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Friday Faves is our weekly blog series highlighting a few select pieces from the REG team’s reading lists. You can catch up on past Friday Faves on the archive.
Virtual Collaboration Won’t Be the Death of Creativity
Anne says: A common theme that arises when discussing the turbulent year and ways of working has been the lament over the loss of creativity, now we’re all distributed and not co-located. Spontaneous conversations in the corridors, collective areas like kitchens – the water-cooler effect. Mostly it’s accompanied by a sense of defeat, that it’s just one of those things that can’t be replaced by a Zoom session. But wait – this recent article, published in the Winter edition of MIT Sloan Management Review, based on decades of research by the author, suggests it’s an opportunity to improve group creativity!
I have to admit reading this article with a dose of skepticism and but delighted that by the end, I might be convinced to change my mind. As a reminder, the author highlights creativity drivers, including that individuals are more creative than groups; and that constraints such as limited time or funding can promote creative thinking. The author suggests that virtual meetings (Zoom-style video conference sessions) impose more constraints than face-to-face meetings. The lack of visual and communication cues, controls on who can speak and when, all combine to change the way we think and potentially boost our creativity.
Most of the other recommendations could just as easily be applied to face-to-face group creativity sessions. However, the final tactic, of keeping idea vaults provides a point of difference to many in-person brainstorming sessions. We’ve used this strategy successfully a number of times with online innovation initiatives. The process allows ideas to be stored (online) and accessible to review, people to contact each other, or build on others idea sparks.
The concluding paragraph reminds us that new ways of working can enhance processes that we’ve used traditionally. But, we have to intentionally design the processes and include effort to ensure everyone understands what we’re trying to achieve and be flexible within those systems to adapt to changes that may arise. In fact, just keep doing more of what we’ve been doing all year, improvising and still getting things done!
6 startups that could change the way we work
The 6 startups are:
- Teemyco: When Sims meets the office
- Miro: The whiteboard that never ‘accidentally’ gets erased
- Atium: Building a virtual company culture
- Textio: Tackling unconscious bias
- Clear: Keeping virtual teams happy and healthy
- Cognicept: Improving human-robot relations
It’s always fascinating to see the ideas that are out there for how we can do work differently in the future and, especially, when you can see them come to life through startups into tangible technologies we can actually use. With the forced changes from covid, it’s been a big year for thinking differently and for being open to the possibility that just because we’ve “always” done it one way, doesn’t mean there can’t be a new way to do it! As 2020 pulls to a close, it’ll be interesting to watch the work technologies space in 2021 – and beyond.
Around the house
Nigella Lawson saying ‘Microwave’ like this has made my Christmas already pic.twitter.com/ByXTDVIloq
— 🍯 (@EtceteraWithEst) December 8, 2020
Jakkii says: It’s almost time for the Christmas break! Next week we’ll have our special 2020 wrap post so this will be our last roundup of things to read, watch, listen to and do from home for 2020. Stay safe, and have a happy holidays!
- Need some help answering stupid questions about gaming? Try these: ‘Why do queer people want to ruin video games?’ and other stupid questions answered
- Get in the holiday spirit with the best new holiday music in 2020, from Carly Rae Jepsen to Dolly Parton
- Add more festive tunes with these 18 great Christmas songs from the past decade
- See how one Muslim woman is normalising the hijab through comics
- A Flipboard tribute to John Lennon, 40 years on from his murder
- Climate: The good, the bad, and the ugly from the UN’s stark report
- Learn how court-ordered drug testing poses impossible choices
- 10 family-friendly things you can do at home these holidays (that don’t involve a screen)
- Relieve anxiety with crafts like cross-stitch and crochet and how to get a hobby these holidays
- Watch this fascinating documentary about strangers who look just like each other
has to be my favourite shakespeare quote pic.twitter.com/dSXZ2EsOGg
— three wise pams 👑 (@alexandrakuri) December 8, 2020
Save money on expensive calendars for 2021 by reusing one from 1993 as the days/dates match. Bequeath it to the grand kids and they can use it 2106 in their radiation-proof subterranean lair. pic.twitter.com/rPn8BleaNd
— The Shend (@The_Shend) December 7, 2020
me: i’m so sad and hopeless and directionless
my brain: buy stuff
me: no listen i need a purpose
brain: a purchase?
— dirt prince (@pant_leg) November 29, 2020
he’s having a main character moment pic.twitter.com/BghOzxCovJ
— afrah (@goldenberryx) November 28, 2020
Misinformation Friday Five
- He pretended to be Trump’s family. Then Trump fell for it.
- Twitter put warning labels on hundreds of thousands of tweets. Our research examined which worked best.
- YouTube declares war on US election misinformation… a month late
- Tackling misinformation: What researchers could do with social media data
- 8 facts about the coronavirus to combat common misinformation
COVID-19 Friday Five
- We had the vaccine the whole time
- COVID-19 vaccine: 90-year-old woman becomes first to receive Pfizer vaccine in the UK
- Pfizer vaccine has just been approved: here’s what the next few months will look like
- Americans increasingly willing to get COVID-19 vaccine: Poll
- How Biden’s inauguration could be affected by COVID-19, Trump’s absence
Work Friday Five
- The Year of the Knowledge Worker
- HubSpot 2020 Remote Work Report
- Cisco overhauls Webex with an eye on seamless collaboration, smart hybrid work
- Across the globe, workers want a hybrid work model
- Why your workplace software stinks
Tech Friday Five
- Amazon adds Microsoft, Unilever to its climate group that critics say lacks transparency
- Google launches health research app
- Facebook Gaming starts Black creator program with guaranteed monthly pay
- Workplace video communication app Voodle raises $6M to combat ‘Zoom fatigue and Slack overload’
- Podcast: Big Tech monopolies and the innovation chill
Facebook Antitrust Friday Five
- US Government calls for break up of Facebook
- Why the US government wants Facebook to sell off Instagram and WhatsApp
- ‘It’s hard to prove’: why antitrust suits against Facebook face hurdles
- Facebook sees WhatsApp as its future, antitrust suit or not
- The smoking gun in the Facebook antitrust case
Social Media Friday Five
- All eyes on Australia’s social media regulation
- Community takes all: the power of social+
- How TikTok is upending workplace social media policies – and giving us rebel nurses and dancing cops
- The ‘Japanese Bob Ross’: How a 73-year-old artist took YouTube by storm
- On Twitter and TikTok, Biden grandchildren may offer viral view of White House life
Sydney Business Insights – The Future This Week Podcast
This week: reducing the reliance on ad revenue, reducing the reliance on external partners: how big tech companies evolve their business models.
Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.
The stories this week
Other stories we bring up