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Mason Smith
Thursday, August 20, 2015
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The recent journey of the New Horizons probe to Pluto and release of the movie Interstellar have reinvigorated my excitement in the awe-inspiring field of physics. Physics strikes me as a field that directly welcomes the challenge of the unknowable, seeks it out, and attempts to make sense of it.  Where better to search for ways to push our clients and ourselves to imagine what we have not yet dared to imagine than physics, where “what if” is the most rote question they hear?As a... More
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Kathy Clemons
Monday, August 10, 2015
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I can only imagine what the hotel guests thought when they heard 40 people pounding on drums at 8:30 on a recent Thursday morning.The Drum Café, a group of world class musicians from around the globe, kicked off our session with a bang. Each participant was given their own drum to beat and the Drum Café team guided the group through a jam session.While there’s something inherently joyful about making such a racket early in the morning, there were a number of lessons we took away as well... More
Jimmy Guterman
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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(Our blog is usually a place where we at Collective Next share what we’ve learned in our work. We occasionally invite “friends of the family” to report and opine, too. You can see some other recent examples here and here and here and here.)One of our favorite moments at TED 2012 was when Lior Zoref asked us in the audience to guess the weight of an ox he had brought onstage at the Long Beach Convention Center. It was a stunt, but it also illuminated a serious point: Crowdsourcing can be... More
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Kristen Bailey
Monday, June 1, 2015
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 The big consultancy McKinsey has purchased Lunar, a respected design firm. Design has become a necessary skill inside organizations and McKinsey’s move emphasizes the value and importance of integrating design into products and services. You can’t get by on good ideas that are presented to the customer in a clunky fashion. You need elegance, simplicity, and empathy. How do you really get employees to engage with design in a way that has meaningful outcomes? You can teach them the... More
Jennifer Rutley
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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We are in the business of helping organizations facilitate conversations so they can come together, think better, and move forward. Sometimes we facilitate conversations that all parties are eager to engage in; other times it’s not so easy.Difficult conversation meetings are hard for everyone; that’s why they are “difficult.” But good facilitation and agenda design can make a big difference in the outcome. Here are a few ways to ensure folks leave the meeting with a smile.Build a fact... More
Jimmy Guterman
Friday, May 15, 2015
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You never know where inspiration will come from. When you’re developing as a professional — or as a person — part of what you’re trying to develop is mastery, and the feeling of accomplishment and confidence that comes with mastery. Recently, our Matt Saiia spoke about mastery at a client event with legendary surfer Frosty Hesson. We caught up with Frosty shortly after the event (which was scribed expertly by our Kris Henry; click the image above to see it at a better size). Hesson had... More
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Geoff Amidei
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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This is the first in a series of posts about the models we use in our work as facilitators. In this installment, senior principal Geoff Amidei goes deep on one model we have found extremely useful for a long time. Read more collaboration tips from Geoff here.You can make a lot of progress on a complicated problem in a short amount of time with a lot of people in the same room if you are thorough and thoughtful about planning and facilitation. You don’t need experts to go off and do it... More
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Matt Saiia
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Every year, literary agent and Edge.org proprietor John Brockman hosts one of the most exclusive dinners here at TED. He also publishes a collection of provocative essays built around a pressing question or issue. In recent years, some of the questions have been What Is Your Dangerous Idea?, What Are You Optimistic About?, and How Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? The most recent book is called This Idea Must Die and includes essays about scientific ideas that are blocking... More
Jimmy Guterman
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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At Collective Next, we obsess over how to make organizations more innovative. We’re not the only people doing that, and it’s useful to check in with smart people with similar goals to keep up with what they’re seeing and thinking. Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, tracks how businesses work and helps some of them work better. His books include Shared Minds (first published in 1989; he wrote about collaboration before collaboration was... More
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Bree Sanchez
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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 Every now and then, when I am scribing at a conference or event, I’ll hear a whisper behind me that goes something like this: “Wow, that’s really cool! Do you do this for a living?” Why yes, it is. And yes, I do. It is often the beginning of a great conversation – and, sometimes, something more. A few years ago at TED, my colleague John Colaruotolo had an exchange just like this with one of the attendees, a visionary “imagineer” and designer at one of the world’s largest technology... More

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