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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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10/19/2010
Kate Dwyer

Clive Thompson highlights the evolution of peer-to-peer renting and sharing in his September article “Other People’s Property” in Wired. Peer renting isn’t a new concept but the Internet and social media have provided a platform that makes it a very plausible reality. The benefits of this type of collaboration are infinite. It’s convenient and efficient, environmentally...

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10/08/2010
Geoff Amidei

Missouri entomologists team up with the military to solve the mystery of how honeybees are dying

In a sustained act of applied collaboration that harkens back to some of the great collaborations of our time, e.g., Watson and Crick collaborating to solve the structure of DNA, entomologists in Montana teamed up with military biologists in Maryland to make a real breakthrough in solving the epidemic of honeybee colonies collapsing in the...

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09/16/2010
Matt Saiia

I am often reminded of two simple truths. First, any idea worth thinking about is an idea worth sharing. Second, any idea can become a better one through collaboration.

With this in mind, I am happy to launch the Collective Next Blog. It is our intent to use these pages to share and dialogue about the insights, experiences, and artifacts we uncover in pursuing better results through collaboration.

We hope these ideas promote new ways of thinking,...

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