Climate Mitigation Final Reflection

About Project

Setting Goals

We had two major Project Goal evaluation meeting (03270512). 

At March 27th, we still hadn’t realized the extent of impact the corona-virus quarantine would have on our project. Here are the plans that people were asked to choose from: 

Realistic Options for June 15th

OptionWorst case June 15th6月15日前最坏情况Best case June 15th6月15日前最佳情况What happens after June 15?6月15日之后我们如何继续?
AA prototype finished and 10% of solar panels on the roof. We have a course plan for putting solar on the roof.Get prototype workingand install at least 250sqm (50%) on roof, have a course plan finished a finished business case we can give to schools. 
BGet prototype workingand install at least 250sqm (50%) on roof. We have good documentation on the project, but no course plan ready to sell.Achieve 100% solar energy (or other ways to get carbon neutral). We have good documentation on the project, but no course plan ready to sell. 
CWe have some kind of solar device, either prototype or a small roof installation. We have a finished business pitch.We have at least covered 30% of the roof. We have a finished course plan and already some interested customers. 
D  We don’t continue this project after we finish this semester.
E  We continue the project next semester, best option as an IP course that continue.
F  We continue the project next semester but outside classes, either by applying to the MSA Incubator or via the Maker Club.

We still deemed that meeting offline was possible. Even the least idealistic goal was to install 10% of solar panels on the roof. 

The fact was sooner or later was to be known that we couldn’t come back to the campus, therefore could not even build a real prototype. Based on this realization, we had another goal orientation meeting at May 12th. By this time, there is generally one month left before the blank week started. 

What are list below were the final outcome:

  • Finish a prototype that can charge a phone or laptop to full battery using solar
    元完成一个原型,可以使用太阳能为手机或笔记本电脑充电,使其充满电
  • Raise 5000 RMB for a prototype
    为原型筹集5000
  • Publish a handbook to help guide other students to launch their own solar project
    制作一本手册,帮助指导其他学生启动自己的太阳能项目

Though we replaced the actual installment (installing on campuc roof) of the system by other products such as handbook, we still included the installment of prototype in the plan, which, later, we were failed again. I suppose the reason that we made an unrealistic plan twice was that we kept hoping for the best. So, if we do it all over again, I will adviced the people who are in charge of the orientation meeting agenda to hope for and plan BOTH the best and the worst. 

Management

How did we distribute tasks, and meet deadlines?

Leader’s group meets once a week on Monday between 5:30-6:30. During this particular meeting, leaders and coaches balance information with each other to have a big picture of our project. Through this understanding, we instantly make adjustments. For example, when we are seeing that tasks are close to be finished, lead group members would propose ideas about how we are going to divide our tasks next. 

If one meeting involves too much topics to be discussed, we will divide and set deadlines for the tasks between us. For leaders, the deadlines are always quite urgent, because we need to swiftly catch up current situation. Jaguar and Jonathan, two of our team coaches, once constructed a more organised Gannt Chart structure using the similar logic of WBS (Work Breakdown Structure). The rest of lead’s group including Daniel, Billy of Engineering group, and Laurence, Cindy of the finance group provided feedbacks on the updated Gannt Chart. We then held another meeting to further clarify distribution of responsibilities. For instance, we mark up the person(s) who would be in charge of a certain task. Note that the names in bold are the owner of the task. To clarify an only owner is important because this is making people more certain about their works, so that they will not be upset by different expectations, also be more responsible for their own tasks. 

Then, engineering finance team leaders and coaches respectively draw timelines for the tasks. We usually start by setting milestones within a task (denoting the darker colours), then it would easier to complete the rest of the timeline. 

What is introduced above is how we oversee the tasks. What’s more, the owners of tasks check usually check progress of their tasks in check-ins – a 30 minutes’ meeting between 8:00-8:30 every morning. At every Monday, our routine schedule is to check the tasks on Gannt Chart and divide the task with more details. We use Microsoft Planner to do this. Important tasks are checked with special attention. For example, some of the engineering members held a meeting to evaluate the completion of sensor rig. The team coaches and leaders, who are willing to support other members, not only give reminders when the tasks are going to be overdue, but also provide people support in any forms. 

*The approach that I mentioned above is called Gannt Chart is a visualised team management tool (Click “Gannt Chart” to view our Gannt Chart). 

