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This is my first JiveWorld ever, so forgive me if I come off a bit exuberant. It’s not just the coffee—there’s a definite “collaboration buzz” here. Yeah yeah yeah, everyone talks about it, and I thought it was just a thing people say, but it's real. Everyone here has a Jive story to share, so people talk more easily. I could feel that connection thrumming through the audience this morning in the auditorium before main stage.

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The morning event kicked off with upbeats of DJ D Sharp and killer acrobatics from The Living Art of Armando. This team of eight plain-clothed aerialists spun in sync high above the stage, while the audience bumped to a groovy mashup of The Beatles’ Come Together and U2’s One Life. (I loved how they came up from the audience; the first “volunteer” even feigned reluctance.)

The metaphor was inescapable; it was the perfect analogy for the “power of connection.”


Jive’s sharply-dressed Todd Moran MCed the morning, greeting the enthusiastic audience with his own story of transformation, from Jive customer to Jiver. And this journey? It isn’t so unusual—that’s how Elisa Steele found her way to Jive, too. (Key takeaway: You will all assimilate!)




Elisa shared that this is a record-breaking JiveWorld, with 1,600 attendees and some fantastic numbers—including the fact that 30 million people are Jive users.


What does all this mean? More people are connecting through Jive than ever before. And that the future of work? It’s right now. We need to be aware of how people are getting their work done—and not just in terms of technology, but in terms of people, teams, and the human experience.


“Because collaboration isn’t an afterthought... It’s where it all starts.”

– Elisa Steele


And it’s with this people-centered point of view that Elisa introduced the Jive WorkHub. It’s the engine connecting people, things and services... all with You in the center.


Because no matter your role at a company, and no matter who you have to connect with, the common denominator is you and how you work. It’s about borderless collaboration.



After a warm thank you to our sponsors (and giant on-stage, audience-inclusive selfie), we got the chance to hear from Robert Block and Jive customers Gil Yehuda (Yahoo), Scott K Wilder (Marketo) and Masoud Rabie (Reingold).


Though each have very different backgrounds and use cases, they all started with very similar pain points: too many places, too many missed connections, too many missed opportunities. Each found their own solution in Jive—particularly due to its flexibility.


Gil nailed it when he said that a lot of companies have “corporate cholesterol” in their bloodstream—and then he rung the bell again through another analogy, comparing unengaged workers to zombies.



Masoud explained how Jive-n answered the question of how to bring collaboration to the front lines of patient care, while Scott shared that Jive-x connects 60,000 customers to the resources they need; due to its success, Reingold plans to implement Jive-n for their people.



Breaking the fourth wall for a minute here. As a writer for Jive, I’m always trying for the most kick-*** headlines to talk about what we do. The one I love to toss around most? “Jive is Curing Cancer.” (The legal team may kill me for even writing this here.) It’s so huge, it’s so grandiose—it’s ridiculous. Damn it, we’re software, not doctors.


So when Melanie Wong from MD Anderson Cancer Center then delivered her keynote on how “Jive is helping us cure cancer,” I almost elbowed the analyst next to me, hissing, “That’s the line I’ve been looking for!” I didn’t, of course, but I wanted to.


But what Melanie explained is that they now have the potential to connect on a research level that could change the way we look at cancer forever. Doctors can pose patient-specific questions directly to researchers; these can then be shared with the larger community. In short, a question only needs to be asked once—and everyone benefits from it.



What’s a keynote without product announcements? Ofer Ben-David, Dilshad Simons, Darshita Maniar and John Schneider shared some very practical enhancements (as well as some sexy facelifts on familiar pages).

Simplified content publishing for beautiful blogs, auto-subscribed news page, and personalized email digests will make connecting and staying in the loop even easier. And the mobile intranet enhancements? Stellar. I’ll be able to open Jive Daily and move seamlessly from news to my inbox, to my content, without ever leaving the app.


