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Gordon Eby
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Perspectives
Even professional facilitators are scared by “difficult conversations.” I say this as a professional facilitator and recipient of a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution. However, this experience has also taught me that with the right approach and techniques these conversations can be highly productive. If your job description includes convening groups of people—large or small—to discuss issues and decisions that matter, you want to know how to design for and manage conflict. I will... More
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Tricia Walker
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Perspectives
A great venue is an important aspect of ensuring a successful working session. Our facilitators and graphic facilitators have become quite skilled at working with hotels all around Boston (and beyond!) to make sure that we can create meeting and conference spaces that enable creativity and collaboration, allowing our participants to realize what’s next together.We’re always on the lookout for exceptional locations to hold our sessions, and we were excited to discover Convene at One... More
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Collective Next
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Perspectives
“Forget PowerPoint. Meet the hottest new addition to the business meeting: the illustrator.” So reads the Boston Globe feature on how Collective Next’s live illustrators (aka graphic facilitators) can transform your organizations next get together. As the Globe piece notes, graphic facilitation’s popularity has taken off around the country—and the world—in recent years. Companies now recognize the value of using real-time visual capture in the form of drawing to heighten engagement, add... More
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Tricia Walker
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Perspectives
[Photo: Ron Bosse, Bosse Studios]We recently partnered with the global life-sciences company Abcam to deliver a popup event in Kendall Square. The goal of the event was to help local researchers recharge and reset. Located at the heart of the MIT campus, Kendall Square is a natural thoroughfare for some of the world’s great scientific researchers. As such, it represents the perfect locale for tapping into their collective wisdom. We saw an opportunity to enable researchers to inspire... More
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Tricia Walker
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Perspectives
We are passionate about developing new ways to increase engagement and deepen understanding among people. One way we do this in the tradeshow and conference space is to invite participants to co-create visual story walls that capture individual and insights. Interactive story walls provide space and a mechanism for participants to shift from passive recipients of content to active creators.The setup is simple:Step 1: Provide a prompt in the form of a well thought out question; then... More
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Hamilton Ray
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Perspectives
What does it take for companies to reimagine their response to rapidly evolving customer needs? Large organizations often find the process of developing new services and solutions to be utterly cumbersome. Well-established businesses often limit new offerings to fit with existing capabilities out fear of protracted timelines that eat up dollars and lead to missed market opportunities. The result is that internal limitations rather than customer insights end up driving the development... More
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John Colaruotolo
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Perspectives
Organizational leaders often wonder why their content and messaging, which they have gone to great lengths to communicate—often repeatedly, simply doesn’t “sink in.” I hear leaders voice this frustration while seeking to impart everything from cultural values to new product information. One consistent contributing factor is that people are not given the chance to play an active role in their learning process. They are not given the opportunity to engage colleagues in processing material... More
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Christina Marsh and Mason Smith
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Perspectives
At Collective Next, we speak regularly about the importance of facilitating structural change. And typically, the structures to which we refer are organizational in nature. But, can facilitating collaborative dialogue play a key role when the structures in question are not organizational but physical – concrete, steel, and wood? In fact, large-scale building projects, such as those in corporate, institutional and academic settings, benefit immensely when diverse stakeholders are drawn... More
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Katherine Gorman
Monday, April 9, 2018
Perspectives
Shared stories unite people. They build community. We human beings have communicated values through storytelling from our earliest times. Even as technology lets us work in increasingly distributed communities, we can still harness the medium of storytelling to draw our organizations together. We can do this by creating organizational podcasts—communal podcasts—that convey powerful stories about our collective identity. Through these commonly held narratives, we can foster a strong... More
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Hamilton Ray
Monday, April 2, 2018
Perspectives
When a well-established company undertakes a large-scale overhaul, defining their strategy is only the first step. Equally critical is inspiring new and existing leadership to embrace this change. And leaders must be armed with an understanding of how to enable the strategy and rally their teams behind it. This process of readying leadership to successfully implement a new strategy is often protracted, taking months—even years—with mixed results.This raises the question: Is there... More

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