How did we support each other when in need of help? 

Feeling one’s being supported is one of the most empowering experience in this project. This kind of experience need two sides: the person who asks for help, and the person who provides it. First, a person who is not afraid of admitting his or her own weakness, and is out of the bettering of our team and project is a prerequisite for this experience. Also, one who is out of compassion and the same motivation as the former does is readily to provide help. Here are some memories that we have:

How to leaders hold periodic reflections?

Minor reflections happen every Monday in leaders’ routine meeting, where we have informal reflections for the passing week(s). Based on these reflections, we construct actions plan for following days. 

However, a formal reflection meeting is critically required sometimes. At the beginning of the project, in addition to the form of online collaboration, all of us are not farmiliar with each other, which made our collaboration and progress even more unproductive. So, one of the leaders proposed the idea of a formal reflection meeting to reflect on the teamwork. 

Leaders and coaches realized a bigger picture of the issue (teamwork) and settled matters such as the co-build activity for the whole team. Click into the link: Leader’s Reflection Meeting at 2020/4/6 to see more details. Other team reflections: 0410

Documentation and Assessment

During the project reflection session, together we made a general project timeline. All of our documents, evidence, including this timeline, are this shared shimo folder. When the project just started, we used Microsoft OneDrive. Although Jaguar and Jonathan instructed us in such details about how to download related applications, I personally didn’t get used to use OneDrive before we transform the documentating platform into shimo. Shimo is easier to operate, and in which people could see who are editing at the same time (so that we could remind people to focus on the task). I suppose we should brainstorm some “must-dos” before the project officialy starts, where we could have thought about the improtance of documentation. Then, leaders could arrange a short platform research session. 

As for the assessment, Jaguar and Jonathan is in charge of designing the weighing of different sections, which could be tracked in Master Plan. On the other side, we, learners, link our evidence in Matrix. When we link photos and sections in individual folders, the block of the corresponding skill could be truned green. The project coaches verify the skills by turning the green boxes into blue, meaning we have reached the advanced level. The evaluation is not only being counted in GPA, but also a great approach to review a semester-long work, receive feedbacks and future improvements. 

Roles 

The kick-off meeting of Climate Mitigation should be the first lead group meeting. The leaders are who either volunteered as leaders, or encouraged by the coaches to be leaders. Leaders have been adjusting our roles. We were initially responsible for planning check-ins and IP sessions, later, we found the working pattern was inefficent, and that when the project progressed, people need more working time. Gradually, it had became a routine where Jaguar and Jonathan facilitated the check-ins, and us (learner leaders) lead the working time in seperated groups. 

In the coaches’ mind, the project could be divided into three sections: Engineering, Finance and Public Relations&Documentation. While Billy and Daniel were the leaders of Engineering team, Laurence and Yang are the leaders of Finance. When we guadually gained more knowledge about what our works looked like, we merged the Public Relations&Documentation section into Finance. Firstly, we only have seven persons in finance group. Also, applying donors’ investment or raise crowdfunding could not be donw without PR&Documentation. 

Coaches

Jonathan, Jaguar and Lidiia were Climate Mitigation’s project coaches. While Jonathan worked along Finance group and Jaguar worked in Engineering group, Lidiia was our fund-raising expert, our special guest. 

To extend what are described above (it became a routine…sperated groups), coaches seem didn’t provide us too much “visible support”, but rather many “invisible support” like encouragements and conversations. In the middle of the project, when we encountered many tensions in teamwork, coaches were defining their roles as well. Jonathan felt that he had taken part in our work too much, considering how to reach a balance between autonomy and control. 

Through the conversations with Jonathan I realized that coaches were similar with us–trying to find weakness and seeking to break through the obstacles or comforst zones. These are what learners comment on coaches concern and the coaches themselves:

“老张在学期末的时候和项目开始的时候很不一样了,我觉得老张更愿意去带领我们,在团队组织里参与了更多。老张有的时候会担心自己做的太多了,不过我个人觉得没什么问题,因为当老张和抱抱去更多的带领团队的时候,我其实有更多的安全感,也感觉团队是更稳定的。”

“Lidiia是一个我们找反馈一定会去的地方,每次给的feedback都很有建设性,我觉得是一个很会从其他角度去看待我们项目的人,这个人我觉得也是非常重要的,有了这个人之后我, 才能用不同人的角度看待一个问题,有了不一样的效果和解释。”

“Dude I am so grateful that you were here to support us and give much feedback to our project. I was tripped out when I led the team to design the full system. It was you that inspired me and pushed my primative thought on the final system. Also, you did a great job answering a lot of questions raised by us. I would remember the time that we discussed the battery stuuff during the late night. In general, thx Jag!“

People

What are the advantages and disadvantages as a really big project group?

