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Today has been a really long day. We have been working in two groups on separate places the past few days and today we felt that it was something in the air, that was disturbing our work and our moods.
So we got together in a calm environment and just talked about how we felt about the project and the group. At the beginning we didn’t really know what the issue was, we only knew that it was something that made us unmotivated, irritated and frustrated.
After letting everyone talk, we figured out that it was the lack of structure that made us feel how we felt. Since we have been working in different places and are a group of six people it’s pretty easy to left people out of information.
We also realized that we have reached stage 2 of Susan Wheelans IMGD theory (Integrative Model of Group Development) that is called “Counter dependency and Fight”. This means that we are starting to question the leader and reaching for a structure with a clear goal. The team members are starting to tell what they think and this might cause conflicts.
Susan Wheelan says that this conflicts are necessary to make the group grow and take the time to define goals, create structure to make the group feel safe.
Our solution to this problem is to have more effective and organized morning meetings to avoid this kind of misunderstandings. The calendar has to be updated on a regular basis and we also agreed on what kind of platforms we use for internal communication. We also have been working with two project manager and that have made the whole group confused as well. So we did also decide to define the both project managers role a bit more and en with having one pm and an “extra” hand.
After having this talk with the group, I think everyone left the room with some kind of relief. I guess now when we know that we can handle this kind of problems within the group, we are not longer afraid of bringing up issues and things that we feel disturbs our work process. We do trust each other even more. I also think that the group will work on a better communication to avoid this kind of issues again.
Also we may not forget to have:
when we work!!!
Peace out! / Maria.
PEACE ONE DAY
Here’s a crazy idea: Persuade the world to try living in peace for just one day, every September 21.
- Jeremy Gilley
In this TED talk Jeremy Gilley engaging talks about what we all want, peace. He also proves that if we believe in something strongly, if we do stuff because we’re passionate about it, each other and the world around us, we can actually make it happen. He speaks about starting with the children and the power of individuals coming together as a unit in order to create a world in peace.
In the same spirit Non Violence trying to get the world completely free of violence, every day. Join the largest movement for peace and non violence ever manifested - Imagine one billion faces for peace at iobffp.com
We were approached by the founder of nonviolence.com to digitalize the education they use to educate young people all over the world.
They wanted us to focus on two countries where they a lot is going on right now:
Uganda and Mexico.
While both Mexico and Uganda are behind the western world in internet usage, the real interesting challenge is to see how the service we’re developing works in Uganda where internet is just starting to get big.
The Cable above contains all of Africa’s internet. While this cable looks small, it has given 100 million people in Africa access to broadband internet and cut the cost of internet from 5000 dollars per mbit to about 100 dollars per mbit.
After speaking to Eddy, our contact person and NVP’s top man in Uganda we are confident that a digital solution is the way to go.
Over the last 10 years, Uganda has come out on top when it comes to internet growth
Since 2007, internet penetration in Uganda has almost quadrupled and gone from 2,5% to 9,6%.
With the 1,26 terabit cable in place, Africa is getting serious about internet.
Africa is on the rise digitally and now is the time to start working on digital solutions not just for ourselves, but for the whole world too.
- Carl Nordell
Today Fanny, Amanda and me has been trying to put up a structure with the design process. We used post-its for tasks and a whiteboard with the process on. We also created a big moodboard to have on the wall as inspiration for our work.
Trying to get in touch with Yoko Ono through Twitter.
Tennis champion Robin Söderling and artist Ernst Billgren meets in the studio to paint their Non-Violence replica. Nicely done!
Less violence, more kittens!
( Original image via fluxmag. )