Skip to main content









Sunday, December 21, 2014
Uncategorized
This year, for the sixth consecutive year, Collective Next served as co-curator of TEDxBoston. In recent weeks, we’ve used this space to go deep on some of the talks and performances we worked on most closely. Today we’re sharing videos of every element of TEDxBoston 2014. We’ve gotten requests to put all the TEDxBoston videos in one place; enjoy!George Whitesides, professor of chemistry at Harvard, spoke at our very first TEDxBoston back in 2009. He returned this year to open the day... More
Monday, December 15, 2014
Uncategorized
This is one of a series of posts we’re running about the Collective Next Cards.We’ve all been there: We’re in a meeting and someone has just said The Dumbest Thing We Have Heard in Our Entire Lives. Maybe we think the comment is off-topic. Maybe we think the idea doesn’t take into account areas in which the group has already reached consensus. Maybe we think the proposal doesn’t respect the time and budget we can devote to the issue at hand. Our responsibility, we think, is to push this... More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Uncategorized
The first time I ever saw a theremin was from the cheap seats in Madison Square Garden in 1977, as Jimmy Page waved his hands over the device, half magician, half completely-out-of-it musician. I could hardly see it (this was before there were big screens at arena shows). But I was intrigued. After the show, I learned what I could about this strange instrument that made sounds based on the movement of your hands. You never came in contact with it. It was most exciting because it was,... More
John Colaruotolo's picture
Monday, December 8, 2014
Uncategorized
This is one of a series of posts we’re running about the Collective Next Cards.”Here’s what we want it to look like. We need to make something kind of like a round sign, but with a more square-ish shape. It can’t be completely square, though. It should feel modern, but a classic kind of modern. It should be suitable for anyone speaking any language around the world, but don’t forget that this is for a domestic audience only. We shouldn’t make it too disco. Think of it as Kimye meets the... More
Jimmy Guterman
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Uncategorized
One of our favorite things about TEDs and TEDx’s is that they are places where unexpected ideas bump into one another. It happens onstage – you can see a nuclear physicist follow a dancer, who has followed a religious scholar or a book designer – and it happens in the audience when you talk to the people sitting next to you. Everyone at the event is engaged in ideas, yet everyone it coming at those ideas from a different angle. One of the delights in helping curate TEDxBoston for six... More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Uncategorized
One of the breakthrough talks from the 2013 installment of TEDxBoston was Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu’s report of their work using laser beams to manipulate memories in mice. Their talk, which more than 830,000 people had viewed online last time we checked, was one of our favorite talks last year. I served as a coach; our Evan Wondolowski worked on their outstanding slides, which did a great job of explaining their advanced neuroscientific concepts in ways that those of us who do not have... More
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Uncategorized
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM5xtk23cv0  One of the most intense talks we’ve ever had in our six years curating TEDxBoston was Rainey Tisdale’s talk this year about curating an exhibit at the Boston Public Library drawn from the items that people left behind at the site of the Marathon bombings. Rainey did an outstanding job of not only describing her work but sharing what it felt like living and making decisions among the artifacts. She showed what those offerings meant to the... More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Uncategorized
We are currently looking to staff four roles, all freelance. We’re looking for two freelance graphic designer/artists, one quite experienced, one not so much.We’re looking for a freelance experienced artist/facilitator.And we’re looking for a freelance facilitator (you don’t need art experience for this one).If you want to learn more about these openings, visit our jobs page. If you want to learn more about what it’s like to work at Collective Next, read Telling Stories, Working... More
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Uncategorized
We’ll return to our cards and chronicling the recent TEDxBoston, but we’ve been on a bit of a reading kick lately (1, 2, 3), and here’s one last book recommendation, an old favorite that has proved useful on a current project here at Collective Next, before we return you to our regular programming.You may not think a comic book can help you do your job better, but this one might. Inspiration comes from many places: other people, works of art, dreams, almost anywhere. Inspiration feeds... More
Monday, November 17, 2014
Uncategorized
Last time in this space, we started a series on how to tell stories about your company. Today we’re celebrating someone who told stories about many companies.Sometimes great works get plucked out of obscurity just because someone famous likes ‘em. Usually, the celebrity recommendation turns out to be the most interesting thing about what’s been uncovered. But every now and then, the well-known person does a real favor for the rest of us. This is one of those times. Bill Gates is... More

Pages