True Iron Bloggers:
- David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) :
- Manfred Gosch (@1aolivenoel) :
- Christine Graf (@christinegraf) in Christine Graf – Blog :
- David M.Wampamba (@idesignwebs) :
- Osbert Mwijukye (@osbertmwijukye) :
- Dick Olsson (@dickolsson) :
- Juergen Rinck (@irgendlink) :
- #umsLand | Tag 11 – Alles meins, alles Mainz.
- Der Atem der Lokomotive | #UmsLand
- #umsLand | Tag 10 – 1 für 2
- Die Parkbank am nördlichsten Punkt der Rheinland-Pfalz-Radroute | #UmsLand
- #umsLand | Tag 9 – Bei Fuchs und Katze ein Bier
- #umsLand | Tag 8 – ganz oben
- #UmsLand mit @irgendlink – Ein Gespräch mit dem Zweibrücker Konzeptkünstler Jürgen Rinck
- Mit der Fremde freundeln | #UmsLand
- #umsLand | Tag 7 – Die Bilder
- #umsLand | Tag 7 – Übern Rhein
- Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) :
- Isa Schulz (@murgeys) :
The lazy ones:
- Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) (the feed is gone since two weeks)
- Hagen Graf (@hagengraf)
- Daniel Roohnikan (@roohnikan)
Eliminated because of excessive debt:
|this week:||15 €|
- Adedayo Adeniyi (@daydah) – 35€ or 7 good deeds (the feed is gone since 2 weeks)
- David M.Wampamba (@idesignwebs) – 30€ or 6 good deeds
- David Opati Aswani (@susumunyu) -25€ or 5 good deeds
- Osbert Mwijukye (@osbertmwijukye) – 20 € or 3 good deeds
- Daniel Roohnikan (@roohnikan) – 15 € or 3 good deeds
- Manfred Gosch (@1aolivenoel) – 10 € or 2 good deeds
- Lena Roohnikan (@lerooco) – 5 € or 1 good deed
- Hagen Graf (@hagengraf) – 5 € or 1 good deed
Previously retired (must pay 30 € for the re-entry):
- Martin Gosch (since 16.01.2017)
- Jonathan Rukundo (since 13.03.2017)
- Shedy Serem (since 16.01.2017)
A while ago I discovered my calling which is about educating or teaching others. Fulfilling my why is not a comfortable zone and I must discover how.
I already set my dream affirmation for what I think is a brilliant goal. First of all, it’s not the only goal I have in regards to improving technology skills and employment opportunities in Uganda. However by analyzing several ideas, I believe it’s the sustainable one than the others. My goal is to teach over 100,000 in Uganda, in 3 years about technology and fallback to monitor progress and impact.
The number looks big especially reflecting to my personal financial ability and the availability of resources.
Courageously, an organisation in Tanzania (http://poweringpotential.org) is using almost 90% of the technology we shall use for our Mobile Digital Hub.
What happens is that we shall use single board computers (Raspberry Pi), connected to a LED Monitor together with a USB Mouse and Keyboard. We shall install a favourable but light linux distro, open office, google chrome and firefox browsers and notepad++ open source software to cut costs. Additionally the project will run on green solar energy, and the trainers will be volunteers. We take this approach so that we can reach as many communities where people can not afford a computer as well as are not in position to pay study fees for computer lessons.
I kindly request for your advise/help in all ways to realize this dream and have people empowered.
When starting any design project, you need to ask a lot of questions. The perceived problem and actual problem may not be the same. So how can you get better at asking the right questions?
I decided to brush up on my questioning skills by reading A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger. Berger illustrates how questioning is an inherent skill we’re quite adept at during childhood. He notes that children haven’t developed a “mental model” of the world, so they question everything. But as we go through standardized education, we begin to suppress our curiosity.
As adults, it’s frowned upon to ask too many questions in the workplace. On the flip side, we’re often embarrassed when we don’t have immediate answers. But Berger claims the ability to admit you don’t have all the answers, but can ask better questions, is a superior skillset.
By analyzing innovative figures, Berger identified three common types of questions that lead to breakthroughs.
Why does something have to be the way it is? Has everybody else missed something obvious? Are we basing our understanding on assumptions? Asking ‘why’ questions is about challenging assumptions and the status quo. A famous example of a ‘why’ question is when Edwin Land’s son asked, “Why do we have to wait to see our pictures?” Land answered that question by creating the Polaroid instant camera.
This is where you mash up ideas, go against common logic, or add/remove factors that make the challenge more interesting. Sky’s the limit here as each wild idea often yields a workable element. This thought process is sometimes referred to as “divergent thinking.” Thank the candy gods that one day H.B. Reese, inventor of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups asked, “What if you put peanut butter and chocolate together?”
This is where the rubber meets the road. Propose solutions, create testable hypotheses, perform a bunch of tests to gain insight. This is typically the “prototyping” stage where you have to see what elements of your ideas are compatible with reality. A near legendary example of the rapid prototyping is the story of the Google Glass team creating a working though ugly prototype of Glass in just 45 minutes.
Questioning in Business Culture
While most modern enterprise companies use buzzwords like “out of the box thinking”, they seem to rather question averse. Instead, they’ve created a culture which rewards employees on measures of efficiency, while punishing those who ask too many questions.
Enterprise software design treats the Lean method more as a process than a mindset. It’s used to move a project from concept to creation, but not to iterate and discover. In a true spirit of Lean, a team needs to be ready to try many approaches and fail. A strong culture of questioning is essential to achieving innovative results.
UX and product designers must adopt a questioning mindset. Skilled questioning leads to better outcomes and paradigm changes within organizations. You may stir the pot a little bit, but you may also help shape a new direction and encourage others to move forward.