Climate Mitigation project group has the most people than other IP projects–we have fifteen learners and three project coaches. Though it seems that the disadvantages are brought by the self-identification of big project group, the truth st more complicated than that. Here, I am only trying to do a brief analysis, which might not include the full picture. 

In two different perspectives, we are both a big and a small project group, which respectively bring forth advantages and disadvantages. 

  • As a big project group–
    • Hard to manage and communicate

The motivation of joining the project varies between individuals. The larger the people, the harder it is to form private environment to have deeper communication. Without connection and trust being built, it was harder to have effective team management, such as making sure to follow the deadline. This situation is heightened by the irreversible online-working environment, the unfamiliarity between new learners (2019) and founding learners (2018). Particularly, when there are learners who had not discovered deep motivation for this project, on the one hand we need to proceed the challenging project speedily, on the other hand building connections with those learners and helping them to find motivation are necessary for proceeding the project, which cost great energy and time. 

e.g. see Leaders’ Reflection Meeting Note.

  • More excited!!!

There were some moments when almost all of our people are feeling engaged. It was especially happy and silly when we were having the first kind of party, for example, when telling embarrassing project experiences and having the final project celebration. 

  • As a small project group–
    • We need more people to do the works

As a group of inexperienced learners, especially in finance, who were doing a really challenging project with limited time, we need more people to do works, so that we could proceed more tasks at the same time. 

How do we collaborate online during quarantine?

  • Discussing online collaboration norms
    • Turning on camera
    • Be focused

Often we find that being focused, which is an essential element to ensure productiveness of working and meetings, is a challenge of collaborating online. Since we couldn’t see each other, we don’t have peers to remind us of being focused. Therefore, during leaders’ reflection meeting, we came up with norms, which are listed above. 

However, we didn’t stick to the first norm for a long time. While most people refused to turn on camera, others later quitted turning on camerca as well. This is a thing that we all need to reflect on. Here are the reflection blogs. 

How to build connection within team when there is none?

Sense of achievement encourgaes people to strive for more achivements. When this happens, it means that people who originally do not farmiliar with one another start to serve one goal and work beside each other. During this process, we encounter predicaments, deadlock and conflicts. Yet, the moment when the conflicts are resolved would be one of the most impressive team moment being remebered. 

Next, having relaxing co-build activities is another method. Activities such as doing sixteen personalities test, making memes, celebrating mistakes, are where we share happiness together. 

In a nutshell, having “team moment”, some memories that we share together, is the key to this question. This approach is effective when it is either embedded with authentic situation (having achievements), or happen in a relaxed atmosphere (e.g. don’t arrange co-build activity when most people urgently need working time). 

How did we manage conflicts and tensions? 

There are three principles (not the order of significance): 

A) Compassion. Believe eveyone is not simply what we are seeing them to be when the conflict happens. For example, if one seems to have done some “bad thing”, the person is not “bad”. But that he did that out of some reasons. As long as we realize what that is, we could then evolve the team based one these feedbacks.

B) Open Communication. Some members of our team are concerned because some members do not communicate openly. This made teamwork at first largely ineffective. Nevertheless, we also benefit from open communication — there are always some members who care about open communication, so we are gradually approaching to the ideal situation in our mind. 

C) The bettering of our project (progress) and peole (connection). We do not afraid of admitting each’s own defects. This could be seen in our tradition of celebrating our mistakes.

Why we need to do feedback, blog, and sweet/吐槽 box? How did we do these?

There are the three traditions of us: giving feedback, writing blogs and building sweet&吐槽box.

Since everyone could only see small parts of the full picture, giving feedbacks to each other provide opportunities to see bigger picture of both oneselves and the team.

