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Evan Wondolowski
Friday, July 21, 2017
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We recently had an exciting opportunity to digitally scribe (or as we like to say “SuperScribe”) in front of 1,400 people at Matthews Arena in Boston. The event was City Year’s Summer Academy, a unique chance for their entire team together three days of education, insipiration, and team building.City Year is a unique organization doing important work supporting students in at-risk schools. Here’s their mission:At City Year, we partner with the most at-risk schools to help bridge the gap... More
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Tricia Walker
Monday, July 17, 2017
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I recently returned from the International Forum of Visual Practitioners’ 22nd Annual Conference, where I had the opportunity to once again be a part of an immersive experience with other artists/visual practitioners. Taking this time out of my daily work has proven to be a source of inspiration and motivation. It’s a reminder to look up and look around- get out of the my day-to-day routines, and see what else is going on in the world with regards to this very special field of work -... More
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Mason Smith
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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If you haven’t hung out under an overpass with Design Museum Foundation lately, you’re missing out. Design Museum Foundation is a nomadic museum that believes that design has the power to make cities and people better. So where better to put their mission to work than one of the most forgotten places in Boston?The loud, steady blast of cars whooshing past and driving pylons set the pace of Design Museum Foundation’s three-day Urban Innovation Festival last weekend under the I-93... More
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Tricia Walker
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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There are elements that are somewhat universal to corporate conferences: catered meals, name badges (often with additional flair such as buttons, ribbons, stickers or flashy lanyards), keynote speakers, PowerPoint, and goody bags.The best conferences include scribes, who are also sometimes referred to as graphic recorders or graphic facilitators. Scribes are the ones that are either situated on stage near the presenter, off to the side of the stage, or somewhere along the side of the... More
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Annie White
Thursday, May 26, 2016
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My colleague Cricket and I really enjoyed attending the HOW Design Live conference in Atlanta last week.Cricket and I are both very versatile in our creative roles and work. In addition to designing and facilitating CN events and conferences, we are graphic facilitators, art directors, and presentation designers. So it was through all of those lenses that we were able to experience the simple joy (and—at times—the angst) of being a conference attendee.We saw HOW as an opportunity for us... More
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Mason Smith and Gordon Eby
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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Today is a gamechanger for our friends and clients in financial services here in the U.S. The Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited final fiduciary rule. The DOL Fiduciary Rule has deep, wide ranging implications for firms and advisors who provide retirement advice. Are you prepared to navigate the resulting changes for your organization? At Collective Next, we are proactively developing strategies for turning the DOL Rule into a competitive advantage by engaging and... More
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Kathy Clemons
Monday, March 14, 2016
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I have been pretty obsessed with the music of Hamilton for several months, so I pretty much flipped out when the cast performed musical selections from their Broadway show for President Obama, the First Lady, and a small audience today. You can see the President’s introduction and an amazing few minutes of their performance here. Michelle Obama’s tweet summed up my emotional state after seeing the show a few weeks back: The world will never be the same.I gushed about Hamilton on this... More
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Kathy Clemons
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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I might just keel over from the excitement. I have tickets to see the blockbuster musical Hamilton this week. “But, Kathy, what does this have to do with collaboration or facilitation?” Stay with me here…First, in case you haven’t seen James Corden and Rosie O’Donnell rapping the opening number, or Charlie Rose interviewing the creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on 60 Minutes, or the #Ham4Ham videos all over social media, or heard about how the ticket lottery (you can enter to win a $10... More
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Geoff Amidei
Monday, February 1, 2016
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The person or persons who write the Schumpeter column over at The Economist really seem to have it in for collaboration. Last week, in a piece ominously titled The Collaboration Curse, they took a pretty clumsy, thousand-word swipe at what they call “the fashion for making employees collaborate.”Now, I acknowledge that over the last decade or two the idea of collaboration has received a lot of attention, and been touted by many as a better way to get things done. Eventually, the concept... More
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Gordon Eby
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Facilitating a breakout group - or small group dialogue/work session - is an awesome opportunity. A productive breakout session can help develop creative ideas and a clear path forward. If successful, the experience can get participants engaged in and aligned around the right outcomes. It’s also a great opportunity for the facilitator to exhibit their leadership skills and impress their managers and colleagues.Breakout facilitation is one of my superpowers. I realize it may not sound as... More

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