Analytics took the spotlight, too. With the latest release, you can:

  • Identify silos and how they are interacting by department, location, and more
  • Compare three people, side by side, to see their reach, impact, sentiment, etc.
  • Learn more about yourself—who you talk to most…and who you should talk to more


And the latest release of our customer engagement solution brings some awesome features, like a new event center—including a new performance dashboard—as well as new social listening integration with Sysomos. Finally, we got the scoop on how Jive is connecting clinicians, with secure, HIPAA-compliant team messaging and private support center for peer insights.


Want to learn more? Check out the press release, Jive Unveils Its Vision for the Future of Collaboration. For more product info, read the press release!


So much great content—and it’s only Day 1!


P.S. Oh, right—one more thing. Don’t you want to win that JiveWorld hoverboard?! Learn more!


Good luck!

Adib Abrahim and Alexander Derno work in entirely different industries, but found themselves in cultural change that lead to a similar result - an internal Community!


Adib shared that prior to 2013 American Airlines was undergoing a brand modernization process that meant major change.  Leadership was ready for change, yet they recognized that employee needs (to be heard and a part of change) were vital to healthy change.  At this point, they chose to develop their internal community.

Why Jive?  Per Adib, Jive enabled:

  • real-time communication
  • transparency
  • engagement


In 2013 they launched their Jive community and continuously adapt it according to community need.  Adib has a fun top 10 list of what he's 'learned throughout the process'

  1. Jive is fun
  2. You've heard it before, but it's true, you need buy-in
  3. Get leadership to hold each other accountable
  4. Tie it into your culture initiative
  5. Demonstrate small changes based on the metrics
  6. Don't be afraid to try something new
  7. You will never be ready for social so just jump in
  8. Not everyone wants to be social and that's ok
  9. Don't try and do it all at once
  10. Your'e never ever ever done


Alexander's story of organic community developed by a grass roots group of employees with no distinct goal, only a passion and ideas to implement change, was inspiring.  The storyline of evolution from social media (wikis, blogs, etc.) in 2006, to the creation of a Jive community in 2012, was fascinating.

I had a schedule conflict and had leave Alexander's section a little early.  Sorry, Alexander. 

There was no exaggeration fromJennifer Kelley when she introduced this session by declaring that spam attacks have significantly shifted in frequency and technique over the past 15-18 months.  Spammers have become human-centric and more adaptive.  Spammers are creating accounts and emails that appear legitimate and are difficult to detect; until the damage is already under way and crippling your community.


Sam Creek shared his first hand experience with the early 2015 'Korean' spam events.  They experienced a period of time where spam attacks filled message boards, the community communication tools became spam repeaters, and community analytics were destroyed.  Every reactive measure lead to greater adaptation of the spammer.  On February 14, 2015 the creation of 100 spam accounts and over 10,000 spam posts forced the community to be taken temporarily offline.


Sam and Jive took initial measures to mitigate the attack.  Jive blocked non-sanctioned party IP blocks, banned 2 S. Korean Telecom IPs from posting, and

invited CA Technology to become part of the Mollom Spam Prevention Service Beta.  The CA Technology Community team:

  • turned off private messaging
  • added nofollow rules to external URLs
  • Allow permanent bans
  • added keyword interceptors
  • added a spam link interceptor that requires moderation for users under point threshold
  • moved spam to private space to be analyzed before deletion
  • and worked with their IT team for complex blocks


Sam shared that ultimately, none of those efforts were effective.  Their number one issue was that the community had an open door.  In order to secure the 'front door' they set up a black list (which allowed no access), a grey list (requiring moderation), and eventually a white list process.  The white list process cut the added work load of moderation from 2.5 hours a day to .5 hours a day.


(White List Process)



In the Winter of 2015 Jive released Cloud Spam Prevention.  In Sam's experience, the white list process + Cloud Spam Prevention lead to great success and less stress.


