THE SILVERSCREEN: FROM THE SECRETARIAT’S POV

Finally! Last October 10, 2009, we were able to stage the Silverscreen: Showcasing 25 Years of Organizational Communication. It was held at the Angelo King International Center (CSB Hotel).

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The Silverscreen Premiere

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Angelo King International Center

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DAC Faculty

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Tribute to Prof. Vaquer and Dr. Sarile

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OrCom Class 2009

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Girls of OrCom Class 2010

I was the Secretariat Head for the event. And as much as I would not want to rant in this post (I shall reserve the ranting in my personal blog), let me just say that it was not an easy job. There, I said it. And that will be the last of it. Don’t worry ūüėõ

The Organizational Communication program has reached it’s 25th year. As much as possible, I wanted as many OrCom alumni and faculty to be a part of this memorable celebration. That would be a total of 21 classes (Class 1988 to 2009).¬†The planning and execution of the event was made a class project for our Debate and Argumentation class. Each student was required to invite at least two alumni.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my wonderful Secretariat Committee–Nancy Ortega, Jona Atienza, Ayessa Parayno, Robert Osorio, Grace Gaddi, Arven Eusebio, Tahmee Ruiz, JP Cosio, and Kamil Binuya. It was thru the efforts of this committee and of Class 2010 as a whole that we were able to come up with an updated OrCom directory.

Unfortunately, even if we were able to invite as many alumni as possible, strong forces such as Typhoon Ondoy and Typhoon Pepeng were just too much to handle. And their landfall happened to be exactly the same date as the homecoming. From an estimated count of 150+ expected attendees, only 117 of which were able to attend.

It was actually a bit depressing, but it was not a bad number at all, considering the events that had occurred. Thank you for all those who attended.

The Silverscreen was made extra memorable because we were able to generate a total of 20,000 PhP that will be used to buy goods for Ondoy and Pepeng victims. Those who failed to attend and had their advanced payments already agreed to donate the amount. So actually, despite their absence in the event, they were still able to contribute to the special cause along with the staging of this memorable event.

Happy 25th Anniversary to the Organizational Communication program and to the entire OrCommunity!

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October 27, 2009 at 8:17 am 3 comments

UP TV ONLINE

Yes. I know exactly what you are thinking. But it is true–THERE IS A UPTV!

And it is ONLINE.

UPTV is the unofficial channel of the University of the Philippines, made possible by OneBatch, a group of Broadcast Communication students from the College of Mass Communication in the University of the Philippines Diliman.

UPTV. Iba. Orig. Astig.

UPTV. Iba. Orig. Astig.

I have this schoolmate back in elementary and he was promoting UPTV in his plurks and tweets. Since they have been very helpful in helping me rank in Topblogs, I figured I’ll return the favor by featuring their project in my communication blog.

It is really admirable how creative they were coming up with the idea of a UPTV. It is like a real TV channel, only that of course, you have to click a play button to watch the videos. After all, who watches TV in a TV nowadays?!

What is actually more interesting in this project is that all the videos featured in UPTV are self-made. It is certainly not an easy job coming up with seven different themes with various episodes each, especially since it is online. Hence, there is a wider range and variety of audience/s. Apart from the theme, concerns such as the production, the actors, the screenplay (or something similar), the editing, and the timeline MUST all be considered.

Programs

UPTV Programs

Kolehiyo

Kolehiyo features real stories and experiences of people who encountered the unknown. Yes, by unknow, I meant unseen creatures–the supernatural–that dwells in the UP Diliman campus. So if you are a fan of ghost stories, you will surely enjoy this one.

U-Gag

U-Gag is UP’s version of Wow Mali or the Yari Ka segment of the Bitoy’s Funniest Videos. The only difference is that the setting is in UP Diliman, and all the victims and apprentices are all UP students.

Extended Play

Extended Play is an online musicamentary that features the unsigned UP bands. If you are a music band enthusiast, then this is the program for you. After all, UP is known to be the home for some of the infamous local band members like Macoy of Orange and Lemons (now Kenyo), the Kikomachine band, and many more.

FAQs

FAQs is a comedy narrative that follows the undergoing of three Freshmen as they immerse into the UP way of life. This is sort of a survival guide to UP. BUT OF COURSE, since the production team are from UP Diliman, most of the tips are more applicable to UP Diliman students.

Still, if you are curious how things are done in UPD, this is a good watch.

