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Matt Saiia
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Organizations seeking to foster innovation must resist the temptation to make it solely the domain of specialized programs or tools, and instead focus on creating the conditions that allow innovation to occur and thrive.Before embarking on an investigation of these conditions, it is helpful to start with a definition.Innovation is the use of creative insights to combine, leverage, and develop knowledge and resources that are hidden, disconnected and/or not well understood in order to... More
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David Rutley
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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Over the past few months we’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of MBA students and test collaborative approaches in higher education. One of the concepts that we have been playing with is how to tie the important act of individual reflection in education with collaborative design and feedback.This model demonstrates how collaboration in the reflective process can enhance an individual’s level of insight and their degree of intimacy with a peer group.Each time an individual... More
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Erin King
Friday, March 4, 2011
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I recently had the amazing opportunity to attend Boston’s first ever ladies rock camp. Ladies Rock Camp Boston (LRCB) is part of a bigger organization called Girls Rock Camp Boston (GRCB). The idea is that LRCB is a condensed version of a rock and roll camp for girls, and its main purpose is to fundraise for the GRCB’s summer sessions. I volunteer with the organization and was psyched when I found out they would be holding a camp for ladies. In fact, I was the very first person to sign... More
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Geoff Amidei
Friday, January 14, 2011
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I don’t often find myself quoting David Brooks. When it comes to New York Times columnists, I find myself more in line with Paul Krugman and Frank Rich than with Mr. Brooks. But his column today resonated with me on a number of levels. First of all, I find it clear eyed and sensible. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, I think he nicely articulates a truth about human enterprise of any sort: most of the time, it works better if you don’t go solo.As Mr. Brooks puts it, “… even if you... More
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Geoff Amidei
Friday, January 7, 2011
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In a recent post, I asserted that passion is necessary for applied collaboration at its best. Passion is part of the fuel and spirit of good collaboration, one of the reasons that applied collaboration can render such valuable results. Handled correctly, people’s passions—about a new idea, a new direction, or a new way of doing things—can be a positive force, providing energy and momentum, attracting energy and interest, and driving commitment. But like any volatile substance, passions... More
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Geoff Amidei
Friday, December 17, 2010
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Collaboration. Maybe you are one of the lucky few who, when you hear the word “collaboration,” flushes with pleasant memories of intellectual give and take, flashes of insight, spontaneous song, and creative sparks dancing, zipping and zinging from cranium to cranium (nearly visible to the naked collaborative eye) until they combine and explode into a starburst of instant beauty and lasting value.But probably you’re not.More likely you fall somewhere among the greater majority of folks... More
Mike LaRhette
Friday, December 3, 2010
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Either you could do it or you couldn’t – simple as that.  Maybe you happened upon the six sides in alignment once or twice but weren’t sure how you got there.  You most assuredly achieved one-sided alignment in a relatively short period of time but perhaps gave up the rest after 20 minutes of frustrated twisting and turning.  Regardless, the Rubik’s Cube, invented by a Hungarian named Erno Rubik in 1974, captured the minds (and time) of people around the world in the dogged pursuit of... More
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Geoff Amidei
Friday, October 29, 2010
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First, let me state for the record that I am not a Luddite. I am in fact a proponent of the nascent but rapidly evolving practice of virtual collaboration. I like technology, and innovation. And I believe that eventually, when the technology and available bandwidth catches up, there will be truly extraordinary power and value in virtual collaboration. Take advantage of the 24-hour clock. Keep costs down. Save the planet.But today, even with the reality of our grim and uncertain economy... More
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Matt Saiia
Friday, October 22, 2010
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One of my favorite assignments from college came in an advanced drawing class. We were asked to work in pairs and create a series of images that represented both of us. Most pairs produced visual mash-ups of their individual styles, but something curious happened with our work. My partner and I created a set of images that were not only stylistically departures from our personal sensibilities, but they also could not be deconstructed into either of our individual hands. What we produced... More

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