"There's no such thing as a social media strategy, only a good business strategy that is aware of networks"
Carl Spies is seasoned social business strategist, a complex multidisciplinary approach emerging from social online networks that seek to help leading brands extract real value from social media/network trends and technologies to engage customers beyond the corporate firewall, and mine social capital behind it.
He has spent the last six years establishing himself as a thought leader in systems thinking and social business design while working with clients ranging from Standard Bank, Vodacom and South African Breweries to eBucks, Microsoft and Samsung.
Carl is recognised as an accomplished provocative facilitator and technical consultant having advised many organisations in South and West Africa, coordinated top-level community events and addressed national and international groups on a wide range of critical social business topics. He is well a seasoned design thinker with broad insights at the intersections of social science, online community development and value innovation using proven network effects.
ABSA - A shared services strategy network which refined and cascaded department strategies online.
FNB - Learner management system for the Institute of Extreme Customer Service.
Hollard Insurance - Hollardtopia - Social Intranet
Kelly Personnel - Social Intranet
Microsoft - Ideation Platform to crowd-source ideas from the community.
RMB - Internal platform to query and collaborate on scaling the internal culture after rapid expansion.
SAB - Learning collaboration platform.
Standard Bank - Blue Connection - the core social intranet (including gaming elements to increase adoption).
Telesure - Let's Connect pilots platforms.
(and external social community platforms for :Converse, Toyota, eBucks and Samsung)
Social Software: Acquia Commons (Drupal)
Microcontent: SocialCast, Twitter, Yammer
Social Networks: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, SocialText
Media: Flickr, Youtube, Last.fm, GetGlue
2. Knowledge and Skills
Relevant Models he is trained in:
SCRUM: Agile Product Development + Project Management
Cognitive Edge: Complex Adaptive Social Systems - Sensemaking using Cynefin.
User Experience Design - Flow Interactive.
NeuroSematnics - linguistic and cognitive models of user experience.
LAB - language and behaviour profiling (to develop archetypes from the network members).
VizThink - Dave GrayCynefin - Dave Snowden - Complex Adaptive Systems - Sensemaking
Biomatrix - Organisational Change using network effects and systems-thinking.
StrateX - designing execution strategies and developing channels to cascade them throughout the workforce.
Spiral Economics - a model based on the Claire Graves research - exploring the dynamics of value creation from individuals to the entire stakeholder ecosystem.
Training Courses Developed:
IXCS 3 Day Intensive - WesBank - Customer Service
A 3 Day MBA in Social Business (for Terrapin) - covering B2B, B2C social network concepts and tools.
3. Services Offered
Rapid Prototyping of Social Networks - with rapid feedback and agile metrics.
Workscapes - performance support social networks (incorporating informal learning)
User Experience Mapping - Designing network elements to fit staff profiles.
Lunch 'n Learn Sessions - from frontline to C-suite level audiences - succint explorations of current social business elements e.g. #SoMoLo
Intrapreneur Sessions - designed to build capacity with internal teams to rapidly identify, design and test social network initiatives.
Mari Eagar hired Carl as a Social Collaboration Strategy Consultant in 2010/11:
"Carl Spies combines strategic thinking with design thinking to create a unique approach in social business design. He implements strategic initiatives using a people centric and collaborative approach, which ensures successful change in peopleâ€™s behavior to support the implementation thereof. Carlâ€™s work is based on deep research of theory as well as significant experience in social technologies, therefore making his solutions robust, credible and implementable.
An example of his strategic contributions and social design thinking skills can be seen with the openaxyz method and toolset where Carl contributed to the original conceptual design which was focused on the application of design thinking in the strategy domain. He also visualised and developed architecture foundations in openaxyz such as the social group module and the visualisation features, making the product unique in the market place. He is able to move other peopleâ€™s ideas into unique, differentiating insights and innovation."
-Mari Eagar CA - M Phil Leadership (cum laude) and Member of the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business.
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You will learn how to develop a module step by step. You'll learn how to navigate the extensive documentation available and determine where you can hook into the system and add your new functionality. You will also learn about developer workflow and maintaining your site.
By the end of the training you will be able to:
Understand Drupal's hook system and development architecture
Insert and extract data using Drupal's core database abstraction layer.
Responsibly modify contributed modules using patches
Employ and articulate best practices, security techniques, conventions and coding standards
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Information may change without notice.
Prior experience with programming or a web application framework are assumed.
PHP, HTML and CSS assumed.
Course Outline / Curriculum
Welcome to Module Building
How to Build Module Scaffolding
How Hooks Work and How to Use Them
Overview of Coding Standards
Development Tips and Tricks
How to Build and Manipulate Forms with the Form API
How to Add and Manipulate Pages With the Menu System
How to Add to and Manipulate the Theme Layer
How to Work With the Database
How to Work With Users
How to Work With Nodes
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