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10/18/2013
Jimmy Guterman

Most Fridays, we hold a Transcribe at Collective Next HQ. (Transcribes are weekly chats during which we share what we’ve learned recently and figure out what it means to us and our clients.) This is one of those rare Fridays when we aren’t holding one (many of us are offsite doing client work or supporting TEDxSMU), so we’ll direct you to a handful of our more popular recent Transcribe posts:

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10/11/2013
Mason Smith

We at Collective Next spend a lot of time and effort designing sessions with our clients. During last week’s Transcribe (Transcribes are weekly chats during which we share what we’ve learned recently and figure out what it means to us and our clients), we discussed how effective collaboration doesn’t just happen. Like cooking a gourmet meal, it takes a lot of preparation, a deep knowledge of fundamental principles and innovative methods, and careful execution...

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09/26/2013
Jimmy Guterman

Collective Next turns 10 this year. This is the first of a series of posts in which people at the company share what they’ve learned about helping companies come together, think better, and move forward over the past decade.

“Collaboration,” Geoff Amidei says, “is like a golf swing. It’s not intuitive, not natural. The simple act of not caring who owns an idea: for most business people, that’s not a natural act.”

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06/14/2013
Mason Smith

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....

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06/05/2013
Mason Smith
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:
 
Also, catch a sneak peek behind the scenes as Tricia and the production team at Northeastern create the video!

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03/09/2013
Gordon Eby

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-...

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02/22/2013
Mason Smith

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.

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02/15/2013
Tricia Walker

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.

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