We write blogs on personal websites, which are gather in one shimo chart shared to everyone in the project. Jaguar, our team coach, provides us feedbacks on the blogs. Blogs function as a carrier of our memories for us to refer to in the future. In addition, we sometimes are too shy to share things “face to face”. But in blogs, we could freely take down our ideas and/or reflection of the past week. This kind of communication becomes more spontaneous and natural — someone who might accidentally clicks into one link, feeling the writers’ thinking is interesting. Accordingly, this is one way to build connection and see bigger picture as well. 

Sweet/吐槽 box functions similarly with blogs. The difference are: 

  • the people to feed ideas into the box could be anonymous.
  • we are reading the thoughts together, so it provides an opportunity of a team moment, and also gives more constant feedback.

How did we model effective collaboration? 

Thanks to the obstacles that we have encountered which stimulate us to seek for better situations and solutions, an ideal collaboration situation is accordingly formed. 

  • Sstrong inner motivation/stimulus of working on this project

The behaviors are only the surface of a person or a team — it is the inner world that affect the behaviors. So, without motivation and interest, any outer incentive, such as any rewards, only produce short-lasted impact. 

  • Open communication between members 
    • information balance

This stands on the perspective of team management. Different parts of the team only possess part of view of the project. In order to see bigger picture, to check the progress, and to instantly orientate the project, sharing information to other parts of the team or indivuduals is crucial. 

  • Connection

Personal connection with other members in the project is a way to empower an individual. The moments when the “sense of team” appeared are always parts of the most impressive and productive periods. 

Notably, The obstacles are listed above (before this part) in the form of questions. Yet at this moment, I believe it is necessary to provide a definition to the model of ideal, or effective collaboration, a brief summation of our semester-long teamwork and an expectation for the future. 

About Myself

In 200’s Eclipse, I have been continuing to push myself into what have been underlying challenges in my life. 

Trueness (including open-communication) is one of the most important values in my life. I will not describe it here since it is a project reflection blog, but that I will discuss how I demonstrate “trueness” is a special value to me through the project experiences. 

Since “trueness” weighs a lot to me, I was afraid that I could not maintain expressing my true self and daring to express myself openly when needed, because I’m not used to doing this with people whom I don’t feel deep connection with. I feel that I am isolated because most people could not see me as a soul but rather a thing where their judgment could freely impose on. I don’t want to work with people who would judge me harshly without their realization–and this was the reason that I wasn’t so readily to join the team (or any other teams). On the other side, it justified the reason why I joined the team. I knew the project coaches are Jonathan and Jaguar, whom I felt are not among the kind that I was against. 

I was afraid also because I knew a well-operated project requires fluent teamwork, which requires open-communication. Without it, as what I had expected, conflicts would erupt after a period of tension. I believe conflicts ripped apart the inner world of the two sides who are having the conflict. The most dangerous conflict happened at March 24th, a night before the first checkpoint. K, Y and me were the two sides. 

Before that evening, leaders had felt the invisible resistance which prevented us to work in a most fluent and productive way; however, we weren’t able to touch the obstruction. Team members seemed also want to express something, yet, the major speakers during meetings were always the facilitators: the leaders or coaches. There are not only underlying tensions within learners, but also with coaches. Lidiia, who was our special guest of fund-raising, sought to teach financers theoretical knowledge; however, we all earnestly wanted to start to do some practical things. So I was always the one who mediate in this conflict. Sometimes I sent long messages into the group chat to clarify things. Yet, I felt really confused and hurt because sometimes Lidiia were not responsive enough. Alhough I felt being opressed by both sides (learners and coach) and having no deep communication and responses, I sought to communicate the tasks as clear as I could, and collect feedbacks during each pauses in the meetings. 

In some circumstances, deadlines were especially useful in pushing communication and elevating productiveness. The conflict was triggered by K’s “criticizing” me for assigning invaluable task. The very task was proposed by Jonathan, which I had asked for their feedbacks for more than one time during meetings. There were not any responses though. I was new to facilitation, so on the one hand I felt embarrassed when not being responded for so many times, on the other hand I felt angry because for weeks nobody expressed their thoughts without consistent nagging. I knew it’s time to break through the invisible obstacle by directly expressing my thoughts. In return, K and Y edited long messages as they had never before in response to me. See the conversation here. Personally, I think it was the first and the most major breakthrough in teamwork. To respond to what I mentioned in the beginning, I expressed myself and pushed others (the team) to express themselves, therefore my wish of “trueness” is guarded. 

