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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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20Sep
Developing SHARE – Week 2 ‘Discovery’
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A very in depth description of week 2 on the  Start – Up course written by Ben, one of the student team.

“Overall​ ​it​ ​was​ ​a​ ​very​ ​busy​ ​week.​ ​We​ ​learned​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​and​ ​had​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​fun!”

This story describes workshops in customer Empathy Mapping, Design Thinking, Transactional analysis – a personal development model and the process of doing market research, compiling data and presenting the information to the SHARE shop.

Click here: Blog Post Edventure – Week 2 

 

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12Sep
The new Start – Up team plans to give Frome’s Share Shop a boost
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A new team of 18 – 35 year old Start – Up students have arrived at Edventure to take part in a 10 week challenge – To give the Frome Share Shop a boost and help develop the two year old business into something something that is financially sustainable long term.

Members of the team come from Frome, elsewhere in the UK and one has come from Switzerland. They have experience in activitism, marketing, business, music, art, international relations and community organising.

This team is particularly interested in the  community element of this Share – Shop challenge and want to work closely with the existing shop staff, the volunteer team, the existing users and other local people to help Share to find good ways to move forwards.

38 degrees interviewing Manda, one of the students.

Over the next 8 weeks the team will be doing research, running community consultations, working with the Share shop in a practical way and launching a crowd funding campaign.

If you would like to support the project, get involved or take part in Share Shop market research please email the team: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12Sep
We are recruiting a trustee for SHARE – a library of things & our Community Fridge.
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SHARE – a library of things  and the Community Fridge are Edventure’s sharing initiatives that we run in partnership with Frome Town Council. They have steadily grown and reached a level where a dedicated director is needed who can support the team. The director will manage the SHARE staff and will join the Edventure Board to drive the strategic development of Edventure’s sharing initiatives.  As with a trustee in a charity, this director position at Edventure Frome Community Interest Company is voluntary. Please click below to find out more:

Job Spec SHARE Director 2017

 

Application process

Expression of interest – in September

Please get in touch by emailing Johannes Moeller ([email protected]) with a short introduction, CV and some suggested dates for an informal meeting.

Informal Meeting – in October

We will arrange an informal meeting to give you the opportunity to find out more about our ‘sharing’ initiatives, and for us to learn more about your background and interest in this position.

Formal interview – in October / November

We will conduct a formal interview late in October or early November.

 

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28Aug
Edventure launches new business planning tool for community enterprises
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A business planning tool for community start-ups and businesses that we adapted from the Lean Canvas and Social Lean Canvas, originally developed for our students at Edventure. The Community Enterprise Canvas asks you a few simple questions to start planning and communicating your community-focused business.

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08May
Remakery Festival – celebrating upcycling and repair
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Edventure students have been working on launching a Remakery in Frome – a shared workshop for fixers, doers and makers that can be used by individuals and groups or for classes. The space will be launched with a festival celebrating upcycling and repair: a series of free workshops, events and a launch party of course.

All events are taking place at the Remakery, which is part of the Welsh Mill Hub.

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Remakery Launch Party – May 27th

An afternoon of celebrations to launch the Remakery Frome, including an exhibition, presentation, food, music and open forum to talk about the future of the Remakery.

12.00 Arrive and drink coffee

12:30 Presentation by the Edventure students who created the Remakery.

13.00 A delicious community lunch for a small donation.

14:00 World Cafe Forum to discuss our throwaway culture, potential solutions for a greener future, and to come up with ideas for the future of the Remakery. For the kids, a Makeshift musical instrument making workshop.

16.00 Food & Live music, Open workshop session at the Remakery. Until 6pm.

A project in partnership with Edventure Frome, The Men’s Shed, SHARE – a libary of things, funded by Awards for All.

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08May
Bringing ideas to Life; Edventure Week 5
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Taking action and making decisions in week 5 of Edventure Frome’s Start-Up Repair Course written by student blogger Abigail (Abi’s blog)

Getting to work

Equipped with skills we have learnt in the first half of the course, this week we divided into smaller teams and dedicated our time to specific areas. Our roles included; branding and business concept, festival and communications, workshop and planning.