In Summation, a proactive approach is the best strategy.  Jennifer's proactive suggestions are to implement

  • New user account moderation
  • A points threshold
  • Message governor interceptor
  • Domain blacklisting
  • Link moderation
  • Create 'spam quarantine' private/secret group
  • Define action plan, after-hours moderator coverage
  • Enlist members' help - advise the process to follow r.e. spam/abuse


Recommended groups for further conversation:

[ARCHIVE] Spam Management Ideas

[ARCHIVE] Jive External Communities

Ryan Rutan welcomed attendees with an introduction and invitation to the 2016 Tri-Hackathon, Wednesday at 2:15-3:15pm.  The Tri-Hackathon looks like a fun twist on exploring the world of development.  Attendees will compete in coding for use cases, answering trivia about developer culture, and seeking the high score on Gun.Smoke!  Arcade style tickets will be redeemable for awesome stuff!  Find more information at Win Great Prizes at the JiveWorld16 Tri-Hackathon!


Most of us are aware that Jive is a platform with building blocks (tiles, rest api, apps, analytics, external storage, mobile, cartridges, activity streams).  This platform structure allows and encourages the development of add-ons.  Ryan and Yuval Twig recapped 2016 Jive devloped add-ons: Jive gmail, Google docs integration for Jive-n, Connector for Zendesk, Connector for ServiceNow, and integrations with Zapier, Sysomos, and more.  Jive will continue to develop add-ons, but they would like to encourage and support other interested developers as well.

In 2015, partners and customers developed and released the following integrations:

  • Partner Solutions
    • TemboSocial Polls
    • Recognition (HR focus)
    • SmarterPath (social learning experience)
  • Customer Solutions:
    • ThoughtWorks - built bulk content management
    • More sessions available later today


To ensure that partner and customer developed add-ons are quality, Jive is introducing a new certification process, Jive Certified Solutions.  Jive Certified Solutions will focus on four areas:

     1. Business viability - will the integrated solution be around for a while?

     2. Infrastructure/Security - is the solution quality and in sound standing?

     3. Integration Quality - is the solution doing it right?

     4. Customer Support - will the integration impact the end user experience and how will end users get support?


Ryan and Yuval highlighted many new approaches for supporting developers.  In particular, Yuval introduced the new Jive iPaas infastructure.  iPaaS will have a Free option available for cloud instances.  Non-cloud instances will want to inquire about cost.

  • The iPaas wizard is a great starting point for any Jive project
  • The Jive Simulator allows you to test locally, leveraging the iPaas sandbox, before production


To find more information about how Jive is supporting developers, be sure to follow the Developers | JiveWorld track, and join the newly streamlined Jive Developers group.

Ben Zweig and Carrie Gilbert dominate the world of Jive community design...


This session was a good balance of basic design concepts and fairly technical Jive tips.




Take aways:

  • Visual prominence is primarily created through contrast - text orientation, color, visual space - keep it simple w/o too many levels of hierarchy
  • playing with palettes:
  • analagous color palette choices (three together),
  • Color pickers   ColorPick Eyedropper extension for Chrome
  • Content Evolution is really cool.  Turn it on pronto
  • The background of the site can be set to unlimited width with a lighter colored image centered and tiled at the background to give you a nice clean border when your browser width exceeds the image
  • custom email templates can contain images and more advanced layouts
  • Lighter highlight on glob nav is possible for default pages but not custom pages, consider setting active and normal colors to be the same for consistency
  • The widget framework will not be retired until there is feature parity in tiles around ideas, events, etc
  • Moving tiles around within layouts will get easier soon
  • Traditional web design is about information retrieval whereas community design is about facilitating conversation
  • Structure is a collection of places and groups and the relationships between them
  • Global navigation is not a literal translation of the underlying structure - subway system map analogy
  • graphical tiles, curated vs dynamic tiles and calls to action help engage users
  • smart tiles can refer to profile data (Hello Your Name, location), place permissions (gold level) or authenticated or not (login or welcome back)

Currently enjoying my time at this year's JiveWorld, I've had the pleasure of attending the Jive Healthcare Summit, a special content track dedicated to the healthcare industry.  The day's sessions welcomed top thought leaders from the healthcare world including from organizations such as MD Anderson, Healthsparq, Spectrum Health, Trinity Health among others.  They all had unique stories to tell about how Jive helped them implement communities that not only improved the lives of their employees but also helped benefit their patients.  Now that's powerful!


