a good friend once wrote: "You are the trigger/cause of a movement." Ever since these words keep turning around in my head.
I have reckoned with support, however, not to deal with hundreds of registrations in the last few weeks through our three-member HC Team. For comparison only: At my principal employer we are 65 people in 7 divisions grown through/over decades.
In record time a first HC Core-Team was established and a project management structure was built up, so we can collaborate in short over the whole globe. Target-orientated/Targeted, agile and flexible. Moreover we will aggregate upcoming ressources in more teams, which means, that we display potentials in quality, safety and development, which we could not have imagine with our means so far. More information will follow via Newsletter in the next few days and weeks.
So at this point big thanks to everyone supporting us! It´s nice to know that you are with us!
When does the Human Connection Network start?
We can not set a certain release date, due to current structuring processes and the numerous new-registrations. Here we ask for your understanding and some patience.
Human Connection will be the first social Knowledge- and Action-Network. From people, for people.
Is it a movement? Yes, I have a feeling, that a dream of many is getting real.
I could have built up a school with my private invested capital, but what if Human Connection will enable us to build thousands?! This and further more?
We thank you very much for your donation, distribution and participation.
Dennis Hack & Team
DONATE NOW: http://de.humanconnection.org/donate/
CLOCK OF CHANGE: more than 1500 new signees in the past 4 weeks! Are you part of it too?
WE NEED (on a volunteer basis):
– Project Assistants
– Senior PHP Developer
– Mock-Up- and Wireframe-Artists
– System-Analyst- / Requirements Engineers
Wir freuen uns ganz besonders, dass Dennis Hack zu den Seegesprächen 2017 eingeladen wurde.
Das Thema der diesjährigen Veranstaltung lautet „WELTBEBEN und Lösungswege“ und die Veranstaltung findet am Montag, den 13.02.2017 um 19.30 Uhr statt.
Weitere Gäste sind Willy Wimmer, Silberjunge Thorsten Schulte, Pfarrer Rainer Maria Schießler, Harro Colshorn, und evtl. einem Überraschungsgast..
Bei Facebook: einfach rechts auf neben dem Herz auf "Jetzt Spenden" klicken und es öffnet sich das Spendenformular. Nun das gewünschte Intervall auswählen und die Einwilligung zum SEPA Lastschriftverfahren abgeben!
Auf humanconnection.org: auf den Reiter "Spenden" klicken - der Rest funktioniert genauso wie bei Facebook.
Wir bedanken uns herzlich bei allen, die schon gespendet haben und freuen uns auf jeden Unterstützung die noch kommt!
We thank the initiators of peace300.org for letting us be part of the project and wish them all the best!
All volunteer jobs available on Human Connection are now online on a dedicated page in the beta area. If you'd like to be part of the team and help, check back regularly to see how you can help!
It is UNBELIEVEABLE what is happening right now! The world is changing so fast that today is almost yesterday, which is why we will be able to give you detailed news a bit later. To cut a long story short: for 7 days, the phone hasn't stopped ringing...
We are receiving countless messages, donations and a lot of volunteers are joining Human Connection: many of them coming from the world of IT or programming (about 70 programmers have registered!). By now, we have a team of about 10 specialists and it's getting bigger and bigger! Furthermore translators, graphic designers, designers, betatesters, lawyers, illustrators, film makers, advisors etc!!
Something really really big has started here! <3
Also really exciting: The Clock of Change has come to life and we have reached 1000 signees! Who else is on board?
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL SUPPORTERS and especially the team at KENFM that helped firring this up!
Talk to you soon!
P.S. All emails will be answered, please be patient. Teams are being built one at a time.
P.S.S VERY IMPORTANT: Please tag Human Connection as non-spam in your Email and check your Spam after your registration. Signees, Newsletters and so on are only valid after reconfirming (just one click)
P.S.S.S We deleted Google Ananyltics on www.humanconnection.org. We don't have time for it anyway :-D
P.S.S.S.S. SSL certificate on beta.humanconnection.org is not working yet. We are on it.