Besides this experience, I sought to communicate openly with another member of the finance team, L, who was my old partner. Somehow, L gradually got less active in participating in the team works if compared with what L used to be. When we were writing the film script for project concept video, L didn’t enter the shimo document until the meeting has started thirty minutes. I reminded L twice, but since I was preparing APs, I was too tired to nag somebody again. Therefore, I deemed it even harder to proceed with the work, which made the meeting more unproductive. Later, I somehow clicked into her links documented the script writing experience; in which I found her words really hurt. It scared me because I didn’t think L would deal with things like this, making conclusions more exclusively rather than more inclusively. In the feedback sheet, I chose to talk with her through it; therefore I wrote thus: https://shimo.im/docs/47kgJ2mZ0ghPawqV

I reminded her to read feedbacks. L told me that she didn’t dare to talk with me because she assumed it would an ineffective communication. We had a short talk on WeChat, and we made an appointment that we would talk in further detail after the defense. 

I saw L’s weaknesses, and I felt my power of being true is able to inspire others to sharpen their inner eyes–to talk with me with the true selves. Having made those choices, and strengthen my determination to be “true” and daring, other improvements, such as facilitation, where I have improved surprisingly, (I suppose) are only a matter of time.

Products

which involved my engagements

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分类产出名称参与时间参与者链接一链接二
MarketingFilm4月23日
MarketingFilm Script4月19日Jonathan, Cindy, Laura, Laurencehttps://shimo.im/docs/dGDkHYgVhCH9Jq3p
GeneralProject DescriptionLaura,Aimee,Cindy,Yang,Laurence、Kolento、Clefhttps://shimo.im/docs/zvk9d8B7vdTdFnq2
Project ManagementMASTER PLAN3月Everyonehttps://shimo.im/sheets/VOAWVaW1y8H8FYkZ/sPums
Project ManagementClimate Mitigation Leaders’ Meeting4月6日Jonathan, Jaguar, Daniel, Billly, Laurence, Cindyhttps://shimo.im/docs/Ne3NVKlygKuOF93O
FinanceMeeting with Bor Hung, manager at Malaysian solar panel installation company4月10日Lidia, Jonathan, Cindy, Laura, Jaguar, Yang, Kolento, Aimee, Laurence, Clefhttps://shimo.im/docs/bn3j8r6Ly2swFEk2
FinanceUser research PBL4月12号Laura,Aimee,Cindy,Yang,Laurence、Kolento、https://shimo.im/sheets/PHKxHgGVJtK8d9Wg/MODOChttps://shimo.im/sheets/CrD3t8HQqKQTtvJq/MODOC
FinanceFinance Research3月6日Laurence, Cindy, John, Jerry, Michael, Laurahttps://shimo.im/docs/3qv9yqPWGvgQkqY6https://shimo.im/docs/ktQHJrtkWPVdjTcH
FinanceStrategy Discussion3月17日Cindy, Kolento, Laurahttps://shimo.im/docs/9cwjPYrXhwRpxwdthttps://shimo.im/docs/YJA1MEvXB0UYFPAM
FinanceFundraising Stategy – Structure 3月17日Laurence, Laura, Aimee, Cindy, Yang, Kolentohttps://shimo.im/mindmaps/6GkQH89DTX9HpWxdhttps://shimo.im/sheets/XRkgJ28pp1TrFbqM/MODOC
FinanceFundraising Stategy – ppt version3月20日Laurence, Laura, Aimee, Cindy, Jonathanhttps://shimo.im/slides/XRkgJORQ1mUrFbqMhttps://shimo.im/slides/xlkbEZGP2yh9F9q8
Project ManagementLeaders’ Reflection4月6日Cindy, Daniel, Billy, Laurence, Jaguar, Jonathanhttps://shimo.im/docs/Ne3NVKlygKuOF93O
FinanceMSA investment – social impact researchCindy, Jonathanhttps://shimo.im/docs/7Q3QyYzZp9T1FD3n
FinanceMSA Proposal Cindyhttps://shimo.im/docs/dOq5MZ7vG2TdFDql
FinanceMSA investment pptCindyhttps://my.moonshotacademy.cn/cindy-ran/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2020/06/Climate-Mitigation-Project-Proposal-v.pdf
Project Final ProductHandbookAllhttps://shimo.im/docs/8l3aVWl0EKc9F2qy

