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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 inspired by this Washington Post article describing a social experiment involving one of the world’s premier musicians, the Washington DC metro, and “one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin that is worth $3.5 million.”Joshua Bell, considered by many to be the world’s best violinist,...
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Friday, May 4, 2012
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Tammy Erickson says “The frontier of human productive capacity today is the power of extended collaboration…”In her post yesterday on the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, she argues that companies increase productivity in two primary ways: They either develop and adopt new management practices, or they adopt new technology and integrate it into the way they work. Historically, she says, adopting new technology has proven to have a greater impact on productivity...
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Friday, April 27, 2012
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Graphic facilitation has arrived! The Wall Street Journal recently published an article by Rachel Silverman extolling the benefits of graphic facilitation. Silverman also appeared on The News Hub to share her research into the groundswell of organizations currently improving their level of collaboration through the use of scribes. Yet, Silverman’s explanation of what she refers to as “visual note-taking” is just scratching the surface of the significant purpose,...
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Geoff Amidei
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Ways of Working
I don’t get to do very many DesignShop events these days. A typical DesignShop event, as invented and practiced by MG Taylor Corporation, involves bringing together 30 to 80 client participants for three long days (10 hours, 12 hours, and 10 hours) of facilitated collaborative work. DesignShop events are impactful, transformational, exhilarating, and often supremely strenuous experiences.
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Mason Smith
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Insights
Applied collaboration is a lot like providing therapy. As a clinician, boundaries were an essential element of my work in private practice and in psychiatric hospitals.
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John Colaruotolo
Friday, March 30, 2012
Insights
In our last music and collaboration post, we looked at Miles Davis. In the 1950s and 60s when Miles was experimenting with new ways to collaborate with his friends in the jazz idiom, composer Terry Riley was also experimenting with new ways to collaborate in music outside of the jazz idiom.
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Friday, March 23, 2012
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In interest-based negotiation, practiced often through mediations, there is an interesting phenomenon that occurs but is not easily explained.The “Magic” by Evan Wondolowski Mediation uses a process that begins with the stating of positions by each party, moves to the exploration of their interests, explores options for mutual gain, and finishes with an agreement. This is an oversimplification of the process for illustrative purposes, but most mediators will...
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Monday, March 19, 2012
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In today’s politically charged climate, “debate” has become a dirty word. Yet, the slander and hurt feelings that are often associated with debate are far from its essence.We help people come together, leverage their organizational knowledge to think better, and move forward by developing shared innovative solutions. In order to effectively leverage each other’s individual knowledge and create a new collective idea that did not previously exist, individuals...
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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Focus is a huge enabler of effective collaboration. Your individual ability to unplug from everything else, and fully invest in the purpose and process of collaboration makes all the difference between success and failure.I often find that metaphors and stories are extremely effective ways of communicating both the importance of enabling factors and tactics and tools to execute.The below video clip is from a very under rated movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” It...
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Friday, March 9, 2012
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Our overriding topic of discussion for the Shell Urbanization team was, "How will we power the cities of the future?"  On day one we started with a scan question, "How do you save energy?"  We had a few Urbanization team meetings outside with our great facilitator, Luis.  One theme that we kept returning to was, "How do we create a culture of pride around energy efficiency/conservation?"  Kiel Johnson built an amazing model...
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