Crashers

Crashers is a travel show, only that the places being featured are not probable tourist spots but various universities in the Metro. Here, UPTV has a team of Crashers that crashes–obviously–into one university per week. The crashers will be featuring the culture of the said institution through segments like Crash Diet (campus food), Crash Talk (campus trivia and jargons), and Crash Site (campus tambayans).

Experimental Shorts

Experimantal shorts is a short film that deals with the various issues in society using unorthodox filming techniques and experimental treatment. Yeah, it is a bit complicated trying to explain it. HAHA. Watching it will definitely help! ūüėõ

St. Philip’s High School

St. Philip’s High School is a satirical narrative on the Philippines’ political arena in a high school setting. Here, the famous political figures are living their high school life as classmates.

Since OneBatch is using YouTube as a medium for their videos, you may experience buffering problems. BUT a little amount of waiting wouldn’t hurt, right?! Not if what you will be watching is this interesting and informative ūüėÄ

Comments section

Comments Section

Do not forget to leave a comment AND spread the word!

Here is a link to UPTV online.

October 18, 2009 at 10:19 am 11 comments

THE JOYS OF THE INTERNET

Oh come on! I know you can relate!

Photo from Tumblr

All in all, I have ten online accounts–Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, Blogger (I actually have two; one is a private blog), YouTube, Friendster, Multiply, WordPress, and the latest addition (yet overly used) *insert drum rolls here* Tumblr.

Don’t make me count my email addresses. I think I only have four, but I am not so sure. For instant messaging, I use Skype, Chikka, and of course, Yahoo Messenger.

All of these accounts basically have the same features–profile customization, customary privacy settings, networking, photo and video uploading, etc. Still, you just can’t get enough of them that you have to make an account to every single one of them. At least that is what happened to me.

Listed below are some personal commentaries on the obviously-too-many accounts that I have.

Facebook

Facebook

Unlike Friendster, Facebook implements a better privacy feature. It is easier to decide whether to confirm or ignore a contact invite because you can readily see if you have any mutual friend/s to begin with.

Others may not like this restricting feature of Facebook, especially if you are trying to stalk someone but you found out that his/her profile cannot be viewed. However, this is what I like most about Facebook. I’m not the type of user who just confirms whoever it is who wants to follow him/her online activities. The freedom to ignore–and block, if you really don’t like that person to be your online contact–is just perfect! I mean, I’d like to think of Facebook as an extension of the relationships I build offline, i.e. my contacts are only those whom I consider friends or friend of friends.

The applications such as the quizzes, trivia, quote finders, and games are equally interesting and fun.¬†I actually think that I can be a good business owner someday. I specifically want to have a cafe’ business. Thanks to Cafe’ World for my early training. HAHA

I think what is lacking in Facebook is that you cannot customize your profile, i. e. there are no existing themes on how you want to see your homepage and profile. Still, having so many applications, the uniform and standard Facebook layout can still be considered an advantage.

Friendster

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My Friendster account is five years old–a fact I wouldn’t know of if I had not checked my profile. It says there that I was a member since July 2004. Friendster was my first social network account. I even had it first before I had an account in Yahoo Messenger.

Everyone has Friendster. It was the trend then, but that was not the only reason why I made my own account. We just changed residence then and my SIM card gave up on me. Friendster was the only way I could stay in touch with my friends and schoolmates back in Mandaluyong. Apart from an exchange of emails, this was the first time that I realized how beneficial the Internet is in terms of communicating.

Unfortunately, Friendster has lost its charisma. Now, all I do when I open my Friendster is to check whether I know anyone whose birthdays are near. For this purpose, I’d say that Friendster is the most reliable because most, if not all, has a Friendster account–be it active or inactive.

The people may have shifted to other social networking sites. Still, I believe that Friendster is NOT dying. But only because the people–myself included–would not deactivate their accounts. Why would they? It’s their first SNS account. Not to mention that before, testimonials were the best thing there is. I, myself, would be lying if I say that I didn’t ask for a testimonial from almost every people that I know.

Friendster is not thriving either. There is now the new and improved Friendster. However, it is undeniably just a make-up of bits of ideas from other social networking sites  like Facebook and Twitter.

Plurk

Plurk

Now this is something that I simply joined due to the bandwagon. It is actually fun at first because there’s all the excitement of going online as many times in a day as you can and having fans you don’t really know at all to gain karma point.¬†The higher the karma points, the more flexible and interesting Plurk becomes because new features becomes available for your use.

