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Nick Selby
Thursday, August 13, 2015
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It’s time to say good bye to our fabulous summer intern, Nick Selby, who studies Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Nick brought good humor, smarts, solid design chops and fancy Four Square footwork. We wish him great success in his senior year and beyond. Here are NIck’s reflections on his all-to-brief stint with us, in his own words. The illustration above is his, too!Summer is almost a memory and so is my internship at Collective Next. When I started back in... More
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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We set out months ago to design a website that was fresh, easy to navigate, and “more like us” - and we are thrilled with the results. So take a spin! Check out our new look, our ever-distinctive approach, and our finest treasure, our crazy-talented (and richly idiosyncratic) team. You’ll find our unique contributions to fine lexicon of collaboration on our Team page, such as “malternative” and paræmiographer. You’re welcome!Our deep gratitude goes out to our creative collaborators at... More
Jimmy Guterman
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.)Chuck Berry is one of the finest rock’n’roll songwriters ever. Here’s how one of his worst songs inspired a classic.A while back, I accidentally friended on Facebook Bill Wyman, the former bass player for the Rolling Stones, instead of Bill Wyman, the rock critic, the person I meant to connect with. Didn’t seem like good karma to unfriend the guy who played bass on... More
Jimmy Guterman
Thursday, July 9, 2015
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We’re running a series of posts highlighting what inspires us here at Collective Next. It’s been a fun way to share the diversity of our team – as well as what we all have in common. We hope you’re enjoying reading them as much as we’re enjoying producing them.We’ve received a few requests to list all the posts in one place. We’ll do that here, in the order that we published them. We’ll update this page as we offer up new posts.Great Inspirations (Or, How Your Wallpaper Can Inspire)... More
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John Colaruotolo
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) There’s a new recording out of a famous 20th century music composition, Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, a piece that inspires me deeply.The first time I listened to Music for 18 Musicians was when I was an undergrad. It changed my life. It changed a lot of lives. It was a revolutionary piece. I first heard it in a record shop. The zigzag cover got my... More
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Kate Dwyer
Friday, June 26, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.)With the anniversary of my mom’s death, her birthday, and Mother’s Day all neatly stacked in a row, I’ve always found late spring a difficult time of year. While spring represents newness and hope, for me, it’s mostly a time for reflection. Memories of my mom come flooding back: packed school lunches in hand-drawn brown bags, elaborately crafted, prize-winning... More
Jimmy Guterman
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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Recently on this blog, we’ve celebrated the expansion of our Collective Next Cards into ebook form. One of my favorite cards is Dave Rutley’s observation that Everything Speaks, that all details matter. As Dave puts it, “We believe that creating an intensely intentional environment and human experience helps ensure that decisions and designs are as thoughtful as possible.”This particular lesson came to mind when I unsubscribed from an email list yesterday. A few months back, one of our... More
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Erin King
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) My dad is visiting, which seems appropriate since I’ve been assigned to write about inspiration. From the minute he arrived, we have been generally kicking ass at getting lots of stuff done while having fun. He is the sort of person who is willing to just dive in and do stuff. He may not always know whether he can do it, but he will try, possibly mess up, redirect... More
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Matt Saiia
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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A number of people who read my recent post on Creating Meaningful Change via Punk Rock have shared with me the announcement that Virgin Money is releasing a Sex Pistols-themed credit card. Some of the people are passing that along with notes that this is the end of an era or a betrayal or something; this Huffington Post headline summarizes that conventional wisdom well.They’re all wrong. Punk was never a pure thing exempt from commercial concerns. Johnny Rotten, Malcolm McLaren, and... More
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Kelly Nealon
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) I read recently that we spend our lives trying to recreate the places where we were happiest growing up. If my house were evidence, then that statement is true. I grew up on Cape Cod back when few lived there year-round. The winters were tough – most places were closed in the off-season – but for those of us who soldiered through the bleak winters, the carefree... More

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