We often feel ownership of our ideas - less than a belief of superiority, but a pleasure in being able to say 'I came up with that', even if the final product bears, in effect, little resemblance to the original sketch.
So with 5 excellent ideas and the necessity to select 3 out of them to be presented, how to avoid frictions?
Time-constrained as we were - we were selecting the projects as the 'elevator pitches' session was beginning - we nevertheless favoured complete transparency over practicality, and chose to conduct a full vote.
The result was the selection of our top 3 ideas:
a/ MENA-ACT, an online resource for Arab activists that acts both as a repository of knowledge, training and tools for activists, as well as a platform for activists to connect, interact, and network;
b/ Collaborative News, a contributor-generated news website that would give an outlet to local events that are 0ften not covered, for political decisions, in the mainstream media;
c/ Online resource for graphic designers, which would provide a platform for knowledge dissemination, both for professionals and amateurs, on graphic design; as well as allow designers to take advantage of each other's skills and opinions.
The elevator pitches were, in our opinion, quite successful - the response from the audience was quite encouraging.
Will it be harder to select a single project?