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Thank you all, climate mitigators, who once sought to communicate with me openly. Thank you all in the leads’ group especially for making one of the best teamwork memories possible 🙂

W16 Climate Mitigation Blog

Project

1.Project Data (budget) confirmed (thanks to Billy)

2.Update MSA investment materials (including ppt, MSA Proposal) based on the data and Jonathan’s feedbacks

*MSA Proposal: https://shimo.im/docs/7Q3QyYzZp9T1FD3n

3.Handbook works kick off

4.Should have finished writing my parts in handbook before Monday. Current progress till the point of writing this blog: organized the structure of 3,1 and 2.4. finished the “Management” part in 3.1.

*3.1: https://shimo.im/docs/8l3aVWl0EKc9F2qy#anchor-TOXr

*2.4: https://shimo.im/docs/L9kBMP4RXxtjwEqK

5.Attend Leader’s meeting

6.16 Leaders’ meeting. Trio!

6.Propose ideas about the final celebration: dessert competition (not desert :p)

People

Laurence是我和一起进行MSA investment campaign的伙伴。刚开始我告诉他data已经出来了,准备一起给MSA发邮件,约好晚上开会收集最后一波反馈。但晚上时候Laurence消失了(可能是设备问题),于是我和Jonathan开了个半个小时的会,我根据反馈迭代完,又发给Jonathan和Laurence想收集最后的反馈。但当时已经挺晚的了,Laurence还是没回复。我那天work on那些materials的时间很久的,加上其他自己的计划,挺累的就和老张说再约时间。

Feeling supported 🙂

Another working group I was in was the handbook team. During the first meeting, as the facilitator, I had to push people to speak. I know they have some ideas, but they just don’t speak up… as if we are going back to the beginning of the semester. The same thing happens in WeChat work group chat as well (People barely talk).

Myself

I felt it’s a trial specifically set by myself. At the beginning of the semester I encountered the same situation as what I described earlier when I haven’t get used to facilitation. Now, I have progressed as the project is progressing. Now, I’m much more composed when encountering this situation 🙂

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OUR LAST MEETING!!! LOVE THIS PROJECT AND OUR TEAM 🙂

Climate Mitigation W15 Blog

1. Revise ppt (MSA investment)
2.Revise MSA proposal
https://shimo.im/docs/dOq5MZ7vG2TdFDql
3.Check the remaining tasks needed for applying MSA investment
4.Research 绿证平台 (will finish this before the end of this week)
http://www.greenenergy.org.cn/
5.Attend Lead’s meeting
https://shimo.im/docs/pmkxQyrn2eSeNoAN

Climate Mitigation W14 Blog

Project

1.Join crowdfunding group

-Contributed ideas for crowd-funding (a platform etc.)—crowdfunding campaign launched!

-Perfecting the marketing passage for crowd campaign

2. Perfecting MSA Proposal ppt and proposal

-Revising the ppt-Check the data added in the proposal https://shimo.im/docs/dOq5MZ7vG2TdFDql

-Confirm our current major tasks included in MSA proposal 

-Confirm the remaining tasks for MSA proposal (data to be confined)

3.Filling in Collaboration template

https://shimo.im/sheets/W3kE0E9Tqqs1xUdj/lmW42

4.Participated in Lead’s meeting

 https://shimo.im/docs/N2A1MEa0ZKFVMBAD

5.Ready for Q&A for Checkpint 3

People

After a brief discussion with Jonathan last weekend, I decided to join crowdfunding team. I instantly learnt that the biggest problem that Laura faced is the platform. Since I had directed a crowdfunding campaign before, I provided Laura a platform, 追梦筹。Laura gave me positive feedbacks, saying that I inspired her to expand her her scope to crowdfunding APPs that people could easily use, rather than authoritative platforms. This time, the new platform proved to be great successful. We Shortly after I told Laura about the platform, we successfully registered and launched our campaign after extending deadline for several weeks. 

