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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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02/08/2013
Mason Smith

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...

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02/01/2013
David Rutley

Today at Transcribe we explored the yearly question related to resolutions – what does it take to sustain change?

Whether at an individual level or an organizational level the levers are very much the same:

  • Desire and willingness to change
  • Motivation – understanding not just what the change is, but WHY you want to make it
  • Structures to reinforce, track, and sustain
  • An understanding that a fallback is not the same as a ...
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01/28/2013
John Colaruotolo

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. Taking that, and sliding over to the...

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