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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...
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Kathy Clemons
Monday, August 10, 2015
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I can only imagine what the hotel guests thought when they heard 40 people pounding on drums at 8:30 on a recent Thursday morning.The Drum Café, a group of world class musicians from around the globe, kicked off our session with a bang. Each participant was given their own drum to beat and the Drum Café team guided the group through a jam session.While there’s something inherently joyful about making such a racket early in the morning, there were a number of lessons...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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Jimmy Guterman
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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(Our blog is usually a place where we at Collective Next share what we've learned in our work. We occasionally invite "friends of the family" to report and opine, too. You can see some other recent examples here and here and here and here.)One of our favorite moments at TED 2012 was when Lior Zoref asked us in the audience to guess the weight of an ox he had brought onstage at the Long Beach Convention Center. It was a stunt, but...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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