ellohay! West Michigan


Posted in portal, public face, website by forgr on January 11, 2009

We mocked up a version of the front page of the future ellohay.org website, I’ve posted it here, and to the live site as well. Some of the questions we asked ourselves, and aimed to answer as we sketched:


Who is the site for?
What is ellohay! West Michigan?
Why should I care?
How do I get involved with the organization?
Does this person have all the information he needs to take the next step?
What does she need as a potential new client?
Where does she go as a new client?
How does a guardian, a teacher, a mentor use the site?
What will an established client need?
Will a potential donor have all the information he needs to take the next step?
Would I want to come back to the site?

What do you think? Did our first attempt come close? What’s missing?

The next step will be to create an updated version with your feedback, layout an internal page (like an “about” page, or a “program” page) to see how the navigation plays out, and if the page structure makes sense.

Naming, structure, goals, objectives and strategy

Posted in organization, planning, strategy, writing by forgr on May 18, 2008

I’ll be taking a break from posting about meetings and new concepts here for a bit to focus independently on naming, structure, goals, objectives and strategy.

If I get a chance to post here, I will (I greatly value your comments and strong opinions).

On another note, our Fundable drive is at 37%, if you’ve been meaning to contribute, but haven’t had a chance yet, the last day to meet our goal of $240 is exactly 7 days 1 hours 43 min. 40 sec. away. What can just $10 do for this project? Read here.

Thank you, everyone, for your support, and I’ll talk to you soon when I emerge from writing.

Marie-Claire Camp

Digital Inclusion in Grand Rapids, MI Project
(616) 446-3622

Digital Inclusion Workshop structure, draft

Posted in discovery stages, organization, planning by forgr on February 19, 2008

Almost two weeks ago, I sketched out four circles on a piece of paper in front of Victor to explain the necessary components to this crazy workshop project.Once I drew it, he got it. I guess I draw better than I speak… good thing I work in the field that I do, huh?

I had a chance to make the diagram last night in a little more formalized way and thought I’d share it with you all.

For more context, and for those of you just tuning in, this is a diagram to explain the four major components that are integral to this project/workshop.

1. Hardware

2. Tools

3. Support

4. Education

I don’t have everything in here, but it’s a start… Most of the items in the Tools section are already available, it’s the three others than need more development, discussion.

Digital Inclusion Workshop structure

So, what am I missing? And what doesn’t make sense? And more importantly.. what do you think?