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Friday, June 15, 2012
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Execution is every organizations dirty little secret. Creative organizations and creative people are continuously attempting to balance feverishly meeting looming deadlines and still finding time to dream. We here at Collective Next were intrigued by the perceived dichotomy that exists between execution and creativity during this week’s Transcribe Live in the Lab.Many artists, and creative people in general, are often stereotyped as not being good executors. The...
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Monday, June 11, 2012
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This Friday’s Transcribe in the Lab was a little different – it was harder. Our own Mason Smith is the originator of the Transcribe in the Lab and he’s lead every one until this week. This week Mason was delivering work for one of our clients and that left the task of marshalling the team to jump in was left to me.And like I said, it was just a bit harder than I expected. So first, let me thank Mason for getting these going and doing a great job keeping the momentum...
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Friday, June 1, 2012
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Another Friday, another attempt here at Collective Next to practice what we preach and gather together to think better and move innovative ideas forward.Today we went a little meta, that is, we—a group of professionals engaged in the formal practice of helping other groups of people collaborate most effectively in order to find the most creative solutions to their most vexing challenges—had a wide ranging discussion about what it really takes to help a group of...
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Mason Smith's picture
Friday, May 4, 2012
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Every Friday, we here at Collective Next attempt to practice what we preach and gather together to think better and move innovative ideas forward. Today we were excited by Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle”, which illustrates several interesting examples of people overcoming resistance and the key ingredients necessary to achieve full creative potential.As we discussed the book and the role of resistance in the creative...
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
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We facilitate many sessions all around the world from President Obama’s Commencement speech in Kalamazoo, Michigan to events in Brussels and Asia. Most of these sessions last one to three days, but you never know when or where the scribing done during the event will end up. Some organizations display it in their offices, some use it to continue to communicate ideas, and some use it to announce the launching of a new product.In March, Erin King of Collective Next...
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David Rutley's picture
Friday, May 18, 2012
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Our weekly transcribe in the lab conversation this week hinged on several topics related to collaboration – including examples of collaboration in theater, the importance of collaboration to small businesses as an underserved population, and examples of collaboration in pop culture (with the specific example of the uber-popular Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins).Ultimately we found a common factor that tied all of these disparate ideas together, the recently...
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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We regularly deal with complicated, complex issues: challenges of cultural change, market fluctuations, leadership, and more. And, personally, there is a part of me that loves that challenge, that impulse to understand the whole picture, all the moving parts and potential risks. And the thrill that comes from pulling it all together into an elegant design, that solution that just hums. It can be intoxicating and all-encompassing.And sometimes, whether because of...
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Monday, May 14, 2012
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Every Friday, we here at Collective Next attempt to practice what we preach and gather together to think better and move innovative ideas forward. Today we were inspired by this TED Talk by Terry Moore describing his epiphany regarding the best way to tie your shoes.Terry Moore bought an expensive pair of shoes, yet the shoelace kept untying. The salesman informed Moore that he was tying his shoe incorrectly. As a the director of The Radius Foundation, which “seeks...
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Thursday, May 10, 2012
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In a recent post, we shared that graphics allow us to cut past the need for descriptive words and personalize our own understanding of an idea without getting caught up in someone else’s description of it.It inspired me to create a few simple graphics for Dieter Rams’s Ten Principles of Good Design to help me remember them.Good Design......Is innovative | The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering...
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