P.S.S.S.S.S Frequently Asked Questions Board is in the making.
Presentation Site: de.humanconnection.org
HUMAN CONNECTION CHANNELS FOR NOW
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Human Connection DESIGN:
Human Connection UI/UX
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LINK ZUM INTERVIEW (KENFM)
(ENGLISCHER UNTERTITEL KOMMT DIE NÄCHSTEN TAGE!, FETTES DANKE AN DIE VOLONTÄRE!)
Eine PRO-CONTRA TEST-Diskussion über das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen auf der Pre-Beta von Human Connection. :-)
Wie gefällt euch das Prinzip einer zweispaltigen Diskussion im Vergleich zu einer gewöhnlichen Kommentarspalte?
(ACHTUNG: ES HANDELT SICH MOMENTAN UM EINE TESTOBERFLÄCHE UND IST NUR TEILWEISE ZU BENUTZEN)
Due to some problems in understanding, we have reworked our declaration, which is named now “Clock of Change” The text to sign was shortened into:
“I believe that change starts in every individual and if enough people change, the world will change. I want to build a bridge to a sustainable future for the children of this world.”
As you may have signed the old declaration with the old text, we kindly ask you to rebut, if we shouldn’t keep your signature on the new Clock of Change. In this case, please send us a short message (firstname.lastname@example.org) and will remove your signature immediately.
Thanks for your understanding and your support
Your Human Connection Team
One of the research topics the Stuttgart Media University is focusing on is Information Experience & Design. The research group is led by PhD Michael Burmester who is working at the Stuttgart Media University since nine years. Information design is his passion: „Products have to adapt to people“, he says, not the other way round“.
By defining objects according to their suitability for use, PhD Burmester also meets the core concern of Human Connection: „Our platform is not only an information, but above all an action network, a tool for active people and those who want to become more involved. Social networks so far place the emphasis on the self-preservation and self-presentation of the users. Up to a certain degree they are even forced to do so being for-profit companies. We as a non-profit organization, however, want to use our social network to develop new ways of online communication that focus on practical applicability for the common good”, says Dennis Hack, founder of Human Connection.
Usability and User Experience Research Lab
The Usability and User Experience Research Lab (UX Lab) provides a perfect environment for Human Connection to better understand people and their way of using technology. Several observation systems analyze various usage situations and the user experience. In the course of constructing the new facility in Stuttgart Vaihingen, the UX Lab has been renewed and greatly expanded, so that it now offers one of the most modern reseach environments in the whole of Europe with an impressive technical equipment:
- Remote, Monitor-based eye tracking system (Tobii T60XL)
- Wearable (head-mounted), mobile eye tracking system (Tobii Glasses)
- Specialized software for behavior analysis (Observer)
- Specialized mimic analysis software for emotion tracking support (Noldus Face Reader, 5.1)
- Brain Computer Interface Emotiv EPOC, wireless EEG system
- Software for quantitative research (e.g. SPSS) and qualitative research (ATLAS.ti)
- Miscellaneous equipment (several tablet computer, wearable computers etc.)
Besides the presentation and development of our online network, this Workshop offered the concrete opportunity to participants to network among each other, present their own projects, find new allies and excite exchanges on relevant topics. « The idea is to reproduce in the real world exactly what shall happen later on the network », says Dennis Hack, founder of Human Connection. « We want to bring together a community of people who exchange about best practices for global and local positive change and help them by providing specific tools that benefit learning from each other », he explains.
During this workshop, participants reported on their own experiences in social media, digital networks and online platforms. They reported on specifically negative experiences they had had with the commentary functions in other networks: Discussions there were not considered as to be constructive and nearly all participants had already been subject to insults and had the impression that existing online tools would not allow them to argument in a factual way. The argumentative functions presented by Human Connection, such as the “pro & contra discussion” and the “versus area” that shall complement the comment section on the future network were appreciated by the participants as to be meaningful alternatives. “I was surprised to see how intelligent the network will function. It is exactly what I was wishing for since a long time and thought until now that it was impossible”, declared childcare worker Alexandra Schulze after the workshop. “While Facebook is targeted to self-portrayal, the Human Connection functions can contribute to leading more solutions- and results-oriented discussions”, says psychologist Robert Winkler.
