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09/16/2011
David Rutley

You wanted to meeting to be live, but it just can’t happen that way. Now this critical collaboration between business partners must be brokered over a conference call. What can you do to ensure that this is the success that it has to be?

Node Model

Yes, your meeting will be hosted virtually, but that is not an excuse not to bring as many people together into the same room as you possibly can. If you are hosting a...

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09/09/2011
Geoff Amidei

As with most practitioners of the art and science of applied collaboration, we owe philosophical, intellectual, and methodological homage to many sources. One such source is MG Taylor Corporation, and one of their specific contributions to the canon came in the early 1980’s when they introduced a list of 14 axioms they used in their...

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08/26/2011
Mike LaRhette

Trolling a couple of good discussion boards on the discipline of Design Thinking, inevitably someone will ask the group: “Know any good books on design thinking?” The ensuing thread usually makes reference to some timeless classics as well as a good book that may have just been released. No self-promoting authors promoting their works, just recommendations from discussion group participants. The Design Thinking LinkedIn group, as well as the Design...

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06/28/2011
David Rutley

Over the past few months we’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of MBA students and test collaborative approaches in higher education. One of the concepts that we have been playing with is how to tie the important act of individual reflection in education with collaborative design and feedback.

This model demonstrates how collaboration in the reflective process can...

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01/20/2011
David Rutley

We have conversations all the time. But being a part of a conversation with multiple stakeholders is much more difficult than having a productive dialogue between two people. To successfully participate in a collaborative large group conversation and help everyone get the most out of the interaction, here are four simple principles you can follow.

1. Quiet the little voice in your mind
Yes, I just suggested that I...

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01/14/2011
Geoff Amidei

I don’t often find myself quoting David Brooks. When it comes to New York Times columnists, I find myself more in line with Paul Krugman and Frank Rich than with Mr. Brooks. But his column today resonated with me on a number of levels. First of all, I find it clear eyed and sensible. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, I think he nicely articulates a truth about...

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12/24/2010
Mike LaRhette

In the December 19thBoston Sunday Globe Carolyn Johnson profiles some recent work in the realm of collective intelligence.  As practitioners in the field of collaborative design this supports some of our fundamental beliefs about the creation, or co-creation, of work by leveraging the group’s collective intelligence more than any one  individual’s intelligence. 

A few nuggets:

The...

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12/17/2010
Geoff Amidei

Collaboration. Maybe you are one of the lucky few who, when you hear the word “collaboration,” flushes with pleasant memories of intellectual give and take, flashes of insight, spontaneous song, and creative sparks dancing, zipping and zinging from cranium to cranium (nearly visible to the naked collaborative eye) until they combine and explode into a starburst of instant beauty and lasting value.

But probably you’re not.

More likely you...

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11/19/2010
Hamilton Ray

In “Why Face to Face Meetings Matter,” Professor Richard D. Arvey cites numerous studies to make his case. While there is an obvious need to control costs in the face of almost constant meetings, there will always be situations where the effectiveness of meeting in person outweighs the cost savings of meeting virtually.

Granted, the tools for virtual...

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10/29/2010
Geoff Amidei

First, let me state for the record that I am not a Luddite. I am in fact a proponent of the nascent but rapidly evolving practice of virtual collaboration. I like technology, and innovation. And I believe that eventually, when the technology and available bandwidth catches up, there will be truly extraordinary power and value in virtual collaboration. Take advantage of the 24-hour clock. Keep...

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10/22/2010
Matt Saiia

One of my favorite assignments from college came in an advanced drawing class. We were asked to work in pairs and create a series of images that represented both of us. Most pairs produced visual mash-ups of their individual styles, but something curious happened with our work. My partner and I created a set of images that were not only stylistically departures from our personal sensibilities, but they also could not be deconstructed into either of our...

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