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18Oct
Week 5 – Developing Share
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Edventure ‐ Week 5 

Written by student Valentine from Switzerland. 

This week has been a big step for the team since we’re starting to bring our main ideas to reality. As Manda explained already when she documented last week, we split our team into two groups:

  • Team RUMABE: Ruby, Matt and Ben
  • Team TRIANGLE: Rosa, Manda and Valentine

The RuMaBe team is taking care of different projects such as marketing, crowd funding or redesigning the website and the shop. While we, team triangle, are organising a clear out for SHARE to get rid of the items that are barely or never borrowed. We’re also trying to develop a new volunteer program in order to get more people involved. Finally we are looking for new possibilities to make SHARE more accessible to people who could need it.

So having a lot to do for the next few weeks we started week 5 by checking the timelines that we had been drawing and our Gantt chart in order to make sure everything was covered and would be done on time.

Team triangle Gantt chart

Since this week was about splitting into two different teams I can only document what the team triangle has been working on. So in order to make sure all the great projects we trying to achieve are acknowledged, Matt has kindly agreed to write a bit about the RuMaBe team (see on page 4).

Rosa, Manda and me spent Monday afternoon starting the volunteer’s and outreach’s research by making phone calls and creating questionnaires. One questionnaire was intended for actual volunteers and the other one was about asking customers if they would like to see more high value items in the shop.

On Tuesday morning we had a meeting with Johannes and the RuMaBe team for a session about how to make a business plan. It was particularly interesting because to understand how a social lean canvas works we tried it out with some of our main projects like creating a volunteer program or getting some high value items for the shop.

The social lean canvas

We learned how a social lean canvas differs from a classic lean canvas by having a purpose and an impact. This tool is really helpful to make sure you’re solving an actual problem and that it matches with your purpose and the impact you want to have. Moreover you can look at your value proposition and check if it’s the best one to appeal to your customer segments.

Link to Edventures lean canvas tool

For a concrete example using our own project: the new volunteer program.

The purpose of our project is to distribute SHARE’s workload more effectively as the shop’s managers have barely enough time to run the shop. The lack of time is our main problem. Then our customer segments would be the staff and our impact would be to give them more time by getting more volunteers involved.

Then for the end of the week, basically Wednesday and Thursday, the team Triangle started to organise the clearing out. As we were going to move a lot of items, we needed a plan. We decided to go through the data and to find out which items were never or barely borrowed. Then using this list we put a sticker on those items in order to let SHARE’s staff to give their veto or their thoughts. Afterwards we started clearing out! Depending on the items and on their aspect they were sent to the recycling centre, to charity’s shops or kept for a future big jumble sale.

Rosa and Manda working hard!

It was quite a difficult process since there are so many items in the shop and it was sometimes difficult to find the ones we were looking for! But eventually we manage to make some space in the shop in order to organise a more effective storage.

Week 5 for Team RuMaBe by Matt

The fifth week got off to a quick start for “RuMaBe”, otherwise known as Ruby, Matt (me) and Ben. With Ben absent on Monday, Ruby and myself focused on doing crowdfunding research online, as well as creating a team timetable for the week in order to give us some structure with regards to the numerous tasks we had to get done.

With Ben back in at Edventure on Tuesday morning, we began the day with a business planning session with Johannes. Following that, we continued with the crowdfunding research from the previous day, and Ruby gave us a short presentation of what she had learned about LocalGiving from a talk she had attended with some of the other groups team members.

Wednesday morning’s focus for Ben and myself was solely on storytelling for the crowdfunding page. Primarily, we needed to brainstorm all the different categories we would need to cover before we could each begin writing for the different sections. It was a time-­‐consuming process, but one that was vital for us to detail in creating a solid and structured foundation to work from. After lunch, we decided to switch things up a bit by watching a video interview on YouTube related to crowdfunding in Frome.

On Thursday, we focused further on storytelling, made a to do list, and came up with ideas for rewards for the crowdfunding page. In the afternoon, we had a reflections session as a group to express how the week had been for each of us.

