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my ongoing meditation on systems, human cognition, and how to best collaborate with teams to delight and empower both.

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On 24, Mar 2011 | In | By ninavizz

Special Olympics of Northern California

Project Tasks: Stakeholder interviews, client-site workshops, functional audits of existing vendors & capabilities, user interviews, users roles definition, ux strategy.

The client’s expressed goal was to automate numerous patron & administrative tasks through the website, enabling the org to build new communities online, and enabling marketing efforts to better exploit social-web opportunities.

Reducing the organization’s existing HR overhead, and facilitating more volunteers to do more, raise more funds, engage others more easily, and all with less time.

Separately: I really fell in love with this organization and it’s athletes, while working on this project. So much joy, kindness, such an embrace of fun & gratitude that was sincere, silly, inspiring, and refreshingly free of crystals & Birkenstocks. It was frankly impossible to ever leave the office w/o a huge smile. Even when exhausted after a day of workshops.

I had very little involvement with the final design/build segment of the project (how Adobe’s Consulting SOWs were structured), but my Adobe teammate Ian Ingalls did a phenomenal job… and I encourage everyone who reads this to please visit the site that emerged from this project, and to consider pledging an offer of support to help the smiles, the joy, the empowerment and the exuberance, to all keep coming.