What Happens at a Loopkin Workshop and How You Can Benefit

What is Loopkin?

Think of Loopkin’s platform as an Airbnb for kids’ activities. You can find a kids event specialist or become one yourself and use their platform to find clients. Watch their introduction video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D92_2KikVXw

Introduction to Design Thinking

At the workshop, Loopkin explains an approach to operating and managing events called Design Thinking. This method can be applied not only to interactions and events with children but has been applied to operations within large corporations (think Google, Apple, etc). This method is used to foster collaboration between individuals and complete projects focusing on the design process and not necessarily the end result. When applied to kids events, this method is used to encourage interaction with each other and creative thinking, rather than taking direction from an authority figure like a teacher or parent.

Ice Breaking Activity: Post-It Note Drawings

In order to meet and introduce ourselves to other workshop participants, we did a short activity with Post-It notes. We first drew pictures of three things that we were good at doing. I chose to draw skiing, playing guitar, and cooking. We were then instructed to get out of our chairs and meet someone who was not at our table, after speaking with someone about your pictures and learning about theirs they were to sign their name. In the time given I was able to speak with two people. After taking our seats again, some folks were chosen at random to talk about who they met. Note that we weren’t instructed to take notes about the other people we spoke with; I suppose it was a test to see if we really were listening and learning about another person and not just concerned with our own drawings.

Design Thinking Activity: Wallet

The main design activity we did was to design the ideal wallet for a partner at our table. At first we could not speak with them and simply had to  sketch an idea from our general impression of them. Next we did a short interview of our partner to learn more about them, we were able to further explore what we found out about them in another interview session. Next we captured their needs regarding their ideal wallet and also insights about our partner to add to the design. Finally we created a problem statement to be solved by the ideal wallet.

Unfortunately we were unable to completely finish the ideal wallet design activity but it did give us a preview into the whole design thinking process and how it could be applied. It was interesting how much we learned about our partner in such a short period of time.

You can view a short clip of the workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUkEQERfD58

If you are interested in how an event with children would be operated, there is a short video of a kids Play workshop here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ00F1bjw9Q

How is Loopkin beneficial to you?

After receiving the training that Loopkin provides, you are able to use their platform to host events and earn income. You can apply the Design Thinking framework to whatever your talents may be. For example, maybe you enjoy writing and storytelling. You could host an event for children that focuses on their creative thinking while teaching them about telling a story or the writing process. The benefit to parents and other caretakers of children is that the kids are able to socialize with one another while thinking outside the box. It also lets their parents or caretakers have a few hours without their children in order to run errands or take care of other business.

If you are already a working professional and would like to learn a new approach to completing projects or working in teams, these workshops are helpful! In just a few hours I really learned a lot about the other people that attended the workshop and, especially about my partner for the wallet design activity. It can help get your team to work together and value each other’s inputs.

Visit their website for more information: https://iloopkin.com/

 
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New G.O.A.’L Logo Design [CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS]

New G.O.A.’L Logo Design [CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS]

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Dear Members,

G.O.A'.L and the community are moving forward and the logo should reflect this!

We invite our members worldwide to submit a new logo design for G.O.A.’L.

The final logo design will be announced when chosen and implementation of the new logo and branding of it will happen shortly after.

There is no limit to as how many designs a member can submit. However, only one will be chosen and used.

The G.O.A’.L staff will evaluate and chose a submitted design based on the following criteria:

  • The logo should captivate both the English and Korean names as written below

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  • The new logo reflects that Korean overseas adoptees are an international, collective, diverse community

  • It should be distinguishable from similar NGOs and agencies

  • The logo must not be based or funded by religious or political beliefs

  • No tagline or slogan should be included

  • Following should not be included: children, parents and children, hearts, Korean traditional symbolism (mugunghwa flowers, etc), religious symbols, flags and the like

  • Gender neutral colours, no colours that can be offensive in a cultural (Korean) context

  • Format must be a vector graphic, scalable to large banners, t-shirts, mugs, and small business cards, etc.

Designs not fulfilling these criteria will not be taken into consideration.

Please note that you will be donating your logo and releasing your IP rights to G.O.A'.L - please refer to and fill out the attached form and return it when you submit your logo design to sg@goal.or.kr no later than May 5th, 6pm Korean standard time.