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03Oct
Idea refining and role dividing – Student Manda talks about week 4 of the Start – Up course
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02Oct
Edventure: Week 3 Blog
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Written and photographed by student – Matthew Anderson

Monday 18th September

Our third week of the ‘Start Up’ course got off to a quick start on Monday morning with a ‘Power Dynamics’ workshop, in which we were set a task by Amelia to individually come up with ideas and designs for a building space in Frome. We began this task by individually coming up with our own ideas for what this project space could potentially be used for. Following this, we each shared our own ideas with the group, all of which were unique, but some with similar themes. The next stage was refining the ideas and themes down into one main category, that eventually being a project space used as a communal place for artists to meet, to work on their own individual projects, and also potentially collaborate. We decided that it could also be a place in which musical equipment could be donated and stored, and with the private, individual rooms upstairs to host film editing workshops, and music production/band practice or recording sessions.

Towards the end of our brainstorming session, this week’s team leader of the group, Valentine, presented this collaboration of our ideas. The main aim of this task Amelia set for us was to bring awareness to how we engage with one another as a team in terms of social influence and leadership.

The afternoon of Monday, following a delicious lunchtime soup made for the team by Ben, involved further brainstorming, this time however, with the week’s challenge brief in mind, which was to communicate our ideas for making Frome’s SHARE shop financially sustainable in a presentation we would be giving on Thursday afternoon to the shop’s managers and our course Start-Up lead facilitator, Johannes. We began sharing and brainstorming our insights related to what we found from the research data we had collected from the previous week. For example, one common insight we had was that the shop’s storage system needs rethinking, due to the current excess of items in storage.

Tuesday 19th September

Tuesday morning began with a talk given to the team by business expert and former investment banker, Gavin Eddy, in which he shared some very useful business advice with us in regards to our team’s aim of making SHARE financially sustainable…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around lunchtime, two members of our team, Ben and Ruby, took part in an interview on Frome FM to talk about our team’s mission to financially empower SHARE as a community enterprise…

The afternoon’s main activity back at Edventure was, with some of the insights we had previously brainstormed in mind, to come up with ideas and potential solutions of how we could address some of SHARE’s current challenges. In doing this, we also had certain criteria in mind, including “Viability/practicality in time frame”, “Workload on SHARE team”, “Likelihood of increased financial returns”, and “Likelihood of making a difference in the community”…

Wednesday 20th September

Since Wednesday was our main day to organise and prepare material for the group presentation the following day, it’s fair to say that we were bracing ourselves for what we knew was going to be a long, mentally intense day. Not only did we have to formulate five key questions from our insights, but also to develop and add to our existing ideas we had for each insight/question. Initially, we decided to start by organising our insights into five main categories – “Message”, “Membership”, “Systems”, “Items & Appearance”, and “Atmosphere”…

Following this, we used another board to come up with questions for our insights, along with a ‘quick wins’ section, which included certain insights that were common in our research we did the previous week, and concerning issues that needed addressing, i.e. the fact that, generally speaking, people don’t value ‘free stuff’ as much as that which has a financial value attached to it.

Soon after, we had come up with our first question – “How might we make people who love the concept of SHARE use it?”

 

 

 

 

By the end of the day, and with some of us staying on for an hour extra, we had finally come up with and organised a series of five insights, questions and ideas for Thursday’s presentation. Though many of us were quite exhausted with information overload by that point, we were satisfied with what we had achieved for the day, and knew that we would be going into Thursday morning on a good footing in preparation for the afternoon’s presentation.

Thursday 21st September

We had most of the morning on Thursday to prepare for the afternoon’s 1pm presentation at the SHARE shop, and in the three hours or so we had to prepare, we spent much of the time sorting through each insight, question and idea, and trying to decide on what the best way would be for us to present…

Thursday afternoon’s main focus was on our group presentation, given to the SHARE shop managers and our course lead/facilitator, Johannes. Our group manager/facilitator for the week, Valentine (left), along with Miranda (top centre), began the presentation introducing the team’s main aim for the week, and that we would be presenting some ideas we had come up with.

Following this introduction, each of us individually spoke on the different areas/categories we had each volunteered to talk about, and overall we presented some very good ideas for potential development. Feedback from both managers and Johannes was received at the end of the presentation, and the expansion of certain ideas will be a focus point for next week. Considering the limited time we had to prepare, we gave a strong presentation of ideas and potential solutions to some of SHARE’s current challenges.

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