Democracy, Moderation, Transparency and Data protection
In order to create a relevant moderation guideline for our upcoming network, a survey has been conducted amongst the participants of our Workshop in Central Germany. The results of which are still being evaluated. One point however, was immediately agreed upon: moderation should not solely be done by specifically registered moderators but every member of the Internet community shall be given the chance to vote on the authorization of a post report. Reported posts would thus be displayed to randomly selected users that are neither linked to the author of the post nor to the person who reported it. This democratic principle fits best tot he values Human Connection stands for and has the advantage that people are in the same time encouraged to further studying and to see the network as to be a common platform to the design and orientation of which they are constantly involved in.
|Bis 19 Uhr||Anreise und Ankunft|
|19 Uhr||Begrüßung und Organisatorisches: Schlafen, Essen, Toiletten, Müll, Küche,|
|Hausregeln… und Infos zum Schloss Weitersroda|
|19:15||Kennenlernen, gemeinsames Abendessen Lagerfeuergespräche J|
|9:29||Aufwachen! Nur noch eine Minute Zeit für Frühstück ;-)|
|9:30||Human Connection - Das gemeinnützige soziale Wissens- und Aktionsnetzwerk:|
|-||Wichtigste Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede|
|-||Komponente: soziales Netzwerk|
|11:15||Fragen & Antworten zu Human Connection|
|13:30||Transparenz & Fairness|
|-||Lösungsorientiertes Kommunizieren und interagieren|
|-||Funktionen zur Konfliktlösung|
|-||Manipulation & Trolling,|
|-||Userstatistiken & Points|
|-||Vermeiden von Moderation|
|16:00||Moderation, aber wie?!|
|-||Wer moderiert und Anhand welcher Regeln?|
|-||Wann wird moderiert?|
|-||Alarmmeldungen & Möglichkeiten|
|-||Rat der Guardians|
|12:00||Gemeinsames Mittagessen und offizielles Ende des Workshops|
|-||Wo stehen wir aktuell?|
|-||Wie geht es weiter?|
|-||Wie und wo kann und möchte ich mich in Zukunft bei Human Connection einbringen?|
NGOs workers, project leaders from economic development agencies, educators, teachers, students, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants… More than 40 participants with a large diversity of personal and professional backgrounds from 11 different countries brought their valuable contribution to the Workshop "Tools for Change", held in Phnom Penh at Meta House in the beginning of August. The major purpose of this international event organized by the german NGO Human Connection was to investigate the major needs of all those who are using digital tools for inter-group cooperation and non-profit initiatives. "Our team currently works to define and design the ideal social network to promote social good and this workshop brings us a lot as we always need to get feedback on how to improve our upcoming tools" says Nimith Chheng, coorganizer of the workshop and spokesperson of Human Connection. "It is our second workshop focused on the potential needs of our users; the first was held in Paris last March, however this time we choose Cambodia because there is still a lot to do here to better connect people and share ideas on how to effectively combat social and economic inequities", he explains. Despite significant recent economic growth, Cambodia indeed remains one of the poorest countries in South-East Asia, with approximately a third of its population living below the international poverty line established by the World Bank at $1.25 per person per day.
A set of key issues and priorities for Cambodia
Issues addressed at the workshop centered around Cambodia's social and economic development and the need for better use of technology. According to the participants, access to education and vocational training are the first priorities right now, as is the need “to build and strengthen local capacities”; "to answer the skilled labor the country needs”; "to bring Cambodian people hope for a brighter future and to develop their employability”; ”to increase job opportunities”; "to reduce social inequities”; "to prevent all forms of discrimination”; "to fight against corruption”; "to ensure an economic diversification or a better economy”. Many other priorities and needs for Cambodia were identified, such as a sustainable provision of clean water and sanitation, a good health care system, greater awareness around the protection of environment (including waste management and recycling) and affordable access to green and renewable energies. Regarding the work of NGOs on the ground, one of the main topics of the workshop, a majority of participants recognized that their work is important for the country but many of them look forward to continuing progress, in particular "in order to be more effective”; "to make a bigger sustainable impact”; to avoid "dependance of local populations from aid”; "redundant or duplicated work”; "competition" or "conflicting approach". A large majority of the participants also believe that cooperation and comprehensive approaches are essential to move forward non-profit goals; likewise, a social network focused on local and global change could help to link up with people and meet the challenges ahead is a core need right now.
