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Monday, February 16, 2015
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This is one of a series of posts we're running about the Collective Next Cards.OK, people. This is one of the hardest lessons I've ever learned at work, and I learned it the hard way. I'm telling you here so you don't have to go through what I went through. Please, people, listen.Phrased that way, many of you are primed to actually listen. You can tell, I hope, that I'm being honest with you, that I have a lesson that I think might be useful to you, and I'm...
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Friday, February 13, 2015
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Most of our Valentine’s Day thoughts during this snowbound week are about our loved ones. But love happens at work, too, and we don’t mean romantic love (for the most part). People perform better at work if they feel loved there: There’s at least one published academic study that supports this theory (plus, the study is titled after a Tina Turner song that we adore).With so much love in the air, we’ve been talking about what we love...
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Bree Sanchez
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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Every now and then, when I am scribing at a conference or event, I’ll hear a whisper behind me that goes something like this: “Wow, that’s really cool! Do you do this for a living?” Why yes, it is. And yes, I do. It is often the beginning of a great conversation – and, sometimes, something more.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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We’ve been following the conversation this week over at The New York Times about the relative merits of open versus closed offices.  The talk has been spirited, with many observations worth considering as you imagine the optimal design of your office.Yet that debate, however spirited, is focusing on the wrong stuff. It has not landed on the core issue. Arguing open offices versus cubicles versus closed ones? That is merely a tactical question. The key strategic...
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Let's end the year by acknowledging and celebrating the 10 most popular posts on the Collective Next blog in 2014. 1. Three Ways to Make Your Company More Innovative, in which Matt Saiia, our founder and CEO, lays out ways to lay out your office so you are more likely to bump into breakthrough ideas.2. In Telling Stories, Working Together: Life As An Art Director at Collective Next, Erin King and Brett Saiia share what it's like being an art director here...
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Sunday, December 21, 2014
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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...
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Monday, December 15, 2014
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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...
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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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...
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Monday, December 8, 2014
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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....
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