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Oscar Berg10/31/14
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Compelling facts about email (ab)use in organizations

It has almost become a truism that the average corporate employee spends around 25-30 percent of the workday on email related tasks. For example, McKinsey found that workers spend 28% of their workweek on reading e-mails. By comparison we spend 14 percent of our time, or just 6.4 hours per week, on "communicating and collaborating internally."

Adi Gaskell10/31/14
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Peer Academy aims to drive change collaboratively

The last few years have seen learning take on an unquestionably more social air to it. Whether it’s MOOCs bringing higher education to the masses or a raft of new social games, there are a whole host of new ways for people to learn online, and to do so in a more social way.

Hearsay Social10/31/14
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Advisor use of social media matures, regulatory requirements are still a challenge

Last week we attended the sold out SIFMA Social Media Seminar in New York City, a one-day event in the heart of Wall Street that brings together experts from a variety of business roles including marketing, business, compliance, and legal, as well as financial advisors, to discuss the expanding use of social media for financial services.

Interact Intran...10/30/14
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Considering Your Collaboration and Knowledge Management as a Freemium Model

Freemium has become a popular model throughout software, from mobile apps and games which are free to download and then charge you to hasten progress or receive exclusive prizes, through to enterprise software which gives free access for a set period of time, for example you can trial Interact for 30 days for free and then decide if you wish to purchase it on a subscription basis.

Adi Gaskell10/30/14
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When good news isn’t welcome on social media

I wrote recently about some new research that explored the sharing of good news. The study wanted to explore the hypothesis that those around us would love to hear the exciting and wonderful things we have to share.

Christopher Blake10/30/14
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Digital Disruption - Sad but even Google isn't going far enough with their new "Inbox that works for you"

Google is someone that I have associated with rapid innovation and positive digital disruption in the past, and on the surface I was quite excited to read about their 'reinvention' of their inbox and email.

Interact Intran...10/29/14
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What happened at Interaction Intranet Conference 2014

The largest intranet conference in Europe kicked off with what is fast becoming a tradition of the conference – a video of Interact’s CEO Nigel Danson’s children. Their Oscar worthy performance showcases time wasting in organisations with repetition being one of the biggest culprits, begging the question “is it time for a social intranet?”.

Adi Gaskell10/29/14
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What ignites the fire of innovation within an organization?

Innovation is hard. I don’t think anyone really disputes that. It often makes the innovator rather unpopular amongst their peers, and there tends to be a well established army willing to fight tooth and nail to preserve what already is rather than plump for the uncertainty of what might be.

Christopher Blake10/29/14
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China Bank Phillipines adopting social business

Good news on innovative approaches should be retold. So here it is.

Bloomfire Marketing10/28/14
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Dreamforce 2014, by CEO Trey Tramonte

Did you make it to Dreamforce? As a first timer myself, all I can say is WOW, it was everything that people had warned me of and more. A mega-event that is managed with uncommon precision and professionalism.

Adi Gaskell10/28/14
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Could Mobbr be facilitating fairer collaboration?

As regular readers of this blog will know, I’m a big fan of crowdsourcing as a method of attracting a wide and diverse range of talent towards a project. As the saying goes, “whoever you work for, the smartest people work for someone else”.

Matt Ballantine10/28/14
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Writing a novel

A few days ago I saw a blog post where someone was expressing their dissatisfaction with the business networking site LinkedIn.

Hearsay Social10/27/14
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Zurich Insurance Group collaborates with Hearsay Social in Germany, Austria, Spain, and more

Today we’re proud to announce that Hearsay Social has collaborated with Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets, to empower their agents across Europe on social media.

Adi Gaskell10/27/14
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Innovation aims to get youngsters engaged in politics

Several years ago, when I ran The Environment Site, we had a feature on our discussion forum called eCoBoT. It was a relatively simple AI member of the forum that would reply to any posts made to it by other members.

Mark Morrell10/27/14
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Accessible content for everyone and every device

Everyone whether they have a disability or not needs to have the same experience when using any intranet information or applications. Employees with a disability may use devices to help them. Your intranet needs to be compatible with these to avoid risking breaking the guidelines and any law that applies in the country where the person works.

Matt Ballantine10/26/14
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Four stages of digital disruption

I’ve been thinking about the ways in which media industries (and others) have been disrupted by the world of digital, and am playing around with the idea of four key stages

Adi Gaskell10/26/14
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New site aims to make it easier to match up investors and start-ups

Crowdfunding has undoubtedly opened up an extensive array of potential sources of finance for entrepreneurs and creative people of various stripes. Despite the huge splurge of funding that has found its way to entrepreneurs from backers around the world, the more formal funding streams remain important.

Christopher Blake10/25/14
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Digital Disruption - Microsoft misses again with Office Graph and Delve

In 1997 when Apple wrote it, they were the underdog, the company that was appealing to the edge, to the people who were prepared to shake things up.; the ‘wild ducks’.

Adi Gaskell10/25/14
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How curiosity aids learning

I’ve written previously about the importance of passion in a social business. The pace of change is so fast in the modern world that it is essential that you love what you do, as that will support the investment required to stay on top of the changes impacting your particular field.

Christopher Taylor10/24/14
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I hate my bank and that’s OK

I hate my bank. Wait, that’s only partially true. I hate my bank that offers a location wherever I happen to be, has tellers and allows me to deposit and withdraw small or large sums of cash.

Adi Gaskell10/24/14
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New report looks at the five drivers of workplace change in financial services

There are undoubtedly many social, technological and financial factors impacting upon the way our workplaces are evolving.  Recently, workplace consultancy Unwork and DTZ set out about exploring just what some of those core factors are in the...

Oscar Berg10/24/14
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Social technology isn't just about tools

Social software is a category of communication tools that support and encourage social and collaborative behaviors. The term “social technology” is wrongly often taken as a synonym for social software.A technology is not just about the tools.

Oscar Berg10/23/14
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The Digital Workplace

It's been a while since I last shared a presentation on Slideshare. Mostly it's because I have accepted fewer speaking engagements and focused my time and energy on working on customer assignments.

Adi Gaskell10/23/14
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MOOCs are coming to a school near you

There have been some big shifts in the way education has been delivered over the years. We’ve seen the likes of Khan Academy do wonderful things in maths and science related topics, and they even teamed up with NASA recently to produce a joint effort over some space related topics.

Matt Ballantine10/23/14
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Employer engagement

Employee engagement is big business. Entire consulting industries are devoted to measuring and tracking the levels of engagement that are displayed by a company’s staff, and implementing programmes of work to try to nudge the scores upwards. An...