We started the Corporate Rebels movement with the crystal clear mission to make work more fun. To achieve our mission and to further strengthen the movement, we think it is vital that all Corporate Rebels from around the world are able to easily connect with each other. Because these connections allow fellow rebels to share knowledge, exchange experiences, and jointly design better workplaces.
Only if we all team up and work together we will be able to significantly increase our impact to make work more fun around the world.
Growing the movement
One way we are actively building the movement is through a series of Rebel Events around the world; the so-called Rebel Tour. This is the reasons why we are in Australia at the moment. During our Rebel Events people in the movement have the opportunity to meet each other in real life.
The events, just like our blog, are focused on the practical side of things. During a highly interactive day we talk, among many other things, about tools for experimentation and best practices for a successful revolt.
But the events are definitely not the only thing we do to grow the movement. In an early phase of our journey Professor Isaac Getz, author of Freedom, Inc. told us about the inevitability of having a healthy ecosystem (or movement) in place in order to be able to revolutionize the way we work.
This is why we are actively building a digital ecosystem that is designed to do just that. It’s also why, a few months ago, we decided to open up our internal Corporate Rebels Slack community for everyone interested in the topic to join.
What is Slack?
Slack is a cloud-based set of team collaboration tools and services. It allows communities, groups, or teams to join through a specific URL or by invitation. Slack is a community platform for which users had previously used message boards or social media such as Facebook or LinkedIn groups. On the platform, you find so-called public and private channels.
Public channels allow members to communicate without the use of email and are open to everyone in the community. Private channels allow for private conversation between smaller sects of the overall group. At last, direct messages allow members to send private messages to other members rather than a group of people.
Practical support to create better workplaces
Opening up the Corporate Rebels Slack community has provided the movement with a digital place where fellow rebels can easily connect with each other. We knew that there were already a few other Slack communities out there (i.e. Responsive Organizations, NOBL) where people meet to discuss matters for better work. We didn’t open up our community just to recreate a similar one.
We want the Corporate Rebels Slack community to differentiate itself from the other communities by having a strong focus on the practical side. It is meant to be a tool to tap into the knowledge of the community; the wisdom of the crowd. The digital community is a place where fellow rebels can:
- connect with others that are fighting the status-quo of current workplaces;
- exchange knowledge, content, tools and best-practices to change the way we work;
- share experiences about experimentation in their workplace;
- ask questions or ask for help and feedback.
A simple but beautiful example
A simple but beautiful example of what we want the Slack community to be, happened quite recently. The example perfectly showed the power of being able to tap into the huge knowledge base of the movement.
Steffen Behn from Germany struggled with a particular issue related to congress budgeting and asked the community for help. Kasia Ryniak from the Polish Bucket list organization u2i dealt with this issue before and shared with Steffen the practice they had put in place to solve his issue.
Slack conversation: How can employees self-set their budgets?
Steffen: Hello everybody. I have a question from my team today which wasn’t that easy to answer. They proposed to create a yearly “conference budget” with defined process that a “lead” signs off for people to decide if they can go to a Developer Conference or not. That sounds wrong on so many levels. I would rather do not have any process but just trust people to go to the right conferences in the first place. I gave them some examples I know from companies who got rid of their travel policies – but it that didn’t entirely convince them. Might anybody of you have a best practice on how you decide who can go to what conference? Thanks, Steffen
Kasia: Hey Steffen! What we do in u2i (www.u2i.com) is a simplified process of decision making around conferences. We really wanted to have a conference budget at some point but it turned out we’re not huge fans of setting too many restrictions.
What we do now is:
– we have a general rule that conference budget is unlimited but has to be reasonable (that means as a company set in Poland we’re most likely to pay for all expenses – flight, accommodation, ticket – when the event happens in Europe but probably will cover only a ticket when the conference happens e.g. in the US)
– we have a channel on Slack called #expenses so whenever someone thinks of attending an event he/she is encouraged to create a post there with reasons behind attending conference and details (how much is the conference, what are other expenses, what certain person can benefit from and what is a benefit for the company). Then, if anyone is against the idea, we have a space for discussion. But truth to be told, no one was ever blocked.
This entire process enabled us to do three things:
– think whether that’s the conference I (as a person going to the conference) really want to attend and what are the benefits from that
– involve whole company (53 ppl) into advising process
– being genuinely interested in where other people from the company are going and what I can learn from them afterwards
If you have any other questions just reach out to us
Steffen: Hi Kasia! Thanks so much for the detailed answer. Sounds just exactly like the kind of self-governing process I could imagine working for us as well. Thanks for sharing!
Kasia: Good luck! Let us know how it went.
The above conversation is exactly why we have opened up the Slack community to Corporate Rebels from around the world. When asked if they were okay with us sharing their conversation in a blog post, Steffen’s response was a strong appreciation of the community:'This exchange is very, very valuable.'Click To Tweet
“Actually this quick help led me to invite our office architect and one of our Agile coaches into your community. I completely agree with you that this exchange is very, very valuable. Often our biggest problem is to find a company which is trying to do things different than the norm.”
The Slack community is growing rapidly
Steffen and Kasia are not the only ones in the community. In fact, the Slack community is growing rapidly since we opened it up in December 2016.
As you can see in graph below, more than 100 fellow rebels are joining the community every single month and at this moment the community consist of 838 fellow rebels from around the world.The Corporate Rebels Slack community is a tool to tap into the wisdom of the crowd.Click To Tweet
These are people with all kinds of job-titles and from all kinds of organizations. Among them are also some of our Bucket List heroes. Join the Slack community, get in touch with all these rebels and start a revolution in your own organization.