Toolbox Planning (Pula)

Agenda / Pula / OOS April 25th – 27th 2016

Monday 25th April (looking back)
08.45 for 09.00 start

09.00 Introduction by Co-ordinating partner (Darwin)
Appoint one person as an observer and timekeeper for the 3 days (could be different person each day)

09.10 Warm up exercise – led by Rojc

09.30 Introduce new team members and participants

09.45 Feedback from UK on the toolbox work and research collected so far, over view of what we have done and what we need to do by the end of the 3 days in Pula.
1. Concrete decisions and next steps for modules / agree common framework
2. Possible decision on the platform
3. Visual artists brief
4. Technical brief (for allocation of platform build budget)
5. Assistantships and staff training dates and content of visits
6. Exceptional costs budget – how do we use this?
7. Everyone knows what they have to do for November 2016 in Lisbon

10.00 Feedback (10 minutes each)
Research teams feedback / led by Danijela (research bees)
Tech teams feed back / led by Nuno
Visual teams feedback / led by Ema or Suse

10.30 – 11.30 Coffee break and ROJC tour

11.30 Meet the Mayor

12.30 Lunch

13.30 5 steps (led by Deb and Ane) 15 minutes
Share the 5 steps common framework and talk through / plus table (2 week deadline)         15 minutes to prepare presentation

14.00 Everyone share their first iteration of their 5 steps module; JUST the Learning Content NOT Visual Content (this could be simply drawn on large paper so we can walk around and look)
*Where are the gaps?? Gap analysis?
*Start to think about
*What visual content do we need?
*Technical aspects
*First Ideas
*How can we visualise the learning content?

5-Steps Model example (Social Enterprise Example fg-5stepsResourcesSocEnt)

15.00 Coffee break

15.30 – 16.15 Ideas for the User Interface (Nuno)
Presenting some ideas of what this might look like and a discussion / Q and A

16.15 Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30 SUB GROUPS (mixed teams)
Ideas generation session on visual content
(45 minutes and 15 minutes feedback) All feedback

17.30 coffee break

Tuesday 26th April (collaborative) 
Big discussion plus sub groups
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Selection criteria for technology platforms (Nuno)

Scoping the choice for #oosEU

A great well renowned author was once at a conference and one person in the audience asked: “You are such a great author, I love all your books, they are fantastic.. I wish I could write like you.. please tell me.. what kind of pencil do you use?

It’s a great story because it illustrates that you shouldn’t start by focusing on the tool but rather by obsessing about knowing your users and know what problem(s) you are trying to solve.

I know what to build, I just need to choose the platform

Until you’ve interviewed between 20–30 users you really don’t know your users and you’re building something based on hypothesis and assumptions. Progress at your own risk.

If however you’ve somehow managed to go through the necessary user research to build something valuable you’re now stepping into execution.

Execution is bound by the team and you should aim to first pick the best team rather than deciding on a platform and then choosing a team that works with that platform. This is best illustrated by considering these opposing views:

“I know we should use X — what are some good X people?”

“I have a good team — what does my team recommend we use?”

I would argue that the second statement is a much smarter approach to building something valuable.

Evaluating your team’s recommendation

You’ve gone through user research and you also have a team in place to work on your product. The team is pushing for a particular platform. Here are some concerns you should have in mind:

Ownership/Autonomy

You want to have ownership (or at least a way-out option) of the platform you choose so that your project doesn’t become dependent on a single platform/supplier.

Multi-lingual

You want a platform where you can make the contents available in multiple languages.

Ease of Use/Usability

You want a platform that is simple to use and according to the latest Web standards.

SEO Friendly URL structure

You want a platform that is SEO friendly from day one.

Open-Source  Continue reading

Selection Criteria for Technology Platforms (Fred)

Scoping the choice for #oosEU

Background; I’ve been involved in thinking about choosing in thinking about how to match technology choices to user (and institutional) needs since the 1980s. The big issue at that time was the arrival of the PC, personal computer. Businesses who had previously seen computers as the preserve of computing professionals, who handed out print-outs of information to managers, maybe a day or a week or a month (!) after the information was requested, suddenly found that users (not just computing professionals) could now actually touch the computer, or terminal, or desktop computer (that is why it is called a desktop) and retrieve information for themselves; later on they would be allowed to input information as well.

Metaphors; Microsoft eventually won the war of the metaphors for user-computing and determine that we would use the “desktop” metaphor. The metaphor both simplifies and shuts down choices for the user; if I know how a business desktop works then I also know how M$ Windows works. If you use computers you are interested in “business.” One of the issues we might be interested in #oosEU is what metaphors we are using in developing the Toolbox. Toolbox itself is already a metaphor of course…

Systems Analysis; As there are issues between what technology can do (its affordances) and what users want (the purpose of the system) a key process in the design of technology systems is “systems analysis.” System analysis is about looking at what the user needs Continue reading

5 Levels Learning Model (London)

The Origin of Spaces (OOS) EU project (Erasmus)

Social Enterprise Learning Resource

DRAFT AND WORKING DOCUMENT UK 5 Levels approach

Overview; This blog post shares the thinking behind the Lewisham 5-Level Social Enterprise learning resource for OOS. Each partner has been encouraged to develop their own 5-Level model, which will be resolved across the project in the next Transnational Meeting in Pula, April 2016. This is our thinking to help clarify some of the terminology and issues.