Once you have reached the highest karma points–known as Plurk Nirvana–you probably get to use more emoticons or something like it. I would never know since I never reached that level yet. I think, the very reason that makes Plurk stand out among other social networking sites is that it makes you curious what’s new or what’s next. But once you are over that phase of curiosity, it becomes bland and instead of the usual what’s new, it becomes what now.

There are three things that I like most about the features of Plurk. (1) emoticons. I especially liked the dancing bananas; (2) the verb change feature (e. g. is, likes, thinks, wishes); and (3) the mark all as read option because sometimes, you just cannot read all those plurks and comment on each.

Plurk is not even a word..until now probably. Here is the etymology of PLURK that I read from some article online.

РPeople + Lurk = Plurk

РPlay + Work: Play-Work.

РPeace, Love, Unity, Respect, Karma

– Verb potential: “Oh I googled this -> Oh I plurked it”

Multiply

Multiply (personal)

I had my Multiply account when I was in my first year in college. And that was basically the start of my involvement in the blogosphere. Actually, it was the blog feature that I like most about Multiply. And of course, the posting options too. Like Friendster, the user has the freedom to choose the viewers/reader of his/her blogs and photos.

I only use Multiply for blogging before. Unlike Friendster where you can select all the photos you want to upload all at once, Multiply’s photo uploading feature is rather tedious. You have to browse photos one by one. On a second note, Multiply, similar to Friendster, has underwent an upgrade. Now, it has a chat feature, just like that in Facebook. For photo uploading, it now has a Multiply Uploader, which I must say is a great improvement. I just tried it and it was effortless.

Blogger

Blogger

I just made a Blogger account last last month, and my blog posts are already thrice the number of my communication blogs. My blog serves like some sort of online diary. And it was made specifically for blogging, unlike Multiply.

I like the features of Blogger because it is very easy to understand and manage. I think the only problem I see is that I cannot–more like I have no idea how to do it–embed an online video.

Twitter

Twitter

I used to describe Twitter as parang Plurk. But comparing the number of tweets and plurks I’ve made, it is clear that I enjoy using Twitter more. Twitter is definitely more widely known compared to Plurk. I mean, I don’t have to read any entertainment website to know what Tom Felton or Ashton Kutcher is doing, they tweet regularly. And I just have to follow their Twitter accounts to do so.¬†Twitter is proven to be more useful as it is being used as a platform for news updates, advertising, marketing and promotion by other companies and sometimes, people such as celebrities and bloggers.

Re-tweet (RT) and hashtags are ¬†Twitter’s unique features. I’ve observed this during the height of Typhoon Ondoy’s attack. With re-tweet, it is much easier to spread the news without owning it. For hashtags, all I have to do is to type¬†#Ondoy on the search box above trending topics and all tweets regarding Ondoy fill the screen.

#Ondoy search results

#Ondoy search results

Another thing that I like about Twitter is that same with Facebook, I can update my status using the first-person point-of-view. Plurk uses the third-person format.¬†There are also a lot of Twitter applications that allows me to tweet even when I’m not on the Twitter web page. Examples are TweetDeck and Twhirl.

There are only two downsides that I have observed in Twitter: (1) you only get to build relationship with those whom you follow and follows you in return–at least when your profile is open for public viewing; and (2) it is hard to maintain or follow the conversation because there is no comment thread. One comment counts as a separate tweet. Re-tweeting then attaching the comment besides it is not really an option since there is a 140-character limit, like Plurk.

Tumblr

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Tumblr

Tumblr is the recent addition to my online accounts. If Plurk has karma points, Tumblr has tumblarity. If Twitter has retweet, Tumblr has reblog. And just like Facebook, Tumblr has like–only, it is a heart-shaped icon.

The reblog feature allows you to easily copy content from other Tumblr users. One disadvantage to this feature is that sometimes, other users tend to remove the credit. Other than that, Tumblr basically has the same features as a blog. A Tumblr user can make a blog post, upload photos and videos, and place links.

What sets Tumblr apart is that it is somehow concentrated on the artistic side of people. And actually, most Tumblr users use their Tumblelogs for photo blogging.

Now, with all these online accounts, do I get to update all of it? Actually, I DO. One very helpful feature I seem to be very fond of nowadays is cross-posting. You update in one account, and it automatically updates in your other accounts. For instance, my Multiply blogs are crossposted to my Blogger account. Also, my Tumblr posts are crossposted to my Twitter and Facebook. I can also crosspost Plurk updates to Facebook and Twitter.