After lunch, I sat it on Trinity Health's workshop, presented by Amy Castillo, Senior Learning Consultant who walked us through how they implemented a physician resident community across a network of 28 teaching hospitals. All using Jive of course, Amy explained that their community called gmeUniversity is exactly what their staff of physician leaders and residents needed to learn and grow.


Amy broke down the entire process of setting up their community:


Why Build a New Way of Learning?
Explaining that the modern learner is extremely overwhelmed, Amy highlighted a powerful quote that stuck with me - "1% of a typical workweek is all that employees have to focus on training and development." --Bersin by Deloitte.  Put that through a medical resident's filter and I bet that percentage goes down a lot more, which is why Trinity turned to a modern community that's interactive, intuitive and inherently social.  They chose Jive!


Key Features:

Trinity knew that in order for their community to be effective and widely adopted, it needed the following elements:

  • Live learning - virtual training sessions directly available on the community for training events
  • Just-in-time - a library of educational content including articles, videos, lectures, TED Talks and videos
  • Collaboration - shared learning across the system with just-in-time learning support and a best practice exchange
  • Tracking & reporting - a system for tracking learning activities such as discussions, journal clubs & didactic sessions

Benefits of gmeUniversity:
By implementing the above, gmeUniversity has become the place physicians and medical residents turn to for learning and support. gmeUniversity provides:

  • A common one-stop platform for residency programs
  • Virtual collaboration between program directors, faculty and residents
  • Just-in-time learning across all communications devices (especially mobile)
  • Sharing of pertinent learning materials
  • Expert knowledge of hard-to-reach talent such as part time, remote or highly specialized faculty
  • Easy to use, self-service interface to create online courses and materials


Lessons Learned:

With any new endeavor worth its salt, there's always things to take away to make them better for next time.

  • Engagement is the #1 skill to learn for gmeUniversity faculty members
  • Everyone is unique and takes a different path (and timing) to learn
  • Show people the possibilities and they will come
  • Create templates and tools to make implementation faster


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With the first day of JiveWorld behind us, I'm invigorated by all I've learned so far and what is yet to come over the next few days.  If you're at the event, please  stop by at the Social Command Center on Level 1 and say hello. Also don't forget tomorrow's awesome line-up of speakers including our big Keynote at 8:30 a.m. in the Pinyon Ballroom. There's a special surprise in store that you won't want to miss!


Bringing 100% of yourself

Posted by dme Mar 14, 2016

I'll be speaking JiveWorld16 tomorrow - "Getting Executives Engaged". It's a big topic and there are many angles (I'll of course share some of those) - but key in all of this is authenticity - showing up with everything we've got, everything that makes us "us", everything that makes as human.


Life.pngI work at Swiss Re, a company that proudly proclaims and encourages Diversity & Inclusion. The D&I vision statement says it all. It empowers employees to "be who you are" and states that "diversity of thought is at the core of our values". Most bigger companies have long discovered D&I and most have D&I leaders and champions to promote and foster everything that goes with it. But, as important as leadership commitment is, it is nothing but potential until we act on it. It is there to show employees the path and it is there to give the sense of empowerment to actually start walking that path.


Stop working, start living.


This is the message I live and spread at all times across the hierarchies. I refuse to have a work/life balance - I have a life. I refuse to see it as two separate things that complement each other. It is so much easier, so much more effective, to simply be me to the best of my abilities at all times. Whether that's me within the walls of a firm, or whether that's me spending time with loved ones - or me JiveWorld16 it doesn't matter. It's just me, all of me, 100%. Every single one of us is more than just a professional with a particular expertise. We're also partners, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, siblings, students and much more. We all have passions and hobbies. And we all have thoughts, ideas and opinions that are as unique as we are.