The ideal social network to promote social good
A large majority of participants believe that "the major social medias could help to promote sustainable change, showcase non-profit projects and obtain support" but many of them consider that a few things are missing, such as discussion forums or collaboration zones, opposing views, the respect of users and of their personal data, a high quality information, functionalities to show progress on social projects.
Participants were also asked to share their expectations of the ideal social network for social good and to complete the definition proposed by the previous group questioned in Paris during the latest workshop organized by Human Connection. "The ideal social network should be open to all and able to bring together people and groups from all backgrounds without borders, user-friendly, with a large users base; with interesting, reliable and well-indexed content; and with ethical, respectful use of personal data not financed by ads or sponsored content. Most importantly, this new network should be able to provoke positive impact and create something concrete and ambitious in real life".
A few challenging tools for a better word
The question with regard to the needs for different information and cooperation tools and functions of an ideal social network completely split the workshop participants. Some of them declared that they mainly need: ”simple tools to reach more people”; "a powerful search engine to better know what has been done before”; "databases to ensure collaborations”; "advocacy or discussion forums to ensure a mass effect and provoke synergies”; a mechanism to "broaden views on social challenges for more informed decisions”; ”online workshops to share best practices”; “an event calendar” and "the ability to showcase a project and request support". Others attending proposed "a project collaboration room with an index system to support documentation files", "the possibility to manage multiple feeds across different platforms to learn more about projects and to promote them", "better filters and tags of keywords in order to easily find informations" or "tools to ensure a direct communication to the stakeholders".
These various expectations have reinforced the direction of Human Connection in its goal to design a social network that will replace the inefficiencies faced by non-profit in Cambodia and help them to use their resources to reach their goals. Human Connection is working on a social network open to all, completely non-profit, and 100% dedicated to dialogue and cooperation, solutions and results-oriented. With this Workshop, Human Connection also made a big hit with 10 people (25% of the participants) offering to contribute to the forthcoming non-profit social network as volunteers.
First Translation Tool: http://beta.human-connection.org/tools/translation
Die CONNECTION 2016 ist die Idee, in der realen Welt abzubilden, was wir uns für unser Online-Netzwerk vorstellen, nämlich das Zusammenkommen einer Gemeinschaft von Menschen, die sich für verschiedene Themenbereiche des Gemeinwohls interessieren oder auch bereits aktiv einsetzen.
Ein weiterer Aspekt der CONNECTION 2016 wird die Vorstellung und gemeinsame Weiterentwicklung unserer Onlineplattform sein, auf der in Zukunft genau diese Art der Vernetzung stattfinden soll. Wir wollen mit dir zusammen darstellen, welche Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede zu anderen Netzwerken bestehen, wir wollen kritische Fragen beantworten, Regeln für die Moderation des Netzwerks erarbeiten und herausfinden, wie die Zukunft des Netzwerks aussehen wird und welchen Anteil du daran haben wirst.
Du bist aktiv, Teil eines Projekts und möchtest es vorstellen? Du hast Ideen, wie etwas bewegt werden könnte, wenn jeder Einzelne in seinem Alltag etwas ändert? Du möchtest etwas umsetzen, aber dir fehlen noch die Mitstreiter? Du interessierst dich für ein Thema, möchtest aber gerne verschiedene Meinungen hören, weil du nicht ganz sicher bist, wie du etwas für dich einordnen sollst? DANN BIST DU HIER RICHTIG! Wir wollen dir Gelegenheit bieten, dich zu vernetzen und in der Gemeinschaft neue Wege der Zusammenarbeit zu finden. Nimm mit uns Kontakt auf!