So what really is the joy of having 10 different online accounts? Maybe it’s the limitless possibilities for human interaction.¬†With all these accounts, I get to reestablish relationships in a whole new environment. The fact that whatever it is that is happening online continues offline, and vice versa, does not make these relationships virtual at all.¬†Also, the ability to publish content–whether it is a must-know information or simply a random rant–without restriction is actually just a plus factor. At least for me.

October 17, 2009 at 11:35 pm 13 comments

BEBOT GELS (FEAT. PING) MEET BIKOY

For our SP133 (Argumentation and Debate) class, we were tasked to do an interview regarding the role of communication in lobbying. The group decided to narrow down the topic into lobbying through blogging.

The interview group consists of the bebot gels–yours truly , Nash Albacea, and Jena Lariza–and¬†Ping (formally known as Joanna Armendez).

We were very lucky to get an appointment with Victor “Bikoy” Villanueva, the first Filipino male blogger,¬†Airah Cadiogan, and Congressman Mong Palatino, of the¬†Kabataan Partylist.

Ms. Airah Cadiogan and Mr. Victor Villanueva

Ms. Airah Cadiogan and Mr. Victor Villanueva

The interview was held last September 11, 2009 at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

We wanted to spice up the presentation of the interview to the class so we decided to do something different, i.e. we are going to be cheerleaders doing cheer dances, of course. Bring it on!

When we arrived at Shangri-La, the interviewees–Ms. Cadiogan and Mr. Villanueva–were still not there so we first taped our webcast-ish introduction. Bebot Nash was the official video person because it was her videocam and she was not feeling well at the time. After we finished doing a B-I-K-O-Y cheer (the usual letter-clap-letter chant), we were surprised–and REALLY embarrassed–to be approached by no other than Mr. Villanueva himself. Apparently, they were there early–probably even before we arrived. KMN.

Some of the relevant insights we learned from the interview are as follows:

#1: The 5 simple steps in lobbying: (1) Identify the issue, (2) Know how you will defend your issue (3) Identify the people you have to talk to, (4) Organize an activity, and (5) Follow-up. “An instance of lobbying is not enough. It has to be sustained.”

#2: Blogging is a strategic tool for lobbying. It is an effective way of encouraging the targeted audience to join the cause or advocacy. However, it must be noted that it is only a tool. It is still necessary that complementary activities are done.

#3: ¬†Many of the youth today thinks that once they joined a group or cause via various social networking sites, they are already helping in bringing about the desired change. “It is not advisable for youth to be online activists.” A simple click on “Join the Cause” button is not enough an action to show that an individual really cares about the issue.

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Ping, (Me), Ms. Airah, "Bikoy", Nash, Jena

Mr. Bikoy Villanueva, who apparently always brings a camera with him, took a group photo of us and told us that he will blog about our interview topic and place our photo along with it–isn’t that the coolest thing ever?! HAHA. Sorry. We were simply delighted to be¬†featured in the blog–even if it is just a single blog post–of the first Filipino male blogger. I tell you, Bebot¬†Nash and I check his blog from time to time. HAHA

To view his blog post, you may see it here.

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Print Screen from the blog of Mr. Victor Villanueva

The Bebot gels and Ping did great that day, I think. Actually, it would have been a perfect day if not for the LRT rides and the traffic on our way back to Manila.

Afterwards, we went to SM Manila to watch Greenwich’s Grand Gig, where Ace Acosta‘s band, Rapid Pagongs, were one of the finalists. And John Lloyd Cruz was there to present the winner.

Don’t you just love this day?!

September 25, 2009 at 6:26 pm 4 comments

KUNG IKAW ANG PRESIDENTE NG PILIPINAS, ANO ANG GAGAWIN MO?

PHASE #1: PLANNING

Because the short video has to be viral in just a span of ONE WEEK, we have to think of something that is up-to-date, and appealing to our generation because the youth are really the ones who spend much time surfing the Internet and watching videos online. Of course, whatever the video is, it must be easily done/produced.

Our very first criteria–that we all very much agreed with–was NOT ELECTION-RELATED.¬†It is just that this past month, we have all been caught up with issues on youth vote, national elections 2010, and what have you. So we decided that, as much as possible, we will stay away from ideas that will lead to that topic again.

Someone suggested doing random (hence ambushed) interviews. I suggested that we try a one-question format, where the subjects of the video will be asked only one question. The challenge then was to think of a question that would solicit a variety of opinion.

More than the ambush interviews that we will be conducting, we also want our viewers to answer our question in the comment section once we have uploaded our video. We want them to start a conversation regarding our video. And that’s how we arrived at ¬†Kung Ikaw ang Presidente ng Pilipinas, ano ang gagawin mo? So we’re back.

