It’s been five days since we came back from our journey. So what did I learn from this trip and how did our idea develop?
Most of the ideas of the group were more or less unclear when leaving Finland, but after a week of hard work they had progressed a lot. Our idea Yhteismaa progressed too, but since we have been planning it since last spring and we have actually already produced something together, our situation was a bit different. At the same time with the trip there were already things going on in Finland.
It’s hard to say, which the most important influences from the trip are, but there were a lot of them. The visit to Design Thinkers clearly showed the whole group, what we really have to take into account and what our ideas essentially are all about.
During the trip I also noticed, that we have to simplify the idea as much as possible and tell who we are and show concrete examples of what we are doing. Yhteismaa is something quite unique and our working field is pretty wide, and that’s why it is a bit hard to put shortly, what we are all about.
Many visits and conversations with others also helped with the main problem of our group: funding. How to get it and where to get it is the question we all are facing (as well as how to use it). There are still no clear answers to it, but at the moment our situation seems to be going to a better direction.
In addition I got many good ideas how to develop our idea further, as well as many good tips how to realize them in a better way. And one should not forget the connections made along the trip. For example Kennisland in Amsterdam has just started a project, which has a lot of similarities with our Nappi Naapuri project. A good change for international co-operation!