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John Colaruotolo
Monday, June 9, 2014
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What do you do when you’re asked to volunteer for a half-day in a third grade classroom? Try to solve some of the worlds toughest problems, of course! For the last few months, my daughter’s teachers and I have been tossing around ideas on how to use the Collective Next style of collaboration in the classroom. We landed on facilitating a mini-session that would give the kids an opportunity to use their brainpower to explore possible solutions to long-standing world problems.We used the... More
Jimmy Guterman
Monday, April 21, 2014
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Here’s a quick look at the best of the stories we’ve been sharing the past few days…John Colaruotolo, our colleague in Dallas, recommends last week’s installment of NPR’s TED Radio Hour. Says he: “It was a bunch of pieces about storytelling. Of note were three speakers, and what they had to say about the topic. This podcast is worth adding to your ‘read’ (or listen) list for next week!” It is a terrific episode, looking at best practices in storytelling from many different angles. You... More
Jimmy Guterman
Thursday, April 3, 2014
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Back in February, our Matt Saiia wrote a post about Three Ways to Make Your Company More Innovative. In it, he noted that you’re a lot more likely to see innovation when people and ideas have lots of chances to bump into one another.In art, as in other fields, there’s the myth of the solo genius. But some of the greatest periods of innovation in art history have come from vibrant communities of discourse. Think about the great art movements – Impressionism, Cubism – they’re movements.... More
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Matt Saiia
Thursday, February 6, 2014
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Every company wants to be innovative. Innovative companies invent new markets. Innovative companies get bigger and last longer. But it’s not every company that turns out to be innovative. Our work at Collective Next has shown us that you can’t just wave a magic wand and make people more innovative. Perhaps the most important thing a company that wants to be innovative can do is create the conditions that nurture a vibrant community of innovators.I’d like to share some of what we’ve... More
Jimmy Guterman
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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We’re focused on helping our clients come together, think better, and move forward. But that help is far from one-way: every day we learn quite a bit from our clients. To showcase that, we’re running a series of posts on this blog highlighting the work of some of our clients and what they’ve learned about collaboration. We start by talking with Gene Rubenstein, a senior vice president at Fidelity Investments.Gene, tell us something about collaboration that most people don’t know.One of... More
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Hamilton Ray
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Collective Next turns 10 this year. This is part of a series of posts in which people at the company share what we’ve learned about helping companies come together, think better, and move forward over the past decade. (See some earlier posts in the series here and here and here.) Today Hamilton Ray, a senior principal who has been part of Collective Next since 2005, discusses his work here – starting with how he got here.I began as an English major at college. I loved literature. I... More
Jimmy Guterman
Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Collective Next turns 10 this year. This is the second of a series of posts (read the previous one) in which people at our company share what we’ve learned about helping companies come together, think better, and move forward over the past decade.Before Senior Principal Jennifer Rutley joined Collective Next in 2005, she led Capgemini’s Accelerated Solutions Environment on the West Coast, where she designed and facilitated collaborative work sessions to help global and Fortune 100... More
Jimmy Guterman
Thursday, September 26, 2013
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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.”Geoff Amidei is a senior principal and solution designer at Collective Next... More
Jimmy Guterman
Thursday, September 19, 2013
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Innovation and collaboration can happen anywhere. For example, it can happen at your local farmstand when the pumpkins come in:https://vimeo.com/74948781What strikes us here is not the obvious collaboration example that some might take from this clip: happy people working together to get a task done, working effectively, having a better time doing it together than they might have alone.No, listen carefully and you’ll hear what real collaboration sounds like.One of the women picks up a... More
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Gordon Eby
Friday, April 12, 2013
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In our most recent Transcribe Live in the Lab, we had a great discussion about the relationship between story telling, organizational culture, and leadership. Stories exist in organizations. They always have and always will. They shape and perpetuate an organization’s culture whether they are accidental or intentional, negative or positive, true or false.Leaders often come to us and ask how to create a stronger culture. There are two ways we use story telling to do this. One way is to... More

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