I honestly did not mean to pick on Block too much during me and Lauren’s presentation of contracting on Monday night, but that’s what it looked like! I have very strong opinion about technology use in education, and I include consulting with this, since we are in the adult education program. I don’t mind meeting in person, and I understand there are lots of projects that require it. However, there is so much we can do with all the technology that is available to us! I don’t think my usage even scrapes the surface of what I can really do with technology, given the tools and education (as I have learned, education to stay up to date with technology never ends).
Our group is kicking into high gear in regards to the consulting project. We have already met with Allen Bergendahl, the man behind Viking Recording and Live at Ipanema and have been creating our memo via a shared Google Drive document. I find that this works quite well for group work, though sometimes folks don’t feel comfortable typing on the document right away; it takes some warming to get used to the process, and nothing is permanent! It was also helpful when we created a list of questions for our initial meeting–Drive is a great brainstorming tool. The other thing I love is that it is also an app and can be accessed on my phone and iPad! I sound like an add for Google, and I swear I received no compensation for this little tirade.
So far, the biggest challenge of this project is LIFE. I’m taking two classes while working full time, Joanne has a stressful job and dog sits, and Susan lives 1.5 hours away and works late. Figuring out how to fit this project into our schedules has been difficult, but with technology (regular Google Hangouts, Susan participating in the initial meeting with Allen via a Hangout, editing documents together and the wonderful portable email) we have managed to excel.
We are working on a variety of ideas: marketing, business plan, transitioning Viking to a full time job. I had initially intended us to build Allen a website, which he does need, but not as much as he needs an outside analysis of his business. He actually wants that! I get nervous when people “tell me like it is” but Allen is ready for it!
This project is particularly meaningful to me because we are helping Allen, my friend’s husband, who works closely with many of my other friends who are in bands. I truly want our work to matter to Allen, his business, and his family. I am secretly excited about going to Live at Ipanema this Sunday for “research” (I do plan to take notes and ask for interviews from a few of Allen’s clients) because it means I will get to see my friends that I haven’t seen since the summer break between classes!