It's Time For Something New.. And We Need Your Help
It’s time for something new. We want to kick-off a new phase in the evolution of the Corporate Rebels. We want to intensify the fight for better workplaces—with your help. Specifically, we want to scale the impact of all Rebels around the world.
Behind the scenes we’re working hard to change up a gear—and we’re almost there. But, before we announce all the cool news, we want to ask for your help.
Building the platform
In 2016, before launching the Corporate Rebels, we built our first website from scratch. We taught ourselves how to code—and spent way too much time working in HTML! With the benefit of hindsight, it was a stupid decision.
Nevertheless, the website did what we wanted it to. It shared our vision and our stories in a simple, clear way.
In January 2017, we built a new site using WordPress. We designed it to give more focus on the blog posts. We aimed for two posts each week. It seemed to work. The number of unique monthly visitors grew even more quickly.
Today, the number of visitors continues to grow. But we still think it’s time to aim for another level of impact. So, we are again working to upgrade the Corporate Rebels site. We want it to become even more of a platform than it already is—a platform that supports the corporate rebellion in various ways.
Can you help us?
Over the past two years, various guests have kindly shared their stories, perspectives, and expertise. But these have been limited. Most posts were still written by us.
We now hope to better leverage the knowledge and insights of the Corporate Rebels movement. Of course, we will still post blogs about our visits to Bucket List pioneers, and about the rebellious practices we discover.
Corporate Rebels: A platform for rebellious, practical content to change workplaces for the better—and written in clear, no-nonsense language.
But we want to give more room to fellow rebels: including rebels fighting for change inside organizations, researchers at the forefront of organizational design, CEOs and founders in creating wildly inspiring organizations, and many, many more.
That’s why we invite aspiring contributors to come forward. Just drop us an email at email@example.com. The guidelines? Rebellious, practical content that has the potential to change workplaces for the better—and written in clear language.
Feedback, ideas, and suggestions
And we have one more request. Would you please take a moment to reflect, and then send us your ideas for improving the website?
Let us know what you currently miss, what you would like us to add, or what you want us to do differently. Just drop your suggestions in the comment section below.
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Hi there - kudos to the team on your quest for continuous improvement and evolution. As I think about what I would try to do with your site by way of improving it, a couple of thoughts come to mind. So since you asked, here goes.
1. Most important thing of all is to be clear about your objective for the site. What do you want it to do? Do you want to attract page views and click throughs to advertisers? Do you want to drive cross-posts and shares to other social media sites? (I noticed you have share counters below each article). Do you want to really spur yeasty discussion from an informaed, passionate readership, leading to a comments section that is sometimes even more enlightening than the post that triggered it?
Depending on which of these you are trying to drive, you would make different design choices for your site’s layout.
2. Based on what I know of the Rebels, my guess is that you would probably welcome more substantive discussion from your readership. If that’s the case, then I would focus on making the comments section more prominent. At present it feels a bit like Medium, which to me is a very unintuitive, and un-userfriendly commenting interface. For a model that I think works well, check out the New York Times OpEd pages and the commenting UI they employ. Look at how they curate hundreds of posts and choose their own picks as well as post Reader’s picks - the comments that garner the most Likes.
3. I’m not an API/website design guy, so I don’t know what’s possible. But having participated a bit in your Slack group, it seems to me that the Slack group is diluting your readership’s focus. What is it’s mission, versus your website’s? If you can, my recommendation would be to do one of the following:
- come up with a distinct and completely separate purpose for the Slack channel, and move it quickly toward that. (And ostensibly ensure that purpose has nothing to do with commenting on the topics covered in the blog posts, which should be covered by my previous suggestion above).
- integrate the Slack channel into your WordPress site via an API, which effectively makes Slack the container for commenting on all blog posts (which may not be technically possible).
- failing either of these options, ditch the Slack channel.
4. Make repeat site visits worthwhile for your loyal followers by providing info on your landing page that goes beyond just the latest blog post.
- show me a list of the Top 10 most-read posts.
- show me a list of the posts that are getting the most comments in the last 7 days.
- give me an author list that I can click on to see both bios of the bloggers, and links to all their posts.
- give me a list of topics I can click on and surface posts that are tagged with the topic.
Bottom line is focus - figure out what you want to accomplish with your site, and then look around the web for the known good practices that are already being used that would support your objective.
My $0.02. Thanks for your dedication to the cause! I think you guys are onto a good thing here.
Hi there, I am with Tom and his well thought out comments. Especially the difference between Slack and the website. If I take myself for instance, I believe that I have alot to contribute, but I dont know how to do that. I have submitted a case study and I feel that it would be good to have more interaction with it with others.
As for a solution, I am not sure its is just about being on the internet. As we all have, I have participated in various groups. One thing that I find the most rewarding, and that pulls people into a certain direction together is meeting up.
So I am making a suggestion of some kind of a meetup, where we can listen, get to know, and discuss. Maybe this is an actual meetup, or maybe its virtual on Zoom. But it will have to have a topic of discussion and moderated. A real meetup could be a type of unconference.
I dont think that Corporate rebels should be afraid of having 'connections' with like minded people who follow these principles. What I mean by this is that people can be connected in stronger of not so strong ways to the group. So Corporate rebels could have associates who work with them, and maybe share competence on larger projects. Or simply share work when one wants to learn from another. Maybe even a job sharing and training part of Corporate Rebels.
These are just brain storming ideas in true design thinking fashion, I wrote them to inspire further thoughts.
What I already love - please continue. Loads of awesome & honest content. Real connection with "celebrity rebels" who we admire and inspire us. Chance to meet other incredible people through events and slack workspace.
Other ideas. Moderated virtual events using e.g. Zoom. Platform to match people for mentoring. Marketplace for rebels to pitch ideas or prototypes. Platform to initiate learning networks. Host podcasts or live Q&A sessions with bucket list pioneers. Make use of the many consultants on the platform who may be willing to offer a live learning session.
Netflix - one of the pioneers on our Bucket List - is known for doing things differently: not just revolutionizing the entertainment business, but also by experimenting with radical management principles. The most eye-catching are its famous culture deck, the unlimited vacation policy, and the 5-word expense policy "Act in Netflix's best interest". Even more powerful than these 'exotic' practices is how they give and receive feedback.
When I was asked to speak at a University of Michigan symposium on the subject of humility a few years ago, I honestly knew little or nothing about the subject. Beyond a general understanding of what the word meant, and that it was probably a good thing to have, I wouldn’t have had much to say about why it would matter. In the intervening months of inquiry, I’ve learned a lot.