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Help build a Playground in the Cloud

by Fundacion SOLE Colombia
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This is how the Playground in The Cloud look today
This is how the Playground in The Cloud look today

After many months working on the Playground in The Cloud (Parque en La Nube) we have some Big News to share with you!

We are very thankful with you and so many other people, who have joined our cause and helped us build a Playground in the Cloud, where SOLE ambassadors and other people who want to explore SOLE, can connect, learn, talk, share and play! Our platform is ready and there are already people who are part of the Community using it. Here you can check it out: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/home

We want to invite thousands of people around Colombia and other countries to come to this amazing Playground, and we will be sharing it soon with the bigger SOLE community and other people who might be interested.

The Playground in the Cloud is also a place to share with you and many other people the great news and stories happening in different corners of our country. That's why we also want to share with you other Big News! As you already might have heard, we started another project together with the community of Pisamal (a rural community in the coffee growing region in Colombia: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-school-in-the-cloud-for-pisamal-colombia/. Last week we participated in #littlebylittle campaign and different people got to know some amazing stories about the neighbours of Pisamal using SOLE.

The good news is that SAP in Colombia decided to support this beautiful project with a big contribution and now, together with the neighbours in Pisamal, we can start to make the Big Dream of the community - to have a SOLE Lab - a reality. 

A SOLE Lab is a place where the neighbours can meet, use the internet and learn together. They already started using SOLE 4 years ago, and now they need a facility with the proper infrastructure to take bigger steps and continue learning and find new and innovative solutions to their challenges together. 

We are already coordinating with Robsinson, other neighbours of Pisamal and Fundación Promedio - another great organization we work with - to start the construction of the SOLE Lab.

With the generous contributions we have received until now, we have advanced in our way to reach our goal, but we still need some ressources to make of this place a real Self-Organized Learning Environment connected to the world. That's why we are asking you today to support the neighbours of Pisamal. If you already supported us with your donation, we invite you to become a recurrent donor with a monthly donation. Even a small amount counts and the community of Pisamal will have the chance to be connected to the internet and have electricity for a much longer time.

If you still cannot support with your donation, we would be very thankful if you could tell other people about this project.

We invite you to read more about Pisamal's story with SOLE and many other stories of SOLE ambassadors all over Colombia: https://parqueenlanube.padlet.org/solecolombia/compartetusole

Thank you and stay tuned for more Big News from Pisamal and the SOLE Colombia Community.

Robinson Pisamal, Sanjay and Maryam (SOLE Colombia Team)

Robinson y su comunidad hacen SOLE
Robinson y su comunidad hacen SOLE

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Students in La Presentacion School in Pamplona
Students in La Presentacion School in Pamplona

This year we have been learning together with the SOLE Colombia Community how a Playground in the Cloud looks like and works. Now it’s time for more than 2000 local educators and other people interested in SOLE to discover it!

We designed on Padlet (the platform we chose for this project) the first version of this online experience based, not only on our own experience as the SOLE Colombia team, but also on the experience of different SOLE ambassadors who already use SOLE in their own communities and were interested in sharing their stories, reading the stories of other members of the Community, learning more about SOLE, connecting with other ambassadors and having fun!

After showing the first version of the Playgrund in The Cloud to some of the members of the SOLE Colombia Community, friends and other people involved in the project and receiving important feedback, we shared this online experience with a much wider audience of new and old SOLE ambassadors.

Last week we had a wonderful chance to share about SOLE with two different groups of teachers. We went to Pamplona, a colonial town in Norte de Santander, and Floridablanca, Santander, in the North of Colombia. For some of them, SOLE was completely new and a big surprise, while others already started doing SOLE 3 years ago. We showed them the Playground in the Cloud and invited them to dream about all the things they could do on a “common online place” like this. It was beautiful to hear that they would love to meet other people, share experiences, play, have fun, talk to each other… Then we invited them to explore the platform to do exactly that: learn, share, play, connect, talk.

This was the first time that we showed, in person, to a larger group of SOLE ambassadors The Playground in The Cloud, and were happy to receive a positive feedback from them. It is a big step to have a “place” like this, where people from all over the country can “go”. It’s different than the regular social networks, this is a place where everybody, anytime, anywhere can contribute.