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The picture is enough to sum up the potential of the collaborative platform Human Connection in its ability to connect a set of individuals, organizations and public authorities to face, hand in hand, the ambitious challenge of transforming this site in a sustainable manner and bring the city of Phnom Penh and its inhabitants a big breath of fresh air and oxygen.
With direct links between Information and Action provided on the platform, we can very well imagine in this case people around the world seizing upon the issue, beginning to share and relay the challenge, investing to improve the state of the Street 105 canal. We could imagine an NGO or a coalition of NGOs joining forces, mobilizing their supports, developing their networks to act in concert with local residents, public authorities, and with groups of specialists in water treatment and drainage and all those who are able to understand and act on the complex relationship between water, architecture, urban planning, infrastructure, human behavior, safety and quality of life.
This is what our social network aspires to, promote the sharing of useful news, ideas, causes and values as well as smart knowhow and experiences that can benefit everyone and meet mankind's needs.
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worldwide community to take action for a better world by
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Social networks and Digital transformation : Four major challenges for NGOs
By Culture RP, April 8 th 2016 bit.ly/1SiO2PV
The French news magazine Culture RP met Dennis Hack and Nimith Chheng, co-organizers of the workshop "Networking for a better world" that took place in Paris 18th and 19th of March.
The laying of a ﬁrst foundation stone at the University for the German non-proﬁt social network Human Connection
As part of a partnership between the German NGO Human Connection with the French Institute Inalco - University Sorbonne Paris Cité and its CFI Department (Intercultural Communication and Training), ﬁfteen students of Bachelor and Master Programs were invited on 18th and 19th March to share their perceptions on the role, missions and concrete achievements of non-governmental organizations. "Inalco was an obvious choice given the extreme and valuable diversity of nationalities, cultures and perspectives involved. The students backgrounds, experiences, interests, values and opinions offer us a wider view on our ongoing development”, said Nimith Chheng, both lecturer at the Inalco and consultant to the German NGO.
This partnership is a novelty, both for the CFI Department and for its partner. On the one hand, it values the relevance and quality of the training program provided by the Parisian institution in terms of interculturalism, knowledge of languages and civilizations; on the other hand, it enables the German NGO to develop a better understanding of the expectations of its potential users and enhances its ability to adapt and innovate in view of an increasingly connected, informed and demanding world. For Dennis Hack, CEO and founder of Human Connection, the workshop was particularly instructive and helpful to consolidate the positioning of his organization by shedding new light on the key beneﬁts of the upcoming social network. The German organization is currently preparing to launch a new social network for the general public and changemakers, with a set of services and features for non-proﬁt organizations to increase their notoriety and the overall visibility and attractiveness of their programs and projects.
Four major challenges for NGOs, from the legitimacy of the objectives pursued to the need for an open and transparent communication
Twelve thematic round tables led by ﬁve expert speakers in the areas of communication of inﬂuence, marketing, brand content, e-business, digital communication and participatory funding, have allowed to identify the NGOs main challenges in terms of communication and capture of audience. As they face a ﬁerce competition and a strong acceleration of information ﬂows, their communication, which aims to maintain and grow their positions, should no longer be limited to simple “small talks”. NGOs must meet and whenever possible even anticipate the information needs of their various stakeholders and thus assume to the full their role and responsibility. Alain Forgeot, expert speaker of the workshop, pointed out that non-governmental organizations are to be regarded today as fully ﬂedged media. Whatever their level of maturity, their size, their level of commitment or whether their ﬁeld of action is anchored locally or globally, all NGOs are today constrained to implement differentiation strategies to demonstrate their professionalism, strengthen their reputation, target their needs and achieve their overall goals.
