Good Works in the Workplace #TChat Recap

“If you can connect people, you can create the future.”
– Scott Heiferman, CEO Meetup

Thanks to the wonder of technology, network access continues to grow at an astounding pace around the world. According to Internet World Stats, 34% of the world’s 7 billion people are already online. And not surprisingly, North America leads the way, with 79% usage.

Making Connections Count

But there’s a more important challenge, here. It’s not just about counting connections. It’s about making those connections count. That led TalentCulture to ask a more specific question:

How can we leverage “always on” workplace connectivity to also do good works?

In response, some of the smartest and most passionate “world of work” advocates I know gathered on #TChat Twitter to talk about how social business initiatives can make a difference for those in need — locally and globally.

It reminded me of another event that happened last fall, where some of the planet’s smartest and most passionate philanthropy advocates gathered in New York City at the Mashable Social Good Summit. That’s where Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman, offered his quote about the power of connections in creating the future.

Two Think Tanks — One Vision

These two venues may be different — the participants may be different — and their overall reach and influence may be different. But the ideas and energy that were flowing last night on the #TChat stream were just as compelling as the vibe at the Mashable event.

To see what I mean, check this week’s archives, and get inspired to connect!

#TChat Week-in-Review

Two experts led us through this week’s conversation:

  • Jure Klepic, a digital marketing strategist and commentator focused on in social media innovation in consumer business environments;
  • Marion Mariathasan, CEO at a social network for that integrates giving into daily activities.
Jure Klepic - Google+ Hangout Video - #TChat Sneak Peek  interview with TalentCulture Community Manager, Tim McDonald

Watch the Sneak Peek video with Jure Klepic

#TChat Preview:  Our community manager, Tim McDonald, outlined the week’s topic and key questions in the #TChat Preview post: “Social Business and Social Good”

Sneak Peek VideosTim also conducted brief video interviews with our guests:

MON 4/22 TalentCulture CEO, Meghan M. Biro, in her post: “3 Global Leadership Lessons From Boston.”

Meghan on Monday: Separately, Meghan shared a more intimate view of her connection with Boston in  “Lessons in Community From My Hometown.”

TUE 4/23


Listen to the radio show recording

#TChat Radio  Our hosts Kevin and Meghan talked with Jure and Marion about how social media can do a better job of connecting the “world of work” with the world’s charitable organizations.

WED 4/24

#TChat Twitter  Hundreds of talent-minded people joined our open, online Twitter forum to exchange ideas in real-time. Watch highlights from the hour in the Storify slideshow below:

#TChat Twitter Highlights Slideshow: “Social Business and Social Good”

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Closing Notes & What’s Ahead

SPECIAL THANKS: Again, thanks to Marion Mariathasan and Jure Klepic for contributing to this week’s conversation. You brought depth and perspective that challenged our community to think more creatively about how we can weave “social good” objectives and behaviors into daily worklife.

NOTE TO BLOGGERS: Did this week’s events prompt you to write about “Social Business and Social Good” or related issues? We’re happy to share your thoughts. Just post a link on Twitter (include #TChat or @TalentCulture), or insert a comment below, and we’ll pass it along.

WHAT’S AHEAD: Next week, we’ll be looking into HR technology’s role in creating tomorrow’s workforce, as Meghan and Kevin go on the road at the HRO Today Forum. Stay tuned for “sneak peek” videos and a preview post on Monday!

Until then, as always, the World of Work conversation continues each day. So join us on the #TChat Twitter stream, or on our new LinkedIn discussion group. And feel free to explore other areas of our redesigned blog/community website. The lights are always on at TalentCulture, and your ideas and opinions are always welcome.

We’ll see you on the stream!

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Lessons in Community From My Hometown

I’m so proud to be from Boston. The events of the past week have reminded me just how special this community is.

Last Monday, some despicable, destructive acts suddenly thrust Boston to the front of the global stage. But as each hour has unfolded since, I’ve been heartened to see the power of unity, love and generosity that shines through the people of this great city.

Common Bond

Only moments after Monday’s bomb attacks, we saw people rushing through the chaos to help — ignoring the risk to their own safety. Propelled by their humanity and their commitment to others, individuals from all walks of life stepped outside of their normal boundaries to rise above and beyond all expectations. We saw public servants display genuine leadership. And our city came together as one to preserve and protect what is near and dear to us. The good people won.


Read the post now…

Fortunately, this kind of response isn’t unique to Boston. We’ve all seen our share of cities rally through tragedy, man-made and otherwise. So I recognize that this is part of the human condition — this desire that drives us to persevere and to prevail, together.

