Lately, there has been a strange convergence in my work life. I find myself going to a series of three standing meetings. This, in and of itself, is not at all strange. The longer I work for Cornell, the more meetings I seem to attend. (Back in 1993, my meeting count per week averaged ZERO. Now it’s typically in the lower double-digits.)
But, these meetings are oddly similar to one another.
One to talk about re-vamping internal communications at Cornell through some sort of revisions/re-working of CUInfo.
One to talk about Uportal as a tool and assess whether or not it is the BEST tool for Cornell.
And one to talk about building community at Cornell through the use of internal communications.
Despite the fact that these meetings are in different locations and contain a small cast of rotating players, I find myself starting to realize that I’m having the same conversation three times a week. Or, rather, pieces of the same conversation. Because, while there is an eerie sort of synergy going on with this, they’re not quite all the same meeting.
Still. Close enough for government work.
So lots of smart people are gathering and talking (and talking)(and talking) about internal communications at Cornell and I’m wondering what Cornellians think about the issue.
What are YOUR internal communications needs, anyway?
Here are some questions to get you thinking:
Do you want to be able to talk to other Cornellians (and by “Cornellians”, I mean other people with connections to Cornell, be they staff or students, or faculty–ignoring Alumni, for the moment) about things? [By "talk to", I mean something along the lines of community building--whether that comes in the form of a website, some sort of "social networking tool", or a series of online bulletin boards on given topics (Ezra's List?)....or something else entirely. Think...casual.]
Do you want information from ThePowersThatBe (translation: Senior Administration) about things like the Campaign, the items currently found in Safety Zone on CUInfo, HR matters, etc?
Do you want ONE place to do your business (the things you have to use Uportal for) AND your pleasure AND get your words from on high? Or is it best to separate these sort of things?
Chew, ruminate, digest, and get back to me?
Just…no regurgitation, please.