An interest driven approach We believe that the OOS Toobox is a resource that people will use because they have a specific interest in one or more of the themes of the OOS; Social Enterprise, Multidisciplinary CoWorking, Ecological Transitions, Local Partnerships and Participatory Governance . We anticipate that people will use the toolbox because they want to do things in the real world because they are interested in, or passionate about, that theme. The toolbox is not an education resource encouraging people to say that they know everything about (social enterprise), rather a practical resource for people who want to (create a social enterprise) and wish to learn what that entails; what they will be required to do in order to create a successful social enterprise.

What is the learning narrative? The learning narrative for the toolbox is based on a sequence of, first, inspiring interest in the topic (of social enterprise), secondly scoping what is covered in that topic, thirdly identifying what needs to be known in order to (create a social enterprise), fourthly providing precise details of skills needed to be a (social entrepreneur), fifthly of having enough expertise to share with others or build a community of practice, or collaborative work group and also be capable of providing new resources to the toolbox. If users trust what we have to offer on each theme then this learning narrative will be, arguably, the best way to understand the information being provided. We like UnLtds Social Enterprise Toolkit.

What is the learning design? Whilst the five partner projects are involved with OOS because they bring specific expertise in the five key areas of the project, and so provide much of the resource for the toolbox, we neither have sufficient information about our areas of expertise, nor know how best to provide that information for each and every user. Whilst the structure of the resource will be based on the (5-level) learning narrative we need to design the toolbox so uses can navigate their individual ways through what they are interested in. This can best be described as offering users three choices; to skim the information, address it in depth, or by-pass that information. It is difficult to learn in isolation and so the parts of the toolbox requiring deeper understanding will point to relevant discussion groups, or offer them. The proposed learning design is based on; Structure, Content, Community (see presentation on Learning Design). The Toolbox is only addressing the Structure and Content dimensions so will only point to Community as possibilities for accessing self-managed learning communities.

What are the learning pathways? We intend for the overall design of the toolbox to allow for multiple learning strategies, the user chooses how to use the toolbox for themselves. They may wish to focus on a single theme, such as social enterprise or ecological transitions, they may wish to improve their CoWorking hub in terms of participatory governance or to help create a local partnerships. We hope people will learn from the Toolbox to help them deal with practical problems in their world and so will identify their own learning pathways. If we subsequently decide Continue reading

#OOSchat – What is the best platform for #oosEU

Wednesday October 2015

Background; The toolbox team are meeting on Twitter (#OOSchat) once a week Wednesday 18.30 (Lisboa time) for until the end of November to discuss a range of topics relating to the toolbox design and development.

First topic; What is the best platform for #oosEU. We had some discussions on this in #oosEU week Lisboa (October 12-16) and concluded that as we all had WordPress skills then in practical terms this might be best.

Requirements Specification; In discussion we felt the hosting platform had to offer 3 characteristics

  1. Customisable templates to support the “project style”- to be developed by Fernando (?)
  2. Support e-learning modules
  3. Host the results of any Hackathon which address gaps in the build as the project evolves (e.g. interactive infographics)

Platforms; The following list was presented to #oosEU in Lisboa on Thursday for discussion. We might look at some of these examples during the tweet up

xtlearn.net (on Capture)

Bibblio on Heutagogy Bibblio Intro

MOOCs COOCS P2PU Coursera Futurelearn

WordPress Introduction to WordPress (this Third Place EU blog)

Stigmergy (Fernando) Video > Stigmergy as an image…
fg-stig-#transACT

Hackathon – What makes an awesome hackathon (quora)  HackDay Manifesto

TweetUp resources; There will be a Storify but this space can be used for capturing the discussion;

Fred first suggested looking at Bibblio resources on Social Entrepreneurs

The full Storify version of #OOSchat1 is available

Toolbox Planning (Lisboa)

Some Resources for Toolbox Planning

I have prepared a set of slides covering the topics; this page adds links from those slides;

These are the resources we will link to on planning days October 14/15

Toolbox Vision

Presentation on Workshop Themes (October 14/15)

Toolbox Vision Document (in Google Docs)

5 Themes

Multidisciplinary CoWorking (lead partner LX Factory in Lisboa)

Local Partnerships (lead partner ZAWP in Bilbao)

Ecological Transitions (lead partner Darwin in Bordeaux)

Participatory Governance (lead partner Rojc in Pula)

Social Entrepreneurship (Lead partner Capture Projects (Lewisham) in London)

Digital Platforms (6)  Continue reading