Yet oftentimes you'll see nothing but the expert sitting across from you. No company wants less than 100% from their employees, right? But that's exactly what many companies get because, either implicitly or explicitly, their message is this: "Now you're working and when you're done you can start living again." Having diversity without living it is meaningless. What's the point of having ten diverse people sitting in a meeting if no one brings anything fresh, unique, different to the table? What's the point if all think the same, act the same, nod the same? Today, such conformity is the death of a company.


"Fitting in is a short-term strategy to get you nowhere - standing out is a long-term strategy that takes guts and produces results. (Seth Godin)"


Over the past years I've seen countless examples where colleagues went beyond their expertise, where they shared something that made a difference for the individual, for the team, sometimes for the whole company. Companies absolutely do need everything their employees have to offer - and that's the 100%. They need their employees' uniqueness to succeed into the future. If Diversity isn't lived, if Diversity of Thought isn't encouraged and empowered, the company will find itself in the dust of the competition before long. The successful companies of the future encourage and empower. Their leaders live the 100% by example. Their employees bring their 100% every day, they speak their minds, they challenge, 100% human, 100% alive. All it takes it 100% for companies to succeed and for employees to live rich, fulfilling lives. Sounds like a lot. And it is. And it isn't. It's just life. It's that simple. We just have to bring it. Allow me to repeat:


Stop working. Start living.

Social - Community - Collaboration - Productivity - Knowledge Sharing


We all know what these words mean and understand their importance, but integrating ALL of these words into our day to day work within our companies is a different challenge.  Jive's platform is a huge catalyst to helping all of these words not just exist in the workplace, but helping them exist cohesively and easily.  Although Jive is the tool to help get us there, adoption is still a huge piece of the equation and it takes more than just throwing a new tool at everyone.  As Gia Lyons, Director of Product Marketing, said in her opening statement, "The #1 driver of adoption of Jive is executive participation."  This simple concept goes a long way.  To drive adoption, organizations do not just need executive buy in to purchase and roll-out a platform like Jive, but the executives actually taking part and engaging with the platform, from blogging, commenting and communicating with all of their employees in a transparent way.  So we know executive participation truly helps drive adoption and that communities can help transform business, but transform is such a broad word, so it was great to hear from others on why communities actually matter and how their companies communities got started.


Why Communities Matter


Doug MacKay, Practice Leader, Digital with JFive kicked off the discussion of Why Communities Matter with sharing the core ideas that start with a community and the results that follow.



Doug also shared that a community is always on-going and changing in itself.  A statement that really stood out for me was how he explained managing a community: Craft their (end user) experience.  Test it with them.  Change it.  Evolve it.



Tamera Rousseau-Vesta the Enterprise Community Manager at VCE was up next to share about the journey of creating their community and the experience that comes along with it.  Tamera shared that in the beginning they had many channels for communicating and this got confusing for the organization so they had to find a solution.  Below is a shot of Tamera's slide explaining where they started on this community journey:





Laura Lerner with ADP was next on the panel and shared how communities matter over at ADP.  Their Jive-n community powers communication across 166 countries for 55,000 employees, with 1/3 of these employees working remotely.  Laura went into detail explaining life before and after implementing their Jive Community:





After using Jive for over 3 years I still found this session to provide great information.  This session truly shed light on what it takes to begin a community within your organization and how the community roll out never truly ends.   Below are a few bullets to sum up my kew take aways from this session:

  • Know what you want to achieve with your community
  • Create high-level use cases that can be measured
  • Listen to feedback and continuously adjust the community


Thanks again for the great all the speakers on the panel that kicked off Bootcamp - you set a high bar for the rest of the conference!!

Virgin Media and Sei Mani are presenting at JiveWorld in Las Vegas this week. This is a series of videos used internally to promote the value of Jive Software's collaboration platform.  Virgin Media uses Jive as the name, identity and personality of its platform with kind permission from Jive Software.  We've entered all three videos into JiveWorld's video competition and one of them has been selected as a finalist. Which one would you choose?

Jive. The power of search

Jive. Get peer recognition for what you know

Jive. Let's people work effortlessly

Good luck to our team attending in Las Vegas.  Please reach out to them to find out more about Virgin Media's collaboration journey with both Jive-x and Jive-n

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I hope all of you caught my blog a couple of weeks ago (It's Time to Win Big with the JiveWorld16 Game Series). JiveWorld is now just a few days away and I want to make sure everyone is getting pumped for one of these!!




