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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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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...
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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...
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Mason Smith
Monday, June 8, 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 get excited sometimes. Okay, I get really excited about a lot of things. But, what inspires me the most is being part of a team. I’m talking about Voltron or Ocean’s Eleven types of teams. These are teams in which people bring together their unique mastery to do something that has never been done before to achieve a common goal they...
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Brett Saiia
Friday, June 5, 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.) The unexpected inspires me. When I walk somewhere, I look to take a different path home. When I’m working on a project here at Collective Next, I'm setting up boundaries, but I’m forcing accidents to happen. I'm pushing enough so things do happen. We're going for it, pushing ourselves to go a little beyond, into the unknown....
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Rachael Maggiani
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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When you were a kid, did you want to be a pirate when you grew up? Well, you can be. Sort of.You can learn a lot from the Golden Age of Piracy (think: Captain Morgan, Mary Reed, Blackbeard). I took a course on the history of piracy in college, and let me tell you a (shortened) story that made me fall in love with learning about it: Anne Bonny and Mary Read were English women who dressed like men and eventually came to be part of Captain Jack Rackham’s crew. They...
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Kristen Bailey
Monday, June 1, 2015
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 The big consultancy McKinsey has purchased Lunar, a respected design firm. Design has become a necessary skill inside organizations and McKinsey’s move emphasizes the value and importance of integrating design into products and services. You can't get by on good ideas that are presented to the customer in a clunky fashion. You need elegance, simplicity, and empathy. How do you really get employees to engage with design in a way that has meaningful...
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