- “Crowdsourcing” (https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing) the phenomenon, coined by Jeff Howe in June 2006 in an article by Wired magazine “The Rise of Crowdsourcing” (“The rise of crowdsourcing” ), by which people participate in developing a specific element: a product, a concrete problem, a software application (usually done in a disinterested way) either through a request from a company (large or small) as per “motu” own “in order to solve a social and / or technological challenge.
- “Crowdfunding” is the mechanism that allows financing projects / products with the collaboration of people in different formats: as a donation (typically for NGO projects or social projects as they appear on platforms such as Verkami), in exchange for gifts or first versions of the product (like what is usually seen in platforms like IndieGogo or KickStarter) or in exchange for a percentage of ownership of the initiative (crowdequity) which is the model most often followed by private investors.
- Crowdlearning, as a way to share learning processes in a common space in which participants (experts or not) share their experiences informally free of charge with the aim of improving the cognitive abilities of all involved.
One of the difficulties that I have encountered throughout my professional life managing work teams is the coordination of teams located in geographically distant places, what we could call “remote teams“. An example could be found in the management of European projects where a coordinator located in a country has to direct the implementation of a project (which may or may not have co-designed with its partners) with partners dispersed by the European “orography”. This is the most typical case where not only the distance is critical but the cultural differences (although the recommendations that I include can be perfectly applied to local computers, in the case of remote communication equipment is crucial)
In some occasions we may be able to choose our own team but in others we will have to accept people in the team that we do not know or have worked with previously that the relationship is complicated.
It is not always easy to find the best tools to be productive in the management of your tasks and therefore of your time.
I have been for a long time testing different applications that would allow me to:
- Register any task (short or long duration) without having to spend a lot of time writing it, allowing me to show it on a calendar, assign it to a member of the team and prioritize it.
- To be able to record the time incurred in the task
- To be able to follow up on activities under a GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology or simply to eliminate them once finished because they did not interest me to maintain them.
- Integrate with my email to generate tasks from a specific email without having to open them on purpose for it
- That the combination of the tools is the cheapest possible.
I will not go into that detail to get away from the subject of the post in addition to being quite personal.
Already on the first occasion I was pleasantly surprised to see the exquisite organization of the Taizé Brothers managing an environment such as the community of Taizé where more than 3000 pilgrims (with peaks of 7000 and valleys of 600) are received each week To give accommodation, food, offer activities for team work, knowledge workshops, etc. I tried to contact the Brother responsible for all the management but I was not lucky.
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