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01/27/2016
Gordon Eby

facilitating breakout facilitation small group discussion work session

Facilitating a breakout group - or small group dialogue/work session - is an awesome opportunity. A productive breakout session can help develop creative ideas and a clear path forward. If successful, the experience can get...

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12/28/2015
Kathy Clemons

This is the time of year when we reflect on the year that is closing and make promises to ourselves about what we want to be different next year. We try new things, re-commit to being better, and seek out ideas and approaches to make improvements in our lives.

As someone who works long hours, travels...

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12/07/2015
Kris Henry

holiday group collaborative giving
A pair of gloves. A toy guitar. Passes to the science museum. These are just a few of the things on the holiday wish list provided to me by REACH, a Waltham, MA-based organization that serves survivors of domestic violence. For the third consecutive year, my...

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11/18/2015
Marsha Dunn

visual tools scriibng graphic facilitation visual thinking collaboration
“I’ve had the experience of walking into a client’s office a year and half after we did a session with them and finding that the giant foam core boards containing our single frame visuals are still up on the wall, and still...

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11/05/2015
Marsha Dunn

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”
Yogi Berra

As Yogi makes (un)clear—as only Yogi could—the relationship between theory and practice is anything...

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11/03/2015
Kathy Clemons

TED Talks for Business
If you know me, you know I like to talk. I chat, I converse, I narrate, I think out loud, I process the world with words. It’s part of who I am. It makes me different – and it’s my strength. And you could say I’m a professional “talk-er,” as a significant part of my...

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10/15/2015
Renee Piazza


Think back to your most recent first day of work at a new company. You were probably feeling excited but also a little, ummm… vulnerable? If it’s been a while, perhaps you have some vague memories of filling out paperwork, learning names and faces, and trying to find the bathroom. I can relate.

I...

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06/05/2015
Brett Saiia

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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...

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