Once again, CN partnered with TEDGlobal to "bring together those who venture to change our perspective, who ask different questions, illuminate old problems with a new light in order to find better answers, cope with ambiguity, detect the weak signals pointing to a different future, and challenge us to pause for an instant, and Think Again." Check out the pics and links below to get an feel for the "Ideas Worth Spreading" in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Transcribe serves many purposes here at CN. It is a means of practicing what we preach, a time to come together, a place to move our ideas forward, and every now and then, an excuse to just celebrate. Today we celebrated CN's long time close family friend Jimmy Guterman officially becoming a member of our family and our scribe sorceress Tricia Walker's birthday!
Our latest whiteboard video, featuring the live scribing of our own Tricia Walker, has been released and is spreading like wild fire! Check it out below! Also, catch a sneak peek behind the scenes as Tricia and the production team at Northeastern create the video!
I was recently helping a colleague think through a collaborative workshop design and was introduced to the idea of the six-word memoir. According to SMITH Magazine, Earnest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. His response was: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Brilliant.
My colleague Kristen proposed to use a six-word story activity as a way of establishing a current state snapshot as to where an organization is in an initiative.
While perusing LinkedIn Today, we were intrigued by a notion posited by none other than Reid Hoffman, Cofounder and Chairman of LinkedIn. In the executive summary of his presentation “The Start-Up of You”, Hoffman encourages people to adopt a mindset of “permanent beta.” We were both drawn to this concept like moths to a flame, and curiously repelled.
Did you happen to watch the Republican Response to the State of the Union this past Tuesday? Would you believe that there is an instructive lesson for practitioners of applied collaboration to be gleaned from that now slightly ill-famed speech? No, really. There is.
We have a very eclectic mix of people at Collective Next, each with their own passions and strengths. It is this diversity organized by a shared passion for helping people and organizations flourish that enables us to continuously strive to innovate and effectively harness the power of the collective. One of these individuals is Hamilton Ray, who has a passion for reading and promoting continuous learning. He is always curious to hear about the latest book you are reading and able to suggest a good book if you are not reading one.
One of the recent Inauguration events (Beyoncé using a pre-recorded track while performing the national anthem) spurred a discussion on the concept of preparedness versus on-the-fly improvisation. In the midst of this discussion, we recalled Les Vygotsky's "Zone of Proximal Development," a widely used model by educators which refers to the point where one can effectively stretch his abilities and increase his capabilities.
In December, CN supported TEDxKids and TEDxSMU in sunny Dallas, TX. It was great weekend as lots of speakers who have been on the main TED stage came to Dallas to spread their ideas centered on this year's tagline: "re:THiNK." On Friday November 30, over 500 middle school kids had the opportunity to attend a 1/2 day TEDx event, listen to talks tailored for their age group, and experience all of the sponsor exhibits.