PHASE #2: PRODUCTION

We divided into three groups; each must do an ambush interview of different students. To make the video get instant hits, one strategy we did was to get the contact information of those we interviewed, so they themselves can share the video to their friends.

PHASE #3: MAKING IT VIRAL

Individual promotion. We posted the video in our respective online accounts such as blogs and social networking sites. Also, we post the links every now and then in our SNS status–even in YM. To easily spread the video, we asked our contacts to watch the video and repost it. We also composed an email message that contains the link, and of course, with some teaser spiel regarding the viral video. We also have gif files to make the promotion package more appealing.

Domain. For easy viewing, we made a domain–http://kungikaw.tk –that is easier to remember so that we can even promote it face-to-face. Also, we sent out a text message about our video. Having a short domain was very handy.

Related sites. We contacted the First Time Voters Project, and other youth-vote and election-related sites if they could view our video, and repost it, if possible.

I would be a hypocrite if I say that I did not employ¬†ad baculum or who-knows-what fallacy¬†to promote the video. I know that we were supposed to tap our target audience–the Filipino youth voters–into watching and reacting to this video. For a video to be viral, it has to reach at least 1000+ hits in less than a week, at least that’s what it says in one or two online articles that we have read.

I saw the videos of other groups and I must say that everyone did a great job. I especially liked Fayah and Wanna be a Korean. I mean, it is not so often that I will see¬†Ate Lou dancing (Trivia: Park Bom–the 2NE1 member Ate Lou portrayed–is her favorite 2NE1 member. Ha!).¬†Jhe was also really bubbly and cute in their video. Her faux bangs were perfect.

Phase #4: Results (as to the promotion I did)

I accidentally sent the video to GMA news via email. I was surprised when they asked for my number and called me asking if I can send them a brief summary about the video. I did. I thought that was the end of that.

Last Tuesday, I received a call from Mariz Umali of GMA News and Public Affairs to tell me that she was in UP Manila and hopes to see me so we can talk about the video. Unfortunately, the ever-enthusiastic Angel Directo was in UP Diliman at that time. She would have been so excited. Well, she still was even she wasn’t there. At least not physically. Haha

When I met her, I was surprised to see that she was with a cameraman and there’s a microphone with the GMA7 logo on it. Good thing Camille was there with me so we were both interviewed. Talk about ambush interview! Hello karma ūüėõ

I think the short interview was shown on News on Q (QTV11). A clip of the interview was shown in 24 Oras (GMA 7) along with two other youth vote-related activities from UP Diliman, and UST. ¬†Only Ate Ana and Glecy saw it. I didn’t get to see it as I was asleep by the time. HAHA

I think, the Youtube link of our viral video was shown because a video of us was taken while we were playing the it in Ate Jackie‘s laptop.

For all those who haven’t watched yet our video:


September 18, 2009 at 6:20 am 2 comments

THE COMEBACK

LADY NO MORE GAGA

That was the headline piece on the newspaper that was shown in Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” music video after she fell off the terrace.

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Since I had my straight bangs, most of my friends started calling me¬†Lady Gaga or Lady Paula. Somehow, it ¬†seemed like Gaga and Paula are alike terms. BUT THEY’RE NOT.

Actually, it’s not that I don’t like it. It’s pretty much okay. Before, Paula, as the dictionary of babies’ names puts it,¬†means small. Still, I’d like to think that I was named Paula in reference to St. Paul the Apostle. Now, as said already, it’s being equated to Gaga. At least by my so-called friends. Just kidding!

When Filipinos use the word gaga, however, they unintentionally make it sound SO not likeable.¬†Also, I’m NOT really a fan of Lady Gaga‚Ķ.until lately. I mean, I’ve been singing “Paparazzi” for days. That must mean something, right?

The one and only pleasant meaning of gaga that I found was from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/gaga where it was defined as an informal adjective to describe excitement. If by being called Lady Gaga, they meant gaga in its positive light, then by all means, call me gaga. Gah. It still sounds so wrong. HAHA

Now let me use gaga in a sentence. I WAS GAGA OVER THE IDEA OF DOING A COMMUNICATION BLOG.¬†As I’ve said in my introduction entry, an academic blog is something different but I’m excited to try it. Dismally, as time progresses, I was not able to sustain my excitement and interest until I gradually became a lady no more gaga.

