Join the NABUUR Online Teams

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There are already teams forming to develop resources for local communities, to shape the way other platforms like Facebook and Twitter can be engaged to increase the effectiveness, to encourage peer-to-peer engagement, and to deal with certain topics occurring in multiple villages, amongst other things.
Do you have ideas or suggestions on any of these topics? Please join the group!

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The NABUUR Camp

NABUUR Governance

All discussions regarding the development of the NABUUR platform have been copied to:
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Review design issues and get these projects on sustainability path.

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Stanley Okurut

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Your right Jennifer,

I have seen most of the projects ending up like like that without sustainability.
I believe we must first look into the future of these projects and discuss possible means of sustainability.

Moses

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Empowering commuities!
http://www.scode.net.tc

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Biju Narzary
Holy Child Children Home for Orphans and Poor of Very poor
Dist: Udalguri
Pin: 784509

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Principal
Biju Narzary
Holy Child Children Home for Orphans and Poor of Very poor
Dist: Udalguri
Pin: 784509

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thanks for the volunteering work and continue with the same
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muirunjui

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i wish to inform you that am intersted to join nabuur on line

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muirunjui

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I really have a tight schedule and to be able to meet up a village and talk to the community is one thing....to tell you that in the internet is quite another......DONT ASSUME that what is on the ground and what is written is the same....look at one post where someone is posting pictures and talking about his project while on that post people are talking about how to run Nabuur?Thats what you get before doing a needs assessment...thats what you get for not letting people know how to work on the net...thats what you get when you have NOT been to villages.....there is a total confusion with how messages and what is being said.....apart from that i think get a wide range of views....if we continue putting ourselves in a "group" of people who keep it...even in the forums and the villages at one time i though that its was a post just for a few people who have been chosen by that village and i quit giving my input and thats what i think Open up to others.

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Hi Pelle,

Yes, it does not work for me that way. The one in the development one is for Kester and the other one is for everyone else to see. I feel there are things here that matter to everyone not just to Kester.

I also find it frustrating that while we try to stay positive and finding a way to stay active in the current situation the only thing I hear from you is a complaint regarding re-posting for all to see a comment that I feel not only matters to the development team.

Best wishes,

Raul

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Hi Raul,

Sorry, it really doesn't make sense answering Kester in this thread. I see you've copied the post in the development thread, I think Kester will find it there. I'll also copy the bit about the NABUUR Camp to that group.

If this way of organizing the different discussions doesn't work for you and you have a better idea - let me know. Keeping everything in one thread doesn't work for me.

Pelle

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Fri, 2010/01/01 - 00:07

Hi All,

Sorry that I have not been able to contribute lately. I have been on holidays and travelling to places with reduced internet capabilities.

I will comment here again rather than to one of the other few discussions that have been created and might get people lost.

Thanks Kester and Frans for your answer I just want to add that it is great to use some of the modules you are explaining but I still don't understand why the simpler things are not done better first and then put more time into the more complex ones. I know using the modules page as an example of site speed is not a measure of what a normal page takes to load but it is a great measure of the amount of modules you are using. My opinion is that things should be kept simple, get the simple things right and the rest will follow. You just need to a site to publish volunteer opportunities, villages and for users to be able to find their way through both. That really does not need a huge amount of modules. As an example, look at Kiva.org as an example. Not the best looking site but it is doing the work, why?, they are keeping it simple. Opportunities search based on 6 simple fields on a sortable table. The formula is really not that hard. Keep it simple.

I still have mixed feelings about the NabuurCamp but would like to hear what others think about it. Maybe there is another discussion about it somewhere else but did not get a chance to find it.

Getting volunteers involved in development and other things is great but expecting that it could run just with volunteers is what I am not so sure about. In any camp concept there is always a leader of the project that will do all the hard continuous work. I give myself as an example, I love helping and I thought I was going to have time while on holidays but the reality is other, we all have things we need to attend to survive and to continue our lives, time over a weekend is fine but in the long run I don;t think it is sustainable to expect people to put add a constant amount of time over a long period of time and on a volunteering basis.

Just one questions I would like ask before applying to be at the camp:

- How many volunteer web developers and designers with experience in community building and Drupal 6 have applied to be at the camp?

I would love to hear what others think.

Raul

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Hi all,
Thanks to you all for your good ideas!Ron, Pelle,Jennifer and others your ideas have made me to contribute my one concept here! You know what? Nabuur should create a Fundrising group and these funds should be kept to help those new registered villages! I noted a difficult becouse I think you remember me that at the first time I wanted to register a village(be a local representative)but since I was a student I didn't be able since I were needed to collect some information for planning a relevant project. I think there should be a fundrising group and once these funds are collected should be kept to help these new villages once they are registered at Nabuur! From here onward, they can take there time to find there way at Nabuur as they have been provided with a start up opportunity! Many of the villages are dormant due to the fact that they dont have a starting point. They register then geet nothing. I think this is very dissapointing. Think about other networks which have been Fundrising. What if we will set these so called newsletters for requesting some donotion from well wishers! I think we have to set various stardards for a village to get few for a starting point! I guess these will make Nabuur to a sustainable networks! Am I making any sense here?

Much Regards,
Philimon Godfrey.

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Hi to you all!
Merry Christmass and happy new here!
I am sorry I have not yet seen this message in my yahoo inbox untill now when I left with only ten minutes at the internet cafe! I should say that I am back now!Talk to you later becoause there is one say which says, always intelligent people talk when they have something to contribute. Talk to you soon!

Regards,
Philimon Godfrey!

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Hi Ron,

I'd figured you'd be interested in project management already. With MMI you mean Man Machine Interaction? I guess we mean the same when I call it Usability / User Experience (hope I don't get nasty looks from Roy, he's the expert on that). Please leave your ideas on those issues here.

Pelle

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Hi all,

I'll set up three groups, in the course of the next days (we're all hit with flu again):
- Getting a village started
- NABUUR Project Management
- Finding the way through NABUUR (fear this name could be confusing: you might get an influx of all new neighbours ending up in a group discussing how they should be welcomed?)

Yes, I have in mind that the people who sign up for these groups take the matter further: define what needs to be there, provide input for the NABUUR Camp / development group. The groups have the same 'functionality' as villages, hence seem to be the best place on NABUUR to form a group: you can post news, send newsletters, invite people, the owner can send group email, set up projects and tasks/discussions and wikis. I agree there is a risk of 'all discussion-no solutions', but also think together we should be able to prevent that from happening. At least we are aware.
I have already offered to facilitate/sustain the 'Getting a village started' group. Siegfried will stay involved with the NABUUR Governance group, Frans and Kester are involved in the Development group. The NABUUR Camp is a shared responsibility for the time being.

Jennifer, you mention "Is a group truly a good way to engage people on a continuous basis, or simply another place to put messages that people need to find and navigate their way through another long thread and still not fully understand what they are supposed to do?"
Which tools do you think are needed to really engage a group?

Pelle

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Hi Ginger,

Thanks for the suggestion. This could be one of the ways to make the thematic groups more useful, so should resonate well with Ron and Vijai?

I can imagine a few ways making the 'agriculture' news/updates available to those villages working on agriculture, etc. It's clear that the groups can and should be put to better use. If we put together our thoughts and wishes before the NABUUR Camp, that would be a good moment to get it developed.

Pelle

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