Now I know that some of you might be worried that the hoverboard is not for you and are scared that you might end up like this poor individual...


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So we have a solution; for those of you who are not interested in one of these devices there is an option to opt out and receive an Amazon gift card for the value of the hoverboard instead (pretty sweet, right?)


But for those of you who are both ambitious and adventurous here's a little something we put together to get you even more amped about winning the game.



And as I promised, here's a preview of a few more badges, but still more to come!




Keep your eyes peeled and social media channels ready for more updates.

As computational power shrinks, intelligence will surround us.  We'll have smart office buildings, smart cars, smart you-name-it.  So what do we do with all of that "smartness"?


I've been thinking about this all week.  What will it feel like to live and work in a world where there is no limit to intelligence and connectivity.  I have a few opinions that I'm weaving into my JiveWorld16 talk but I wanted throw one out there.


Imagine a future without screens.  In the geeky engineering world we call it I/O - that's Input and Output.  I/O is how we talk to the machines and how the machines talk to us.  The main I/O that we use today is a screen.  This is a good thing because humans are extraordinarily visual.  We like screens.  But if we are surrounded by intelligence couldn't those screens go away?


Now imagine a future where you didn't have to look at a screen all day.  Imagine if you could act and interact with your computer and all your devices by simply talking to them.  Or even more interesting imagine if you could interact AND program your devices by just living and working around them.  Your apps and productivity tools would know you and understand what you needed to get done.


I'm not saying the machines would do all the work for us but they would be much more integrated into how we work.


I got to thinking about this because I was reflecting on this week's futurecasting.  I realized what I was doing wasn't acting and interacting with my computer.  This week I've been acting and interacting with everyone on this platform. Imagine a workday without screens where you interact with your machines as a proxy and connection to your team and co-workers.


The technology melts away and you are now simply collaborating but in a whole new way.


What do you think a workday without screens might be like?

What would it feel like?

Most important what would you want it to be like?

I've never been to JiveWorld. (Blog first published in 2014)


On top of that, I've never really attended many conferences either. Or traveled much. So it's safe to say that I have no idea what to pack for JiveWorld.


Belinda and I got together one weekend to go through my stuff.


Of course, I argued that the tambourine and the puppy were both very helpful things to have while traveling, but Belinda insists that they are NOT.



Here's Belinda Joseph list of the top ten things to pack for JiveWorld:


  1. Comfortable shoes: Those six-inch heels might look like fun but after about 3 1/2 minutes of walking you will find out they are not. Comfortable, that is.
  2. Comfortable clothes: All that sitting, walking and milling about is exhausting. Wear something comfy!
  3. Party wear! Dancing shoes and a nice party outfit will fit the bill for Thursday night. Think casual club wear since we'll be at Drai's Beach Club.
  4. Medication stash: Plan ahead for over indulgences... Pain relievers, acid/gas reducers, allergy and sinus medications, in addition to vitamins are all definitely on my list of things to bring.
  5. Emergency snacks: Sure, there will be food everywhere. But maybe you get stuck somewhere and miss lunch or get the late night munchies! Be prepared, people. My favorite snacks are protein bars.
  6. Sleep aids: White noise, ear plus, eye mask, melatonin... bring whatever will help you get to sleep. Days are going to be busy, busy, busy, so you'll need your rest!
  7. Your devices and chargers. Duh. As if you'd forget your phone, iPad, laptop or whatever other computer accessories you use. But maybe you'd forget to bring multiple chargers. And the power supply for your laptop. Bring 'em.
  8. Gum or breath mints: You're going to be meeting a lot of new people, so make it a pleasant experience.
  9. Sunglasses. You'll be inside most of the day but this is still the desert, folks. If you steps outside the conference doors at all, you are going to wish you brought your shades.
  10. Load the JiveWorld app: The app will drive your schedule and enrich your experience. Download it before you arrive and have the schedule in the palm of your hand!


