Cohere will go beyond discussions of online community, social networks and social media and look at the bigger picture - perhaps the biggest picture: the complex, digitally augmented global community we now all belong to, whether we like it or not!
The Big Idea:
Complex human networks have sprung up globally, driven in large part by exponential technologies such as AI, automation, and space-based internet. Imagine what will happen when three billion more people come online in the next five years! For organizations, a planet-wide network of logged-on human beings brings both limitless opportunities and unprecedented threats.
As we increasingly use social technologies to augment human experiences, the Cohere podcast asks, what’s the best path forward? How should we navigate, evaluate, and administrate a complex technological landscape so we can protect, promote, and empower our human networks? How will we ensure that digital communities deliver on the promise of enhancing our lives, both individually and collectively? And what steps must we take to ensure our approach to community development is sustainable, democratic, and morally sound?
Data Science and Online Communities with Will Roberts
In this episode of the Cohere podcast, I speak with Will Roberts, a data scientist at IBM, about the implications of data science and AI for online communities.
Co-creating Business With Your Community Vincent Boon
Vincent Boon is a giant in the community space. A natural community leader, Vincent initially saw the power of community when hundreds of people began to show up to learn to play poker at his meetup.
Revisiting the Theory of Disruptive Innovation with Karen Dillon
Today the term "disruption" is commonly used to signal a wide range of disparate ideas. The concept comes from Clayton Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation.
On this episode of the podcast my guest is Karen Dillon, former editor of Harvard Business Review and coauthor of three books with Clayton Christensen. Karen shares her experiences editing both Inc. and Harvard Business Review, her collaboration with Clayton Christensen, and how she continues to carry their work forward today.
Building a Human-Centered Social Network with Meena Palaniappan
In the developed world, the promise of social media (including Facebook) to create positive change has fallen well short of the mark.
In this episode of the Cohere Podcast, Meena and I discuss the circumstances that led her to found Atma Connect, the positive impact her products like Atma Go are making, and her vision for social networks like Atma Go to help create more equitable and resilient communities, both online and in the real world.
Here Comes Everybody (Else) with Randy Farmer
I spoke with Randy Farmer about the recent increase in virtual community participation triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this bonus episode (~15 min), I speak with virtual community pioneer Randy Farmer about this influx of new participants, how they are likely different from your current community cohort, how to understand their needs and engage them in helpful ways.
Developing Expansive Community Business Models with Joi Podgorny
This week, I sat down (virtually, of course) with Joi Podgorny, Founder of Good People Solutions.
Joi has had a very impressive and wide-ranging career, including developing and launching successful community business models for the wildly popular children's brands Animal Jam and Chuggington. In her work with Good People Solutions, she focuses on corporate diversity and inclusion training in VR. Joi shares hard-won wisdom she has acquired from her impressive career.