Myself

还记得上一次checkpoint时候我有些气愤和焦虑,那时我还在准备AP,而到最后checkpoint ddl的紧急关头,我们开会很低效、队友常常走到别的话题… 最后发现还有工作没有做,我只能来承担这个责任 ,把工作做完。后来,我和Jonathan的讨论后发现出现这种情况,是没有清晰分工的问题,而是留了很多空间让大家自己去认领,这时候就会造成预期落差,团队成员间的tension就诞生了。后来,我们重新根据目前的状况定位产出和计划、基于目标产出混合融资团队和工程组组成新团队,那种“留白”渐渐减少了。这周后半程我和Laurence一直在等工程组负责数据的人算回报时间和具体的方案,也就是MSA Proposal目前唯一缺的信息;这个节奏略微有点慢。不过,这周最使我欣慰的点是继续凝合的团队氛围,这一点是执行一切团队工作的基础,起码在情感和动力的角度,足以抵消到其他的瑕疵了。

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Climate Mitigation W11 Blog

Updated outline

Project

1.Revise MSA proposal 

https://shimo.im/docs/dOq5MZ7vG2TdFDql

2.Collaborate with Laurence – Making ppt & Visualising

3.Contacting Gaozhen – learn about our audience

4.Give feedbacks to new Gannt Chart 

People

Laurence is my only team in task F3 (MSA Proposal). Accordingly, quite a lot conversation happened between him and me this week. Because of this isolation, I sought to balance it with seeing the full picture and giving feedback in cross-team work when I felt something was going wrong.

Give Feedbacks is another theme of this week. Jaguar and I have been working on improving the shimo Matrix chart. I’ve been the one who provides feedback, and I am so glad that Jaguar could care about my thoughts instead of considering me too much in detail like most people considered me.

When writing this blog, another idea came to me: I sometimes forgot some suggestions regarding where do I put my link etc.. Also I know some people don’t know how to that at all. So – would it be possible if we could organize all our Q&A into one document? @Jaguar I realize that it is long before the end of the semester and we still have a lot to do in our project, so we could balance our priority first 🙂

I also talked with Jonathan about our overall progress (will elaborate more later).

Myself

Continued conversation between Jonathan and me

We have been orientating ourselves based on current situation.

Laurence and I decided to complete tasks in F3 by today and receive feedbacks on Sunday. However, it seems that crowdfunding needs some help. So, I told Jonathan that we need a discussion due to the change of plan to discuss a new ddl setting. If Jonathan doesn’t reply to me, I would reach out to Laura and Laurence and revise our timeline.

F3 Action Plan (constructed during Friday IP session)

Album

Sometimes I forgot to take screenshot… =(

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PROJECT

Marketing: started collaboration with film team, leading meetings in script-writing

Film – confirm the role of the movie, which could be used as a foundation of later crowd-funding videos and as a material for checkpoint 2

PEOPLE & MYSELF

这周感觉好累。由于我真的很喜欢,我选择三门对于非母语者很有挑战的人文社科AP;都需要自学。我自己遇到一些新的挑战和思考,本身我期待的理想外界环境是一个包容和接纳的环境;可是这周好像外面的人很有敌意,四处都在限制我,也包括IP。我网上每天熬到很晚,我意识当然比较坚定,但是我身体有些不舒服 开始头痛了。我对script的定位不是很清晰,我期待这是大家可以一起讨论的事;我也很努力地去推进讨论。但我感觉越努力,越被批判和否定。刚开始script会的时候我已经身体比较累,到后来我感到一整个身体都更疲惫了,感觉这不是一件我能努力就达到的事。Jonathan刚开始挑起了责任,在我前一天晚上我花时间调整过逻辑顺序的文本(根据main ideas整理了一遍)基础上加了我们还需要写的荧幕脚本。那种“陷在一摊泥里”的工作氛围仍然使我感觉很差。同伴A会议开始好久以后都没有进入script shimo, 我语音call ta不成用企业微信提醒了一下。她回应说“来了,回来以后还是对我的工作呈critical态度。我再次表想法后,感到同伴A的给予反馈的语气尤其批判,感觉像我打扰到ta做什么事一样,甚至Jonathan都有一点judgy–似乎他们感觉这个script只是我一个人该work on的,而他们只是法官 只需要评判。我猜测ta又像之前一样,觉得团队氛围不好就不说了。我一直的观念是,有任何挑战就直接面对,而不是退缩、更不是在退缩的时候随便评论他人的努力。我感到团队中很多人都有一种自己以为是,或者说 很难站在他人角度思考问题的mindset;这种mindset似乎扎根很深,也不是一次沟通可以有出路的。越难的事越有趣

PRODUCTS

Q & A with Gamification for checkpoint 2

collaborate with film team; Film Script writing

ALBUM

Climate Mitigation W11 Blog

I have been thinking about what dimensions could accurately describe a week. For this week, there’re six parts

PROJECT

  • Checkpoint 2: product concept video & collaboration

The materials needed in checkpoint helped to remind me of the gaps in the project. Skyler’s questions inspired me to think about our way of working. We should schedule some sessions and go through our project thoroughly.