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If you haven’t watched yet the “Paparazzi” music video, you may watch it here. I can’t post it because embedding the video was disabled. I actually subscribe to Lady Gaga‘s official YouTube channel now. Ha!

Reminder when you watch the MTV: When people address me as Lady Gaga or Lady Paula, it is just because of my bangs, and no reason at all that is similar to what you will witness in this video.

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If you have seen the MTV, you will know that Lady Gaga was intentionally pushed off the terrace by her boyfriend when she hit him with a bottle of wine causing her to fall. People then thought that she died. Of course they were wrong because all along, she was in disguised plotting a revenge against her ex-boyfriend. When she succeeded, she revealed herself again.

So what do Lady Gaga and Little Miss Straight bangs–I–have in common (apart from the obvious full straight bangs)???

Refer to the title–The COMEBACK

Don’t worry. I’m not plotting against anyone for some revenge mission. It’s just that after 7 long weeks of being stagnant, I am once again sticking my bangs into what is happening in the world of Organizational Communication and New Social Media. And the only plan I am plotting right now is how I’m going to sustain my online presence and how I’ll be able to keep up what with my six or so missed blog posts.

September 12, 2009 at 9:45 pm 3 comments

DO THE JAZZ!

The Wiki Workplace: Unleashing the Power of Us

Wikinomiks: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

by Dan Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.

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We know that in a military battalion, every move must not only be firm but numbered. Moreover, there is a corps commander or battalion officer that provides the command for the privates’ next move or position.¬†In a jazz band, however, there is ¬†usually no conductor. Or even if there is, the members are diverse. Unlike in a troop where the instruments are either rifles or swords only, an ensemble is composed of people who play the percussion, bass guitar, piano, saxophone, clarinet, and other instruments. In addition to that, they are divided into sections like rhythm and melody. This, according to Tapscott and Williams, is how a wiki workplace looks like.

We discussed how communication evolution changed the way people communicate. This also applies to how organizations, particularly business organizations, function today. It is not just the culture, but also the nature, of the organization that is changing. With the emergence of new social media tools like blogs, wikis, and even video games, organizations have entered the virtual environment, conquered the Net generation, and is now inside the wiki workplace.

Below are the following major benefits of collaboration in the wiki workplace:

#1: Power and control in organizations are gradually being distributed among the employees.

#2: Cohesiveness in spite of existing organizational and even geographical boundaries.

#3: Faster innovation yet lower costs

Through collaboration technologies, the workers can brainstorm ideas and socialize with each other at the same time. They are provided with more autonomy in terms of developing new strategies for the business. They can also participate in the decision-making process and influence the methods and result of the activity.  Because the control is shared, the workers also develop a deeper sense of loyalty to the organization.

Allowing the workers to take part in the decision-making process on the company operations, I think, is very important. After all, these people are the ones who are usually in the front line. Hence, they knew the organization’s target market in a much closer sense. Instead of paying an external group to do a market research, the management can give the task to those employees who work on the front line. Being able to interact with the consumers, the workers hold relevant firsthand information.

The wiki workplace also made collaboration less dependent on boundaries. Since the setting is online, there is more transparency. It is easier to tell whether the workers are indeed working–either they are online or offline. Because everything is being exchanged via the Web, knowledge and information sharing is deemed to be faster and easier. Another advantage of this is that the virtual world shrinks the organization in a way that the workers, as well as the management, become more familiar with each other. As said already, no boundaries such as doors or floors, and even ranks exist in a wiki workplace.

I am awed by how the wiki workplace would result to increased level of trust and loyalty and success when, in fact, with the large number of participants existing on the Web, it’s very hard to manage–if not unmanageable. ¬†But of course, the most valuable end product is none other than is collective intelligence.

The teams formed in a wiki workplace may be virtual, but the workers are engaged with what they are doing. They are in one community of practice. When one is online, you know that he/she is participating or engaging in some kind of online activity.

In a traditional workplace where you see people doing the same tasks–typing, accepting orders, etc.–over and over again, collaborative tasks are mostly done only by the top management. And that really doesn’t seem collaborative at all because the input only comes from them.

In the wiki workplace, everyone is involved. Even managers and supervisors like Robert Stephens of Geek Squad join from time to time. Online is less formal, less structured. Sometimes, however, that is just what is needed.

The managers and supervisors must loosen up. Instead of standing in front of the battalion giving out orders like in a military, they should form a jazz band, and produce beautiful music out of the collective efforts and talents of its members. It’s mass collaboration at its best!

July 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm 1 comment

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