Workplace Tribes: Pilot homogeneous communities beyond companies

Patrice Bonfy
Apr 11, 2017 · 3 min read
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Not being in an office doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with Workplace!

Workplace, a delegated, disindividualized “Facebook.”

The very first iteration of Facebook was exclusively available for Harvard students, who confirmed that they belonged with their @harvard.edu email. Communication features were not that impressive, but the unique opportunity to connect with other students of your university made it the instant hit it was. The school authority in charge of activating email addresses for students was de facto managing access to the community.

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After the major success of The Social Network, prepare yourself for The Social Network 2, Back to Community
  • Workplace, a disindividualized “Facebook”: Users do not build a network of “friends” on Workplace because their network is the whole community. They join and create groups that are relevant to what they do and like. The collective discussion is structured collaboratively instead of around individuals.

Workplace beyond employees communities

Workplace’s community-focused way of operation could prove useful and positive for other “tribes” than employees of a given organization.

  • Professionals sharing a coworking space
  • Specialists of a market vertical
  • Enthusiasts of a particular sport
  • Alumni from a given school

How to manage a Workplace beyond companies?

To efficiently run a Workplace “tribe,” we need to add to Workplace native tools:

  • A groups architecture designed to optimize collective conversation, in which approved member will automatically be distributed according to the way they qualified themselves. Example for a local community: People living in the same street, the same building, etc.
  • What would be the cost of a Workplace “tribe”? A free version of Workplace has been announced. Will its functionalities cover the “tribe” use case?
  • Some wordings may need adjustment (“colleagues” does not work well in most use cases). Would that be possible?

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Co-fondateur @le_paternel et @prototypers_co, co-parent de 2 fils, aime entreprendre, écrire, bricoler et voyager, mais pas forcément en même temps

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