Now the challenge is to reach more than 2000 local educators who are in different corners of Colombia and that, due to the armed conflict, have been isolated from the rest of the country and the world.

This is why we have been working during the last months, hand in hand with our volunteers, on our marketing campaign. We are still learning and working on the best way to reach local educators all over our country.

So, it is not finished yet...Over the next weeks, we will be working on:

  • The improvement of the Playground in The Cloud, so everybody can understand and navigate it more easily.
  • The marketing campaign to reach the people all over the country.
  • Accompanying the first users of the Playground in The Cloud more closely to support and learn from their experiences.

We are very happy for this big step and it couldn’t have been possible without the support of all of our donors and other people who believed in our project. We believe that together, with big small steps, we are changing the world. We are very close to our USD 10,000 goal and invite you to share this project with your friends and family.

A big thank you and stay tuned!

The SOLE Colombia team

SOLE ambassadors in Floridablanca
SOLE ambassadors in Floridablanca
Playground in The Cloud - HOME
Playground in The Cloud - HOME
To share - Playground in The Cloud
To share - Playground in The Cloud
Teachers in Pamplona learning about SOLE
Teachers in Pamplona learning about SOLE

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Recarga tu SOLE with the SOLE Colombia Community
Recarga tu SOLE with the SOLE Colombia Community

Could you imagine a Playground in The Cloud?

With this question we started our last “Recarga tu SOLE” (Recharge your SOLE), which is the name for our regular online meetings with the SOLE Colombia Community.

SOLE ambassadors and participants of all ages and from different regions in Colombia, connected to share their experiences and learnings during the last months. During this last meeting, we used this space to listen to their ideas for the “Playground in The Cloud”.

It was a beautiful experience to imagine how it would be to “ride a bike”, “go for a walk”, “get inspired”, “play and connect with other people”, “talk to others”, “watch other people - big and small - play, sing, tell stories”, “observe the nature, the city”, “create something new”, “relax” or “have a picnic” in the Cloud. When you go to the playground or the park, you want to do different kind of activities; how would it look like if we could have an online space to do similar activities?

Listening to the people who have their SOLEs in their local communities is eye opening for us and we definitely want to continue involving them in the design of the different experiences and projects we are working on.  

The idea of changing our initial project of an “online course” to an “online experience” called the Playground in The Cloud, didn’t arise automatically.

Since we started to open different ways for the SOLE ambassadors from different contexts and different regions in Colombia to connect with each other, we have learned and discovered much more than we expected.

During the conversation process with the SOLE Community and other people, we realized how powerful it could be, not only to have a platform to learn how to become a SOLE ambassador, but to connect and share with each other. We have seen that people who are part of the SOLE Colombia Community love to connect with other ambassadors and participants to share their success stories, but also their challenges and big and small questions.

This is why we have been working during the lasts months on this “online experience”, where people can meet and learn from each other. This experience isn’t only thought for new members who want to start doing SOLE, but for all the community, including those experienced SOLE ambassadors and the young teacher or librarian who wants to start navigating the world of the Self-Organized Learning Environments in her or his local community.

All this has been an important input for the design process of the Playground in The Cloud. Here you can see what we have done during the last months to give life to this “online experience”:

  1. Design the first prototype for the Playground in the Cloud, defining the 5 sections: LEARN, SHARE, TALK, CONNECT, PLAY.
  2. Share this first prototype with different persons - within the SOLE Community and external people - and receive important feedback.
  3. Research and find the most suitable platform for this “online experience”. We were looking for a platform where we could open different sections and still have the freedom for the participants to move, connect, share and learn at their own pace. For our first version of the Playground in The Cloud, we chose the platform Padlet, with a layout very close to what we designed in our first prototype.  
  4. Create our first version of the Playground in The Cloud on Padlet. We are still working on the platform, but have already received important feedback to continue with the development of the site.

Like we already mentioned above, we realized during our design and conversation process, that the “online experience” shouldn’t be only for 130+ local educators, but for a much wider online community. Many SOLE ambassadors who are already part of our Community, have much to share with - and learn from -  new people (librarians, teachers, community leaders, ex-combatants and many other), who want to start doing SOLE in their local communities.