Four major challenges for NGOs have been identiﬁed during the Workshop. The ﬁrst challenge is to develop an unassailable position as a specialist or “market leader” (whether on a global mission, a particular program/project, a speciﬁc problem or geographic region). The second is to engage in an open communication with all stakeholders, which notably implies a fair value allocation model, a clear visibility of the ongoing missions, a clear understanding of the issues in the areas of action, a regular reporting of key results achieved or expected and a certain transparency about the resources allocated to the particular causes. The third challenge identiﬁed by the participants is the ability of NGOs to attract attention, arouse interest and commitment and to build strong relationships and lasting trust with a large range of partners and supporters. Understanding and exploiting the potential of social networks in order to give life to their plea has become the fourth challenge for NGOs. Social networks as a space for exchange and discussion can effectively be a great, new and cheap sounding board for the objectives pursued and can, if the right content is produced, considerably contribute “to create something concrete and ambitious in real life”, as one of the participants summed it up.
The ideal social network for a fairer and united world
To consolidate its positioning, Human Connection also invited the participants of the workshop to share their conceptions of the ideal social network for a fairer and united world. Diverse expectations and demands have been formulated, including: "An ethical network should not be ﬁnanced by advertising or sponsored content", "a network to bring together groups from all backgrounds without borders”, "a network open to all", "transparent and respectful of personal data", "user-friendly", "with interesting and well indexed content", "capable of uniting the communities involved” and “able to provoke positive impacts”. The results of the workshop are being analyzed and should be published within the next days.
A partnership focused on many international issues of openness, cohesion and sharing
The cooperation agreement between Inalco and Human Connection pursues many goals, explains Nimith Chheng, teacher at Inalco and consultant of the German NGO : On one hand, the cooperation will promote and enrich the teachings of the French Institute in the areas of Intercultural openness, cohesion and sharing, while on the other hand Human Connection will get the opportunity to strengthen its positioning and the main functions and services of its collaborative platform. The plurality of backgrounds, opinions, interests, cultures and values of all participating students should allow the German NGO to develop a better understanding of the expectations of its potential users but also enhance its ability to adapt and innovate in view of an increasingly connected, informed and demanding world.
A two-day intensive workshop to simulate a real professional situation
As part of the partnership initiated with the German NGO, a workshop dedicated to the main NGO communication issues, including differentiation strategies, coverage, attractiveness and the opening up of target groups as well as fundraising and partnerships, will take place on the premises of Inalco on 18th and 19th of March. The workshop is open to students of Intercultural Communication Department (CFI) with a Bachelor or Master degree in LLCER-CIM 1 or 2. Dennis Hack, founder of Human Connection will be present at the workshop and the participants will be invited to take part in in different working groups supervised by a team of teachers specialized in the areas of corporate communication, media relations, strategic marketing and interpersonal communication. During this two days “non-stop” workshop, the students will especially be encouraged to develop their professional and interpersonal abilities to meet several specific goals and achievements at a steady pace within a short and limited time. The students, who participate in this voluntary intensive workshop are provided a great opportunity to confront themselves in a real situation to the specific issues and challenges of growth and development of a young NGO.
|About Human Connection
Human Connection is a German non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Dennis Hack, CEO of Eurotramp. As a part of its mission, the NGO is currently working on the development of a social network focused on a better understanding of societal issues and challenges and promoting the sharing of useful news, experiences, best practice and know-how at a local and global level.
The French Institute Inalco was created in 1669 by edict of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Minister of Finances under the rule of King Louis XIV. With more than 8000 students today, which includes 300 PhD students of 114 different nationalities, 14 research teams, 245 permanent teaching-researchers and 360 national and international guest speakers and lecturers, Inalco has become over the centuries an institution of
|unrivalled scope, teaching languages and civilizations that span Central Europe, Africa, Asia, America and Oceania. As a founding member of the University Sorbonne Paris Cité which is the First center of research and higher education in France, Inalco plays a major role promoting worldwide the interaction and sharing of knowledge and mutual understanding between all the world’s societies and cultures. Besides a solid education in languages and civilizations, the CFI Department provides vocational training for future international professionals in communication and media relations, giving them the skills to understand and engage meaningfully with each other, culturally and socially as well as professionally.|