What are you bringing to JiveWorld?

I might just have to bring the Stormtrooper helmet in case the closing night party gets out of hand.


Haven't registered yet? It's not too late!

Visit our website: JiveWorld16 - March 14-16, 2016 - Las Vegas

Google’s Eric Schmidt has famously said that every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. As computing gets more powerful, it will seem like this data has a life of its own. And it will. You’ll have machines talking to machines, computers talking to computers, all processing this data. But what will it feel like to work in this coming age of big data?


Data will be our colleagues and our employees. And, like all employees, they will need a good manager – an algorithm. An algorithm is really just a sequential series of steps that processes data. We will need to “train” our algorithms to have a better understanding of humans and how to make human lives better. After all, we are their bosses.


As we look to 2026 it might appear that computers and data will overrun the workplace. But remember, a computer will never clean a bathroom sink. At least in the near future, computers and data won’t replace the paper towels in the bathroom. But a computer will write up your local little League scores and a computer will operate on your spine. (Hint, this is already happening.)


This has broad implications for what we think of as valuable skills and employees in the workplace. Today we value journalists and surgeons much more than janitors or apple pickers, but in 2026 we may think very differently. We will need to understand what humans are really good at and foster those skills, outsourcing the rest to the brilliant intelligence and efficiency of the future.


One of the many things humans are really good at is communicating and collaborating with other humans.  Turns out computers and big data are really bad at it. 


As we look into the future of work I’m interested to hear what you think humans a really good at. 


What can a human do that a machine will never replace?

I've been helping companies become more collaborative, open and transparent for many years, and have had the privilege of working with and learning from many of you.  I'm also the co-curator of the Employee Communication and Engagement track at Jiveworld for the past few years, with my colleague and friend Claire Fletcher.  When we thought about what to include, we reflected on what customers typically ask us, as well as areas where we see the most challenges when helping organization regain momentum.  Some organizations don't know how to help their employees work in a new way, and I talked about how Working Out Loud can help.  But another area where I see an issue (and see if you can relate) is when I meet a small but mighty group of people who are trying to do this by themselves.  I can't think a single successful community where a small group of people have been able to do this alone.  That is why Jive stresses the importance of ADVOCATES!  This year we have dedicated an entire session on this CRITICAL topic.  In Your Adoption Secret Weapon, Stephanie Rodriguez from RBC and Jonathan Blatt from Cisco will talk about how to really make these programs work.  If you are looking for some inspiration and great, practical suggestions, make sure you attend.  These tips can apply to large and small organizations -- or whether you are well funded or more "scrappy".  This is one of the most important components to driving and sustaining adoption - so don't miss it!! 

What’s the future of work?  How will people collaborate in the future?  What will the teams of tomorrow look like?



We’re going to find out!



I’m a futurist.  I work with organizations to look out five, ten and even twenty years into the future and imagine what it will feel like to be a human and live in that future.  To do this I use a mix of social science, technical research, economics, cultural history, trendscapes, expert interviews and even a little science fiction.  If you want to nerd out about my futurecasting process there’s more here.



Over my last twenty years as a futurist I’ve seen that people build the future.  The future does’t just happen. The future is built everyday by the actions of people and teams.  And to build that future you must first have a vision for it. Nothing great as ever build by humans that wasn’t first imagined.  So to build the future first you have to imagine it.



That’s why I was so excited when Elisa and the Jive team reached out to me to explore the future of work.  Over the next two weeks we’re going to be exploring the future of work, teams and collaboration.  We’re going to talk about it in Las Vegas at JiveWorld16 and in more blogs, videos and articles.



A major part of this research is input from the Jive Community. 

I need to hear your visions for the future of work: 

What kind of future do you want? 

What kind of future do you want to avoid?

How will we collaborate in the future? 

How do you want to collaborate?



The goal of the next two weeks is to model a future that we all want to live in.


The first step is to have a vision and then to share it.



So let the futurecasting begin!



What’s your vision for the future of work?