For presentation and credits of the final logo designer, please fill out this form.

Chers adhérents,

G.O.A.’L et la communauté vont de l’avant et notre logo devrait le refléter!

Nous invitons nos membres dans le monde entier à soumettre un nouveau design pour le logo de G.O.A’L. Le design final du logo sera annoncé après décision et la mise en place du logo ainsi son marquage sera entrepris peu de temps après.

Il n’y a pas de limite quant au nombre de design un membre peut soumettre. Cependant, seulement un logo sera choisi et utilisé par la suite.

Le personnel de G.O.A’L va évaluer et choisir le logo selon les critères suivant:

  • Le logo doit capturer les deux noms coréen et anglais comme écrit ci-dessous;

Global Overseas Adoptees' Link

(사)해외입양인연대  

  • Le nouveau logo doit refléter que les adoptés coréens à l’étranger sont une communauté internationale, collective et diversifiée

  • Le logo doit être reconnaissable des autres ONG et agences similaires

  • Le logo ne doit pas être basé ou fondé sur des croyances religieuses ou politiques

  • Aucune signature ou slogan ne doit être inclus

  • Les éléments suivant ne doivent pas être inclus: enfants, enfants avec parents, coeurs, symboles traditionnels coréens (fleur mugunghwa, etc), symboles religieux, drapeaux ou autres

  • Des couleurs neutres sans distinction de genre ou des couleurs offensives pour un contexte culturel (coréen)

  • Le format doit être un graphique vectoriel, évolutif pour les larges bannières, t-shirts, tasses, et petites cartes de visite, etc.

Les designs ne tenant pas en compte ces critères ne seront pas pris en considération.

Veuillez noter que vous ferez don de votre logo et cèderez vos droits de PI à G.O.A’L - veuillez vous référer et remplir le formulaire joint (form), et l’envoyer lorsque vous soumettrez votre design à sg@goal.or.kr pas plus tard que le 5 Mai, à 18h heure coréenne.

Pour présentation et crédit du designer du logo final, veuillez remplir ce formulaire (this form).

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Christmas Party 2016

Christmas Party 2016

On Saturday, December 10, 2016 the 18th Annual G.O.A.’L Christmas Party took place at Jack B Nimble (잭비님블) in the Hongdae/Hapjeong area. The party included a buffet dinner, gift exchange, raffle, limbo, and an auction for our top prize! We had over 80 people gather together to celebrate the holiday season, connect to the community, and enjoy time with friends new and old!

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Gift Exchange

The annual gift exchange is where participants are able to pick a gift from the pile or steal a gift that was previously opened. Thank you to all that participated and contributed gifts this year!
 

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Dinner

The dinner buffet included a wide variety of dishes that included selections of Korean and western cuisine.
 

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Raffle

A tradition at every Christmas party is our fundraising raffle and auction. This year our top raffle prize was an iPad Mini 2. Other prizes included gift certificates, a GoPro Camera, books, wine, and more! A big thank you goes out to all of our very generous sponsors and donors.

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Auction

The fundraising auction featured gift certificates, an iPad Mini 4, and a MacBook Air.
 

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THANK YOU to our sponsors/donors

MJ and her friends and family

Coree Voyage/Finding Korea

Juno Hair in Sinchon

Board member Philippe Li

Board member Ki-chul Chang

Mr. Kim Jongwoo

Dr. Hong

Austin

E-Spirit

The Beastro

John Ha (Adoptee)

Vatos Tacos

The Stoop

Manna

Alley Bunker

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Limbo

It wouldn’t be a G.O.A.’L Christmas Party without the limbo contest!
 

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Outgoing Secretary General Recognition

The community provided a thank you card and commemorative plaque for Nikolaj Leschly, the outgoing secretary general. Thank you Nik for 3 years of service to G.O.A.’L!

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Incoming Secretary General Remarks

Also at the Christmas Party, we welcomed our incoming secretary general starting in 2017, AK Salling.
 

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The G.O.A.’L staff thanks you for attending the party and we hope you enjoyed celebrating the holiday season with the community. We look forward to seeing you at future events next year.

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For more information about G.O.A.’L’s events, contact the Community Mentor today!

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