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Knowledge Boards Jump-Start Your Team’s Conversation

What if there was a tool that organized ideas as well as Pinterest organizes images? That generated conversation better than Slack? That got minds churning and people talking; making a point, telling a story, conveying beliefs or verbalizing best practices?

It’s called Feedly’s Knowledge Boards.

Feedly Knowledge Boards

What Are Knowledge Boards

Think of Knowledge Boards as Pinterest for ideas. While Pinterest is great for visually displaying design concepts or end products, it stops short at challenging the viewer to jump into the discussion.

Knowledge Boards, on the other hand, get users talking. They’re a starting point, an ice breaker that begins a conversation. Slack is wonderful, but you need to give people something to talk about. Knowledge Boards are a great way to focus a discussion, and your boards can be connected to Slack so your users receive an alert whenever there is new content on the knowledge board, or opt for an email digest.

How It Works

Tackle your favourite RSS feeds as normal, highlighting passages in articles that resonate with you. For instance, what if you want to generate conversation with your team about keeping motivated on a long project?

Perhaps you stumbled across Lifehacker’s recent article about telling yourself yes. Highlight the main point of the article for your group:

It’s not your job to tell yourself no. It’s not your job to deny yourself opportunities. It’s not your job to prevent your own progress. There are enough people in the world who will do those things for you.

Your job is to embrace rather than ignore. Your job is to pursue rather than prevent. Your job is to tell yourself “yes” instead of “no.”

That’s your job.

Or perhaps you want to refrain from highlighting to discover which parts of the article resonate the most with your group. Either way, navigate to the top of the Feedly entry and look for the document icon in the top left corner:

Feedly Knowledge Boards

This will open a pop-up window where you can name your knowledge board — for instance, Motivation — and save the article.

Feedly Knowledge Boards

Keep reading and saving articles to your Motivation board. Now the real fun begins…

How to Use Your Knowledge Boards

Knowledge Boards are like sitting down to a mental feast. Start a conversation with your team by directing them towards thought-provoking articles. Ask them to read the content and add their own helpful finds to the collective board. Schedule a time to jump-start a Slack conversation about the content, asking everyone to weigh in with their opinion, or use the board to dive into new ideas during a face-to-face meeting.

The boards are a space where people can gather and share their thoughts. Think of them as the online equivalent of the French salon, and just like that face-to-face tool of the Enlightenment, Knowledge Boards are going to revolutionize the way you think about content on the Internet.

Who Should Use Knowledge Boards?

Knowledge Boards are for… everyone, though they’re specifically helpful for groups that are excited by ideas and want to push their teams to grow and think outside the status quo. Journalists, teachers, creative thinkers, marketers, inventors, and researchers will all find Feedly’s Knowledge Boards a valuable tool for organizing ideas, generating conversation, and strengthening community by sharing common thoughts.

Tell us how you’re using Knowledge Boards to jump-start conversation with your team.

(c) 2006 Melissa S. Ford
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