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Inspired by Sean Winter I wanted to share some thoughts on the analogies of how communities actually work in nature and what we can infer and learn from them.

 

Bacteria:

How complex is the communication among cells when individual bacteria join together for multi cellularity? Complex bacterial communication has been noted in previous posts. Each individual microbe joins together with comrades for many different activities including complex communication and decision-making. Bacteria in the gut plan ahead, activating genes for maltose enzymes before they encounter it. Recently, it was found that microbes produce electrical wires, made of amino acids that conduct electricity, and supply distance relatives with energy. They signal to change behavior in the colony including building complex cities called biofilms and altering attack modes in animals. Slime molds show intelligent behavior, remembering where it has already travelled. Individual microbes remember how they moved in the past so they can go in a straight line. Microbes send signals that alter their host’s behavior. In a very complex back and forth communication with plants they together gradually build a nitrogen factory.

 

Individual Bacteria Join Together for Multi Cellularity

Natural Example

Business
Microbes send signals to alter their hosts behaviorStaff raise important issues within the community which make their way to management and into operational/corporate changes
Bacteria in the gut plan ahead, activating genes for maltose enzymes before they encounter itA well engaged community can raise tougher and tougher issues building forward looking corporate resilience
Slime molds show intelligent behavior, remembering where it has already traveled.Well connected communities create a clearer institutional memory via better access to information and will repeat less of the same mistakes

 

Animals

(must watch)

 

 

Natural Example

Business
Arrival of wolves to Yellowstone brought with them an amazing equilibrium. The wolves changed even the behavior of the rivers.Finding out who the "wolves" are of your communities will put your company on a path to social equilibrium

The wolf pack mentality and Nash's equilibrium

\forall i,x_{i}\in S_{i}:f_{i}(x_{i}^{*},x_{-i}^{*})\geq f_{i}(x_{i},x_{-i}^{*}).

The community members act on what is best for them and the community, as the wolf does, serving your companies morale and bottom line

 

 

This is just a quick taste. I have many other examples in this vein. Ideas I would like to address at a later point are:

 

The piranha effect: How communities can obliterate assignments in hrs instead of days

Bees: Who are the cross pollinators of your community

Trees: Large canopy forest trees are connected via fungus in the root systems to provide nitrogen to the saplings who are starved of light (mentoring)

Parrots: Re-posting and echoing concepts

 

 

Happy to discuss more. What are some correlations that you see? Nature figured out communities way before we brought them online. Are we learning from it enough?

Here is a tip we have used a lot in our community, for people who want to work on their Pages in private.

 

You can work on creating your new Pages and Tiles while your Overview page is live. Follow these steps.

 

 

Convert the group to Activity + Pages

Click on the gear icon and Manage > Settings.

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In Advanced Options, select Activity + Pages. Click Save at the bottom left of the page.

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Create a new page

Click on the gear icon Manage > Create a page and call it e.g Main Page (you can edit this later) and OK.

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You have to add one Tile before you are able to save the new page. Click on Collaboration > Document Viewer just as a placeholder tile that you can change later. Save the page.

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Save the URL of the new page

Now, this is the important part. Once you have saved the new page, click at the top on the URL of your new page and copy it. Copy it to a new tab, bookmark it or send it to yourself by email. Keep it somewhere so you can find it. This is what you will use to come back to later, to work on your page while your Overview page is live.

 

 

Convert the group back to Overview

Click on Manage > Settings > Advanced Options and select Activity + Overview (or Overview depending on what you had before), and OK. Save. Now your group will be back to normal, with the Overview page live.

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Note: after saving Activity + Overview you might be taken to your Activity page but don't worry, the Overview on the left is still the 'landing page'.

 

 

Build your new page at your leisure

Retrieve the URL of your new page (the one you copied or bookmarked), and you can now edit the page by clicking on the gear icon in the top right hand corner of a tile to put the page into edit mode. Don't worry about any impact to your members. They will still see the Overview page. Also, now you can open a second browser and refer back to your Overview page and widgets side by side while you work on building your page with corresponding Tiles.

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Need to capture HR enrollment information or event registrations?  Do you wish you could have your Contact Centre log their calls right inside the Intranet?  These are common challenges we hear from HR, Community Managers, and Internal Communicators who don’t have time to waste on these necessary administrative tasks.

TemboSocial’s Surveys, Forms & Polls is an integrated, enterprise-ready solution that allows for quick form creation.  Forms can be published directly to your Intranet or shared via a direct link. All data is collected in one report that can be filtered and exported directly to Excel.

 

TemboSocial Surveys, Forms, and Polls

The Specifics

Whether you want a stand-alone form or would like to include a form question with your poll or survey, TemboSocial let’s you get this done in minutes without any IT involvement. See how in the gif below.

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Once you’ve customized your form, it can be published right to a Jive Tile, an HTML widget or sent via email using a direct link.

 

If you would like to learn more about the Form Builder for Jive, feel free to contact Brennan Kirby by email brennan@tembosocial.com or by phone at 416-588-7324 x160

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My colleague, Maren Beckman, and I are working on creating a narrative for our nearly 6-year-old Jive community. We have taken a step back and want to create an elevator pitch for what our community is and does and how to use it, before expanding into the narrative.

 

Our community has evolved so much since it was launched in 2010, it started off by bringing together our 127 intranets globally, being a source of information for our colleagues. Six years on, with the introduction of Google at Pearson, we find that our collaboration is taking place in Google Drive. We now see our community as a platform for executives to communicate, our people to talk to one another and have direct communication to their executives through comments and to find information about subject specific topics as well as a few other things.

 

During this exercise we realised that the focus we had been placing on the community as a collaboration tool might not be the best description for it now.

 

How do you describe what you do or how do your communities work? We would appreciate you sharing this information with us.

 

Thank you!

 

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