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Gordon Eby
Monday, October 12, 2015
Insights
Okay, I'll say it: The philanthropic community often lags when it comes to innovation. So much of today’s technology and resources are focused on increasing efficiency and generating revenue, which leaves charities, non-profit organizations, and charitable foundations behind. There is, however, a movement to correct this discrepancy powered by organizations like Fidelity Charitable, and an increasing number of philanthropic entrepreneurs.In September, Fidelity...
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Bree Sanchez
Thursday, October 8, 2015
We Made This
Our current series on the Aesthetics of Change is sparking new ways of thinking and talking about the power of art to transform us on an individual and collective level. In our Boston office, several Collective Nexters sat down with podcast producer Katherine Gorman to discuss works of art that have had a lasting impact on them personally. In the short "voice postcard" featured below, Renee Piazza, Hamilton Ray, and Erin King talk about site-specific sculpture,...
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Hamilton Ray
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Ways of Working
There is an old adage (supported with compelling research) that acquiring new customers is exponentially harder than retaining existing ones. Our clients are in constant pursuit of that “Golden Customer” — the one who champions your cause, who tells you what you want to hear AND what you don’t want to hear, and who transitions with you from a disparate set of give-and-take transactions to an ongoing, mutually fulfilling relationship.
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Bree Sanchez
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Insights
I recently received this note from a friend:Help. I am organizing my company’s annual Fall off-site meeting. It’s a 2-day gig. First day we’re driving there and doing a volunteer project. Second day we’re going on a 3-hour safari [don’t ask, it’s California] and then meeting for 4 hours in the afternoon. What should we do with our meeting time? Your thoughts appreciated. PS: Should we do team building?I happen to know an entire tribe of people who are just as...
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Rachael Maggiani
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Insights
It’s 7:15am and my Green Line train is screeching towards Packard’s Corner in Allston. I ring the bell for my stop and hop off the train into the already warm morning air, coffee in hand. As I walk up to my destination, I can hear the sound of a room full of girls talking, yelling, and making new friends. I see the volunteers running around like crazy, and happy to be doing it. By mid-afternoon, I am in charge of a band full of girls. They’re playing multiple...
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Kathy Clemons
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Ways of Working
In the past 2-20,000 years, the power of storytelling and its value as a strategic tool has been widely acknowledged. Storytelling, in one form or another, is a vital part of our work. Lately we have been hearing from clients that they want use narrative as a way to understand their business and reach audiences, but they simply don’t know how to begin.
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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When you watch Google’s exciting new logo announcement, what grabs you?A major evolutionary leap for one of the world’s biggest brands? Yes, but that's not all. For me, the biggest reveal is the little hand, elegantly telling their story – it’s simply brilliant. Visual communicators, graphic facilitators, scribes, and illustrators should be taking note.We have seen and employed the hand quite a bit in the past few years in whiteboard movies, or what we at Collective...
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Kathy Clemons
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Insights
I admit it, I’m obsessed with HGTV. And I know I’m not the only one.As I binge-watch episodes of Love It or List It, Flip or Flop, The Property Brothers and Fixer Upper, I am struck with the extraordinary parallels to our work facilitating organizational change.A new design is useless if you don’t fix the underlying problems. Now granted, I’m under the influence of my incredibly tidy wife, but the crazy clutter and lack of organization endemic to the “before”...
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Ways of Working
A friend of mine, who is an environmental chemist and not graphically inclined, recently decided to up his game using visuals at work. This self-proclaimed “left-brainer” has been reading up on visual thinking and visual group process – a few of our favorite topics! With that in mind, he inquired about tactical tricks for working visually. Here are a few scribe hacks for visual communicators and collaborators:#1 Make your own marker palette – it’s easy!I make and...
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Mason Smith
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Insights
The recent journey of the New Horizons probe to Pluto and release of the movie Interstellar have reinvigorated my excitement in the awe-inspiring field of physics. Physics strikes me as a field that directly welcomes the challenge of the unknowable, seeks it out, and attempts to make sense of it.  Where better to search for ways to push our clients and ourselves to imagine what we have not yet dared to imagine than physics, where "what if" is the most rote...
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