 The Workshop

Harry and Josh made steps towards transforming the workshop into a multi–use space. This involved getting to know the potential and limitations of the physical area and researching what equipment might be needed.
Thomas came to help out and surprised us by bringing us each a candleholder he had made from petrified wood. The candleholders looked great and their simple design made them easy to produce. This inspired me to think of the potential of our project. It would be amazing to see the space being used to make items such as these as way of teaching basic woodwork skills.candles

The Festival

Louis and Allen put their minds to visualising the Repair Festival which is due to launch our project in the last week of May. They led a brainstorming session with the group to find out what we would like to see at the event and reflected on our user research. They also began compiling a list of local people who might be interested in being involved with the set up or running of the festival. If this interests you please get in touch!

 The Business Concept and branding

I worked with Van on defining the direction of our project and came up with some initial brand names. We would love to hear your opinion on our shortlist – please leave a comment below.

Social Media

Andy Britnell, founder of Seeamanaboutblog came to talk to us about how social media can be used as a tool to grow public interest. We learnt about the various forms of social media from Facebook to GooglePlus and how we can use them to communicate with our target audience. Andy talked through ways of keeping professional and adding value, credibility and visibility to our project online.

Something to take away…

Andy’s check list for successful social media.

  • Content

What information do you want to share with your followers?

  • Platforms

Which platforms are you going to target? Which platforms are most popular with your target audience?

  • Target Market

Who is interested in your project? Who will your ideas affect?

  • Influencers and thought leaders

Who is already working in your area of expertise? What strategies do they use.

  • Supporters 

Who might support your project? Try to get yourself featured in blogs and magazines focused on your area of interest.

  • Media Type

Which form of media will most appeal to your target audience; text, image or video? or all three.

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08May
Future Thinking, Edventure Week 4
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A time for reflection and planning in Week 4 of Edventure Frome’s Start-Up Repair Course. Written by student blogger Abigail (Check out her ethical fashion blog)

Making Space

The week began by clearing the workshop with Thomas. We used the time to organise materials and visualise how the space could look. Our aim is to create a workshop suitable for multiple uses with features for woodwork, crafts and textiles.

 

A Library of Things

On Wednesday we met with Aliss and Helen from The Share Shop to discuss how our projects can support each other. The Share Shop already runs many interesting events around fixing including regular Saturday morning repair sessions. Find out more here.

Charting a Course 

Johannes helped us to form clearer intentions for the remaining weeks using the GROW model. GROW stands for Goal, Reality, Options and Will and is a simple structuring method. By breaking down our task into these four categories we were able identify the necessary next steps and formed a plan of action. We defined our individual roles and began dividing responsibility.

Finding Answers in Nature

We took a day out of the office on Thursday to explore our surroundings with Jez and Amelia.

Jez encouraged us to appreciate the visible signs of the
Spring as we walked while Amelia foraged for interesting plants for us to try. Together we lit a fire and thought about the things we wanted to move on from as we progressedthrough the course. We ate a feast of toasted bread and wild garlic that we found in abundance along the way.

Thinking Funding

 On Friday Edventure hosted a talk on Crowdfunding by Andrew Denham; Head Teacher at the Bicycle Academy. Andrew shared his experience of using crowdfunding to raise £40,000 in order to turn the Bicycle Academy into a reality. He kindly explained the basics to us and advised us on the necessary steps to take. Reward based Crowdfunding is a method of raising money for a project through multiple contributions. Usually an entrepreneur or business will post a project they need help funding with a target amount and set deadline for raising the funds. Interested backers are then offered rewards based on the size of their donation as incentive for investment.

Something to Take Away…

 Andrew’s top tips for successful crowdfunding;

  • Tell a compelling story; involve your prospective customer.
  • Do the legwork before you launch; get your message out there, use social media.
  • Hit the ground running; make sure you have built up enough interest in plenty of time.
  • Know your customer, target your publicity to the right people.
  • Be prepared for hard work; make sure you have time to fully engage with the process – before and after.
  • Be open and honest; What can you realistically achieve.
  • Be realistic; make sure you can follow through on rewards.

Van’s poem of the week;

Week started slowly we uncluttered the abundance of all things unneeded,

inspiration still unmet,

what is it we work towards,

finalising our places in focusing on the time to come festival and fun after solid working strong,

walking long in wilderness inlooking and expressive,

an experience of overwhelming freedom let loose all stress and pain even if only for a few irreplaceable moments,

contemplative pictures painted do we understand who we are,

real world comes a calling.

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