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).
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 😛
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!
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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).
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! 😛
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 😀
Do not forget to leave a comment AND spread the word!
Here is a link to UPTV online.
The Wiki Workplace: Unleashing the Power of Us
Wikinomiks: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
by Dan Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.
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!