Community & Collaboration

As the Latin roots com and laborare suggest, Collaboration means to work together. Collaboration is not just about results; it’s very much about the process too. In this day and age, it has become more associated with innovative interactive process with a shared purpose. It’s definitely a sure way to explore our differences and search for solutions that go beyond our own limited vision of what is possible.

How do we build communities without working together? How do we effectively build teams whether for social change or to advance research, technology, and scholarship without harnessing resources for the good of humanity?

My personal journey through the years has taught me one thing. There is a limit to what one can do as an individual. There is more that can be accomplished when people decide to get together and work collaboratively. Distance is no longer a barrier to meeting. If we had any reservations about that, events from the past year and a half have changed our perspective. I have enjoyed many live collaboration sessions on YourKnow, the number one platform for working in a virtual group setting with the aim to co-write and produce a document in real time.

You too can create a group and invite like-minded folks to join your online community. You too can write and publish to the YourKnow library for the good of all. You too can read from YourKnow’s rich depository of E-books and body of diverse literature. You too can make a difference!

Press Release

YourKnow Awarded US Patent 10,817,917 for Centralized Collaboration

PRESS RELEASE   May 1, 2021, Irvine CA       

The US Patent and Trademark Office issued US Patent 10,817,917 to YourKnow Inc. for Online Collaboration, Reading, Sharing, File Storage, and Publishing from a Centralized Workspace. The great news is that with YourKnow’s now patented social productivity platform, members can create a group, invite others, collaborate live, upload and share documents, and instantly publish content from a single Workspace.

The issued patent will safeguard YourKnow’s mission to promote accessible and easy-to-use collaboration tools to students, educators, researchers, writers, and all those who are passionate about sharing and learning.

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YourKnow is a collaborating, reading and sharing platform that allows you to:

Consume – read and access information that is relevant to your life

Collaborate – with the people, groups and interests that matter to you

Create – writings, opinions and publications that are truly yours

Share – your personal works and thoughts with others

Discover – new ideas, cultures and perspectives…and share yours

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Thriving In The Workplace

Life during this ongoing pandemic has taught us a few lessons. What used to be exceptions have now become the norm. We are learning new ways of going about our normal business. Where possible, for life to continue unabated, we have transitioned some very important activities which hitherto were done in-person and in physical locations, to online platforms. The buzzwords of today are e-work, e-classroom, and remote.

No doubt, the relics of COVID-19 will continue to be part of our very existence long after an efficacious vaccine has been found and the corona virus has become history. In the workplace, the pandemic has created a demand for some specific skill sets. There is a strong likelihood that those skills will continue to feature prominently in future job descriptions.

Gwen Moran highlights six skills that employees will need to thrive in a post-pandemic workplace. Of particular importance for the purpose of this post, is the need for potential new hires to master the use of digital technologies and collaboration tools. Most organizations will continue to use hybrid models in their operations and the ability to adapt will be necessary.

In order to collaborate with a purpose to meet the needs of all manners of remote staff and work teams, YourKnow is the platform that delivers with a focus on a word as the end product. Now more than ever, employees would have to be better with their words. With more people working remotely, communication management is a must have. There is no better collaboration tool that equips groups to co-write in real time as well as sequentially in an efficient and effective way like YourKnow. The file permissions functionality built into the group feature allows Admins to have control over what gets shared and with whom. Just Me is yet another feature which is a user’s personal space to write and/or upload their reflections, meeting minutes, and notes which can be shared with group members if so desired. 

This is just one of many ways YourKnow is making it easy for you to use this platform. Visit YourKnow today and register to become a user for a better work life.

The Sharing Economy

We have been told that sharing is a relic of pre-modern societies. It’s the hallmark of communal, egalitarian systems where the mantra “sharing is caring” finds its truest expression and meaning. The Sharing Economy is now upon us. People and organizations are creating markets in sharing by facilitating exchanges. The Sharing Economy is destabilizing traditional businesses. Paz Gómez in a published article “How the Sharing Economy Liberates Us” posits that the collaborative economy makes good use of the communications technology we have in this 21st century to gain competitive advantage. This has been responsible for the respective success stories of Uber, Cabify, Airbnb, and many others.

YourKnow is the platform that responds to the spontaneity of the human spirit. It facilitates the cultivation of minds. It encourages the sharing of intellect. There is no feature accentuating sharing and real time collaboration more than YourKnow’s “passing the pen”. Group members can interactively work together and make edits in the same document in real time and pass the pen back and forth as each member makes edits or additions to the document.

As a registered user who is a member of a collaboration group, you can schedule a live online event with other group members. From the landing page, put your cursor on Collaborations and in the drop-down menu select Groups Membership. You will see all the groups that you belong. Choose a group and use the Events/Calendar tab to schedule and invite others. The invitees will then receive notification alerts.     

Adding an Event
Adding an Event

The organizer must start the event at the scheduled time and that will open the writing pad and a chatroom for instant messaging. The invitees can work together in the writing pad by passing the pen between or among them.

Writing Pad
Writing Pad

Sharing is just one of the many ways YourKnow is making it easy for you to use this platform in your daily life. Visit YourKnow today and register to become a user for life.

Civility and Collaboration

A couple of weeks ago (9/26/19), in the midst of all the impeachment inquiry, there was a Congressional committee hearing on opportunities for increased civility and collaboration in Congress. There is no argument over the fact that in every human institution and endeavor, collaboration between and among parties is key. We use collaboration to build trust, confidence, and influence.  In the Congressional hearing, George Mason University associate professor Jennifer Victor suggested that to fight polarization, the House can develop an internal Facebook-like platform to facilitate interactions.

Years ago, in graduate school, I learned something that has stayed with me since. People always talk about making compromises in life in order to forge ahead. When you compromise, both sides give up something in order to get most of what they want. However, when you collaborate, both sides only add to the final product making it a win-win for everyone involved.      

YourKnow was created to bring people together to collaborate, cultivate minds, and to share.  We have gone to great lengths to determine the ideal collaboration features necessary to facilitate healthy working groups.  It is this mix of features that allow for civility and collaboration during public discourse and a desire to build something greater together than could be built alone. As a registered user or publisher, you have the ability to create new groups that are either public or private depending on how you plan to collaborate.  From the landing page, click on the Collaborations menu item and then click on Create Group.  Once your new group is created, invite other users who share your passion.

Create a group
Create a Group

The other features within the Collaboration menu are:

  • Group Membership – shows a list of all the groups that you are currently a member
  • Search Groups – provides a full list of all created groups and there is a search tool to use
  • Group Rules are the rules of engagement for either private or public groups      

Collaboration is just one of the many ways YourKnow is making it easy for you to use this platform in your daily life.  Visit YourKnow today and register to become a user for life.