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Matt Saiia
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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A number of people who read my recent post on Creating Meaningful Change via Punk Rock have shared with me the announcement that Virgin Money is releasing a Sex Pistols-themed credit card. Some of the people are passing that along with notes that this is the end of an era or a betrayal or something; this Huffington Post headline summarizes that conventional wisdom well.They’re all wrong. Punk was never a pure thing exempt from commercial concerns. Johnny Rotten, Malcolm McLaren, and... More
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Kelly Nealon
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) I read recently that we spend our lives trying to recreate the places where we were happiest growing up. If my house were evidence, then that statement is true. I grew up on Cape Cod back when few lived there year-round. The winters were tough – most places were closed in the off-season – but for those of us who soldiered through the bleak winters, the carefree... More
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Mason Smith
Monday, June 8, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) I get excited sometimes. Okay, I get really excited about a lot of things. But, what inspires me the most is being part of a team. I’m talking about Voltron or Ocean’s Eleven types of teams. These are teams in which people bring together their unique mastery to do something that has never been done before to achieve a common goal they could not accomplish ... More
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Brett Saiia
Friday, June 5, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) The unexpected inspires me. When I walk somewhere, I look to take a different path home. When I’m working on a project here at Collective Next, I’m setting up boundaries, but I’m forcing accidents to happen. I’m pushing enough so things do happen. We’re going for it, pushing ourselves to go a little beyond, into the unknown.In college, when I was studying... More
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Rachael Maggiani
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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When you were a kid, did you want to be a pirate when you grew up? Well, you can be. Sort of.You can learn a lot from the Golden Age of Piracy (think: Captain Morgan, Mary Reed, Blackbeard). I took a course on the history of piracy in college, and let me tell you a (shortened) story that made me fall in love with learning about it: Anne Bonny and Mary Read were English women who dressed like men and eventually came to be part of Captain Jack Rackham’s crew. They fought together and... More
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Gordon Eby
Friday, May 29, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) I’ve been reading a lot of Shel Silverstein’s collection of poetry Where the Sidewalk Ends to my children lately. It’s a book I read when I was a child, and I’ve always loved the feeling of freedom of thought it encouraged in me. It’s stokes the passion I have for humour, creativity, and collaboration. There’s a poem called “Invitation” at the beginning of the book... More
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) On a recent beautiful, sunny Tuesday, my two children and I spent an afternoon in the park just up the hill from our home. We set out our picnic blanket on a green meadow in a glade of redwoods. The kids gleefully climbed up into the base of a cluster of ancient trees and jumped out, over and again, and played hide and seek among the ferns. They collected small... More
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Evan Wondolowski
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.)I’m a big fan of Resource Revolution: How To Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century, by Stefan Heck, Matt Rodgers, and Paul Carroll. It’s a cool book about how technological innovations will transform society. I learned about it during a client session we worked on with Stefan. The most interesting section in the book is about the future of cars. We... More
Jimmy Guterman
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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(This is one of a series of posts we’re running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.)We’re wired to tell stories and respond to them. This may be true literally, as evolutionary biology suggests. Or it may be true culturally: Stories unite so many social groups. Either way, the ability to tell stories well is essential to personal and professional success. Investment bankers talk about “the right story” when preparing pre-IPO CEOs for road shows;... More
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Matt Saiia
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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(Over the next few months on this blog, we’ll be running a series of posts on what inspires us as facilitators and designers. To set the stage, here’s a look at how inspiration works nowadays.)Imagine yourself as a teenager in a club, listening to a loud, fast, sweaty punk band. It’s not even a real club you’re in. It’s the basement of someone’s house that’s a makeshift club for the night. You’re surrounded by kids your age jumping up and down in the hot room, brought together by your... More

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