Even if our initial idea has changed during the last months, we still want to reach the regions that have been isolated from the rest of the country and the world due to the armed conflict, and we are convinced that the Playground in The Cloud is a great way to do it.

Thanks to your generous donations we are able to continue with the construction of this “online experience”, and many local educators all over Colombia would be able to learn, share and connect through the Playground in The Cloud.

This are the next steps we want to continue with:

  1. Finish the first version of the Playground in The Cloud
  2. Make a usability test with different types of SOLE ambassadors, SOLE participants and grannies from the Granny Cloud.
  3. Work together with our design team to get a better version of the Playground in The Cloud.
  4. Do the first videos to share on the Playground in The Cloud.
  5. Work on a marketing strategy to launch the Playground in The Cloud to reach the different people we want to reach.


Thank you for your support and stay tuned!

Sketch of the first prototype
Sketch of the first prototype
Playground in The Cloud on Padlet - HOME
Playground in The Cloud on Padlet - HOME
Playground in The Cloud on Padlet - Section LEARN
Playground in The Cloud on Padlet - Section LEARN
Playground in The Cloud - Section SHARE
Playground in The Cloud - Section SHARE
Jorge, Maria and Dolly share their stories
Jorge, Maria and Dolly share their stories

María, Jorge and Dolly are three of our SOLE Ambassadors. They have been doing SOLE for a few years and have experienced the Self-Organized Learning Environments in very different contexts.

María is a social and political science teacher at the Elias Fernandez Baena School in Cartagena and started doing SOLE in 2015 with her students. She and some of her colleagues have seen the positive change, not only have they improved their academic results, but they have specially developed different skills that are so important for peace building in our society.

Jorge is a librarian at the Rural Public Library of Naranjal-Chinchiná. He became SOLE Ambassador in 2013 and has experienced how the children of this rural community are now more curious about the unknown, and have understood that the internet is a technological tool not only for social networks, but also to explore other worlds and cultures. People in the community have discovered, at the library and through SOLE, the opportunity to use the internet in a more productive and fun way, and have developed better interpersonal relationships with their neighbors and friends.

Dolly works at the Tiempo de Juego Foundation (Time to Play) in Cazuca, a community, that has become part of Bogotá and where thousands of people have settled after being displaced from other regions in the country due to the armed conflict in Colombia. She has been doing SOLE for two years with children from 6 - 13 years. At the beginning it wasn’t easy for her to let go and let the children manage their own learning process, but now she’s happy and surprised to see that children are capable of learning by their own, in groups and using the internet. The children now come with their own Big Questions to the SOLE and they have developed different skills needed in this community.

Learn more about this amazing stories here:

Can Self-Organized Learning Change the World?: https://www.thinkdif.co/sessions/can-self-organized-learning-change-the-world

This are three amazing stories of the thousands that happen everywhere where there is a SOLE in action. And we love to learn from our SOLE Ambassadors and their communities. No one can understand better how to use SOLE than the people who experience it.

During the last months, we have had the chance to keep on listening and learning from our SOLE Colombia Community using different kind of platforms and formats.

We have done some videoconferences called “Recarga tu SOLE” (recharge your SOLE) where SOLE Ambassadors from different regions can connect, share and learn from each other. We also participated in the DIF - Disruptive Innovation Festival, where María, Jorge and Dolly had the chance to share with the world their own story (see the link above).

This different kind of connections between members of the SOLE Colombia Community who live in different regions, and also complete different contexts, has helped us understand how our online course (better say “online experience”) has to be designed.

For our online project, we have already a basic design that’s called “Parque en La Nube”(Playground in the Cloud). We don’t want it to be a regular online course, but a wider experience and for the long term use. Following are the sections we are designing with our team:

  • LEARN: Start doing SOLE in X easy steps
  • SHARE: Share your story and learn from other stories
  • TALK: Talk to other people who do SOLE
  • CONNECT: Connect with other members of the SOLE Colombia Community
  • PLAY: Now it’s time to play...

We are designing the different sections having the diversity of our Community in mind and also considering the context of the 130+ rural educators we want to reach through this project. We are convinced that new and more experienced SOLE Ambassadors can learn a lot and support each other using this new tool.