A Takeaway for Organizations

Of course, as a community leader of a different type, I naturally think about how events like this should translate into “world of work” lessons. Here are the big questions weighing on my mind:

In everyday circumstances, how can organizations find the unity of purpose they need to gain and sustain strength? And what role should a strong business play in helping others in their community — for the benefit of all?

Social media and global networks can make a huge difference in connecting the workplace with the community at-large. But truly, it starts with leaders who believe that supporting a broader agenda is their organization’s responsibility.

To look more closely at this topic, read my column:

3 Global Leadership Lessons from Boston.

P.S. Are you interested in exploring the intersection of “Social Business and Social Good“? Please join us at TalentCulture community forums this week. We’ll be talking with Marion Mariathasan, the founder and CEO of, a company that is dedicated to integrating giving into workplace. Mariathasan is a man with a mission, and an innovative approach to making a difference. I can’t wait to hear all about it — and to hear your thoughts about this important workplace topic!

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The Grinch & The World of Work: #TChat Preview

The holidays have us fired up here at the TalentCulture World of Work Community. And that means we’re tapping into some high-powered friends – social business leaders at Mashable and HuffingtonPost/AOL for a super-spirited #TChat Radio program this Tuesday – followed by a dynamic #TChat Twitter convo on Wednesday. (See questions and other details at the end of this post.)

What’s the dust-up about? Well, we’re venturing into territory that lives on the edge of political correctness – a sensitive area for some. But workplace culture has implications for an organization’s contribution to the greater good. So in the interest of understanding the important relationship between corporate culture, community engagement and responsible leadership, we’re exploring holiday traditions, social behaviors, and business goals.

Consider this. I visited a friend’s workplace recently. It’s a really awesome space — open and airy, very hip — all mod cons, as they say. And it was oh-so-politically correct — green, Leeds-certified, the whole nine yards. That’s all OK, but here’s where it gets weird: Everyone is accepting and open, right? Culturally aware, they’re friendly and respectful. However, they’re so very culturally aware that holiday displays are strictly forbidden — no lights, no plants, nothing that might upset someone who’s not a fan of lights and plants in a holiday context. No expressions of wonder, affection or hope represented in association with (insert your favorite holiday here).

Click here for details about #TChat Radio this Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 7:30pmET

Click here to learn more about #TChat Radio with community leaders from Mashable and The Huffington Post

We’re not being political or religious. We’re just putting it out there: What if we said, “Enough, already!” with intolerance in the name of political correctness? What would happen? Would heads spin? Would the earth stop spinning? Would it really be that bad?

In the fearless tradition of #TChat, we’re taking this on. We’re setting up for an open, honest and spirited discussion that’s timely. Here’s the primary challenge:

Can we acknowledge holidays in the work setting any more, or has that ship sailed on the tide of progressiveness and political correctness?

Against this backdrop, we’re going to look at how organizations can show gratitude and thanks all year long, not just in…oh, all right, we’ll call them “holiday greetings.” For this week’s questions, we have our flameproof, thermal long johns at the ready, and so should you. Bring your passion and let’s talk – both on #TChat Radio (Tuesday night at 7:30-8:00pm ET) and then on the #TChat twitter stream (Wednesday at 7:00-8:00pm ET).

#TChat Discussion Guide – The Season of Sharing

Q1: Devil’s advocate: Does it even matter to stakeholders for an org to express the season’s sharing spirit? Why?

Q2: Where do orgs fall short in projecting an image of doing social good – during the season or at any time?

Q3: What can leaders do year ‘round to give credibility to end-of-year, seasonal shows of social good & sharing?

Q4: What are some traditional vs. new, innovative ways for orgs to express gratitude? What’s a good mix?

Q5: How is technology helping orgs to express gratitude? What are the pros and cons?

Don’t Miss The Discussion! Detail Here…

Bring on your inner Scrooge or heartfelt George Bailey!

First, tune into #TChat Radio, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30-8:00pm ET / 4:30pm PT, when we tackle the topic of holiday correctness with guests Meghan Peters, community manager from Mashable, and Brian Sirgutz, senior vice president of social impact at The Huffington Post/AOL.

Then join us for a free-wheeling open forum on Twitter: #TChat– Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7-8pm ET / 4-5pm PT. We look forward to your thoughts and reactions. No fear here, just an interest in learning and sharing, in the spirit of the season! See you Tuesday and Wednesday…!

Image Credit: Mister Grinch