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John Colaruotolo
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
Video is ubiquitous, and gaining ever more momentum. A quick look at YouTube statistics paints a picture of how much video there is in the world today. When I’m presented with this type of media while on a plane, in a taxi, in an elevator – and yes, even in the bathroom of a fancy hotel – I often find myself thinking about how and why they were produced.
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Bree Sanchez
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
We spend a lot of time exploring collaboration, creativity, and the power of visual communication in our work, as well as on our blog and podcast. If those are the "software" tools of our world, then the physical tools can be thought of as the hardware. Which of these hardware items are most essential?
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Kathy Clemons
Monday, March 14, 2016
Insights
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.
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John Colaruotolo
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
Where do you start when you need to explain complicated subject matter? Most likely, you talk about it… a lot. And talk is good. We like talk. But there are other - sometimes better - ways to communicate complex ideas. In Episode 5 (listen above) of our podcast NibSqueak, released today, Bree describes how her seven year old daughter was able to understand the intricate rules of softball thanks to a simple sketch, and we discuss how you can extend this to the...
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
A "Single Frame" is a rich visual summary of information. We use Single Frames as both a facilitation tool and a communication tool, and they're the topic for Episode 4 of our podcast NibSqueak, released today. In this episode, Beyond PowerPoint (available below), John and I explore the Tufte-inspired notion that people are able (and willing/wanting) to take in a lot more information visually than is typically offered. We go on to extoll the many virtues of Single Frames.
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Kathy Clemons
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Insights
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...
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John Colaruotolo
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
I was recently in a meeting in our Boston office and noticed something that might seem peculiar in other workplaces. At one point, all five people in the meeting were standing up close to one of our IdeaPaint walls, marker in hand, sketching while they spoke. It was a totally spontaneous scribe-fest. No one had said, "Let's go try to draw our ideas!" No one had handed anyone else a marker and said, "Please capture what's being said."
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Geoff Amidei
Monday, February 1, 2016
Insights
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....
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Gordon Eby
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Insights
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.
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Gordon Eby
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Insights
Our team appreciates the importance of a good conversation and the power of stories to shape social action. Last week, we kicked off our new blog series, The Narrative Universe, in which we will explore the role of stories in individual and the collective behavior. We help our clients craft their stories and create forums for sharing them as effectively as possible. It’s work that we love to do.There is an amazing example of the power of creating a forum for...
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