We are testing which could be the best platform for this SOLE online experience and for the next months, we will design the rest of the Playground in the Cloud and start to test it. As soon as we have our prototype, we will ask some of our active members, and also new people interested in starting SOLE, to give us the feedback needed to launch it.

Thanks to all the generous donations, we have designed and coordinated the different videoconferences we have done with our SOLE Ambassadors and we started designing our online experience. With your support, we will have the chance to use a platform for our project and develop the online materials we need for this experience. 

Thank you for your support and stay tuned! We will be sharing more exciting news on our website and social media.

The SOLE Colombia team

Maria with her students
Maria with her students

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Elainer and the Wayuu Community
Elainer and the Wayuu Community

“As a member of the Wayuu community in La Guajira, Colombia, SOLE ambassador and manager of one of the Vive Digital Kiosk in Boca de Camarones (a small village that’s part of our indigenous community), I have seen the impact that the only space with Internet access in the area has had on the community since 2014.

La Guajira, land of the Wayuu, has a great cultural richness that is little known in the rest of the world and that contrasts, in several zones of the region, with the lack of access to basic services, lack of quality education, unemployment and others.

Thanks to the Internet and SOLE, we have managed to learn from other realities and tell the stories of our community to the world.

Also, young people in the community have developed new research and communication skills, and most important, this has generated a new sense of belonging to the Wayuu culture. Previously they didn´t see more options than leaving the territory to look for new opportunities, now they can generate new projects without having to abandon the community.

In this sense, the internet kiosk has become a Self-Organized Learning Environment, SOLE, for the community, allowing us to learn, connect and share our culture with the world. What previously could only be done by walking and driving several kilometers, is now just a few clicks away”.

This is the story Elainer and his community, and like him, there are many others living in remote areas in Colombia, who are willing to learn, explore new ways for solving their own challenges, connect to the rest of the world and share their different stories.

We not only believe that SOLE is a great way for different rural communities to learn and develop the different skills they need to solve their own real life challenges, but we’re also convinced that we have now a great chance to build connections with each other using SOLE and the Internet, sharing our stories and parts of our different realities, not only in remote areas, but also in urban communities.

This is why we appreciate the diversity of our SOLE Colombia Community: rural educators, teachers in different types of schools, Internet kiosk administrators, librarians, community leaders, students, young and old. And this is why we are developing our online course together with our community.

In the last months, we have been working together with our SOLE ambassadors, who started doing SOLE with their local communities 3 years ago, to find out together, what would be the best way reach more than 130 local educators through an online course.

We had a conversation through video conference with some of our SOLE ambassadors, listened for their ideas for the online course and asked them in which way would they like to get involved in this process.

In July, we visited a new rural community in the Cauca region and had the chance to do a SOLE with local educators. In August we visited different SOLE ambassadors from different regions in Colombia, and had the chance to be present at different SOLE sessions in very diverse contexts.

All the conversations and visits gave us the necessary input to start developing our course.

The two main conclusions are the following:

  1. The online course by itself and the whole action of planning and evaluating, have to be part of collaborative process between different persons: SOLE ambassadors, SOLE Colombia team, other people who belong to the SOLE movement worldwide and other people who are passionate about this and would like to contribute.
  2. We don’t want to have fixed content for the course. As every community is different, we want to explore, experience, share and learn together. We don’t want to create a regular online course, we believe that the more than 130 rural educators, the SOLE Colombia Community, we as a team, and everyone involved, have something to share and something to learn from each other. We want to create different online experiences.

During the next few months, we will be working together with our Community to design the strategy with all the input and great ideas we found during the last months.

Thanks to the generous donations from all donors, we have been able to organize the different conversations with our Community and will be able to design on online experience to reach, share and learn together with rural educators in Colombia. Thanks to each one of you, different people living in rural and remote areas, like Elainer in Boca de Camarones, will have the chance to be part of this learning movement.

SOLE with ex-combatants in the Meta region
SOLE with ex-combatants in the Meta region

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Fundacion SOLE Colombia

Location: Bogota, Bogota D.C. - Colombia
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Sanjay Fernandes
Bogota, Bogota D.C. Colombia
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