  • Plan these few weeks: crowdfunding team (Laurence, Jonathan, Laura) & finance material preparation team (Aimee, Kolento, Yang, Cindy + [feedback-givers] Jonathan, Lidiia)

-Finance material preparation team: write description and proposal (for solar panel companies, renewable energy companies, and Yimei Foundation). A meeting on Sunday night helped to clarify our direction.

PEOPLE

Checkpoints interrupted the progress of our project in quite a considerable way. In my mind, we perhaps should devise a clearer distribution of responsibilities in the next checkpoint.

I took much more responsibilities than I planned. I perceived there’s a lot of tensions in our team, however, some members chose not to speak out directly; and I know there’s something we the leaders could do to create more environments like this. I also need to express my feelings more directly when I felt I am taking too much responsibilities.

I love the environment we had in Routine Leaders Meeting this Monday (both the reflection and the “annoying and distracting part).

MYSELF

While I did a lot of works beyond my original plan this week; I felt our meetings and communication between team members made me uncomfortable. I lost much of my enthusiasm in our team because of the lack of emotional resonance. Jonathan wrote a long message for me, also because of other experiences, I feel and intuitively know that there has to be a way out of the messy situation.

PRODUCTS

  • https://shimo.im/docs/zvk9d8B7vdTdFnq2

key info needed during checkpoint 2: I put information about finance in it, and reminded other people to fill in the parts that they’re in charge of

  • https://shimo.im/docs/r4ArzBjL9jCYFgAV

checkpoint 2 required additional material: which I helped to remind people of the task and finished my part

Press the play button to view the video

product concept video script; video description with Laurence; organise project material page on my personal website

Download a ppt template for future presentations

  • https://shimo.im/docs/Mm30MKlMOQTaFpqG

Meeting on Sunday night for fund-raising: translator (real-time translation for Lidiia), notetaker, key-point announcer

ALBUM

Climate Mitigation | Product Concept

We’re Climate Mitigation

Our project–200’s Eclipse

Have a preview of our product concept:

<Calling from 200’s Eclipse>

自工业革命,过于密集的人类的活动带来了史无前例的碳排放量;我们正在向一个3.1-3.7摄氏度的世界进发。科学家警告我们保持在1.5摄氏度以下的世界,而如果按照现在的趋势,在十到十一年后我们将会达到安全范围–1.5摄氏度。据测算,MSA新校区每年的碳排放量约为274吨。我们将会在屋顶上搭建太阳能板,以此减少碳排放。你和气候问题近在咫尺、气候行的于你也触手可及。你可以为我们提供资金帮助,参与到这场减缓气候问题的风暴中—我们一起完成这个挑战。

Click on the rooftop to discover 200’s Eclipse
Click on the solar panel to learn about us–our collaboration

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General Review:

PROJECT: 

For marketing 

1) started long-term collaboration with Raising Awareness (Film team), had 2 meeting with film team to discuss Checkpoint 2 video,  finished writing script of checkpoint 2 video. 

2) had a crash course of crowd-funding from Lidiia, decided upon general direction of crowd funding.

这个workshop中的某些瞬间使我感到我们是一个团队了。我在这个过程中一直在做实时的翻译,我特别喜欢这种,通过我的努力 使得双方更加了解对方的感觉。这次workshop的整体氛围很愉快,这是在这个团队(非leader team)中很少能出现的。

3) Target Audience Analysis: wrote discoveries and inferences based on interviews

PEOPLE:

1) During this week, I found some of the team members were not engaged in our meeting as expected, which more or less affect our productiveness.–>after talking with Jonathan, I found we didn’t clearly address distribution of responsibilities and my feelings outloud.

Here’s the current resolutions:

PERSONALLY

I learnt more the way of evaluating GPA and how to give evidence to master skills. Next week I definitely will arrange 5min each day to fill in my evidence.

MEETING ALBULM