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Thursday, December 6, 2018
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In addition to being a facilitator and speaker/storytelling coach, Senior Principal Geoff Amidei moonlights as a tree house architect. Or at least he did for 13-weeks while building an epic tree house for his two daughters. Other interesting chapters in Geoff’s life include studying philosophy at UC Santa Barbara, exploring life as a thespian, spending 20 minutes chatting with Jerry Garcia in the green room of a TV station, and marrying his one-time roommate (they celebrate their... More
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Hamilton Ray
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Perspectives
If you are going to travel to the other side of the globe, you want it to be worth your while. Yes, I have finally recovered from jetlag, but Sibos 2018 in Sydney did not disappoint. This was Collective Next’s fifth year supporting SWIFT Innotribe at the SWIFT’s annual, massive, multi-day financial services conference, Sibos. We were so glad to once again mingle with brilliant speakers, cutting edge ideas, and a few mind-bending concepts (e.g., Quantum Computing the Day After Tomorrow).... More
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Collective Next
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Senior Principal Kristen Bailey has spent her life in various East Coast cities, from Atlanta to NYC, and currently resides in DC. Since beginning her professional career, she has moved no fewer than seven times. Her favorite abode: a Manhattan apartment nestled between Washington and Union Squares. She fondly recalls being part of the fabric of the neighborhood. Leaving the house each morning with her beloved Yorkie, Finnegan, she would pick up coffee from the corner deli (where... More
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Tricia Walker
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Perspectives
We recently had the awesome opportunity to bring graphic facilitation and graphic recording to the eMoney Summit 2018, an engaging three-day conference in Orlando. The theme of this conference was the “Rise of the FlexGen”. The FlexGen, for those unfamiliar with this term, is the new generation of “flexible financial advisors that can work across devices, support unique business models, and provide a range of services, all in an effort to service an increasingly demanding investor.”... More
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Collective Next
Thursday, October 18, 2018
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We’re celebrating our 15th year in business at Collective Next. As we close out this momentous year, we’re taking a moment to spotlight some of the talented humans at the core of our operation and our success. Here’s Solution Designer Gordon Eby talking multi-citizenship, Canadian clients, and getting back into tennis.Gordon is an international man of mystery—or at least an international man with citizenship in three countries. Born in the US, he spent his early childhood in Canada,... More
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Collective Next
Thursday, October 4, 2018
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We’re celebrating our 15th year in business at Collective Next. As we close out this momentous year, we’re taking a moment to spotlight some of the talented humans at the core of our operation and our success. Here’s Solution Designer Hamilton Ray talking cooking, problem solving, and being an official media outlet for the Braves.Hamilton has been a facilitator with Collective Next since the beginning. If you’ve seen him facilitate, you may not be entirely surprised to find out that his... More
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Erin King and Dave Rutley
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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When efficiency and speed are a priority, it can be easy to lose sight of the “why” behind your work and become disconnected from how your role fits into the broader customer experience story. We recently had an opportunity to help one of our financial services clients find creative ways for their Operations teams to re-connect to the organization’s broader narrative.We harnessed the process of storyboarding to help these teams understand and convey how they fit into the customer ... More
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Bree Sanchez
Friday, September 7, 2018
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Wait—what does the leafy seadragon have to do with artificial intelligence? I did a doubletake as I clicked through a Powerpoint deck I would use as the content source for an upcoming illustration project. Once again this year as part of Sibos, one of the world’s biggest annual financial services conferences, CN will be illustrating presentations for SWIFT Institute. And I will be art directing/illustrating a presentation for one of the brightest minds in AI, who is drawing an... More
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Gordon Eby
Monday, August 27, 2018
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In Part I of this two-part series on Difficult Conversations, I introduce the concept of “Interest-Based Negotiation” and discuss techniques for surfacing underlying interests through intentional meeting design. Below I discuss two techniques for managing conflict if and when it arises including asking “why?” and “what if?”Asking WhyI was recently part of a strategic meeting with an asset management firm whose new CEO wanted to radically shift the companies’ direction. One of his goals... More
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Gordon Eby
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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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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