Needs vs. resources

Some people (NGOs and so) come here asking what we’ve got… “what can you give us for free?”

Sorry, wrong question: “what do you need?”

I think there are two different approaches when setting up a project (a virtual learning project or one of another kind, doesn’t mind)

  • I set up my goals, see my resources and
    – try and find more resources
    – try and redefine my project to fit the available resources
  • I see the resources available and define a project according to them

In my point of view, the last one is not a good approach. Ok, it is a realistic one, but planning is not about being realistic but about goals and needs. There’ll be all the time in the world to prune the initial design, during the implementation phase. But there’ll be no time to dream once in reality.


If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2004) “Needs vs. resources” In ICTlogy, #7, April 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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