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Mason Smith's picture
Thursday, February 23, 2012
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Coming together, thinking better, and moving forward is a cool idea. And we at Collective Next are not the only ones who think so.Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris, which depicts the ensemble of famous innovators that were all present and collaborating in Paris during the 1920s, has been nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. The movie features characters like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and Salvadore Dalí, all whom shared ideas,...
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Geoff Amidei's picture
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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TED2012"A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it."Aldous Huxley While our colleagues are in Palm Springs next week enjoying the happenings at TEDActive and, more importantly, helping to support the TEDActive  Projects, another CN cohort will be at TED 2012 Full Spectrum in Long Beach, CA.Over the course of the four-day event, we will be moderating and scribing (graphically recording) a...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Next week, CN will be joining several hundred participants at TED Active in Palm Springs, CA. We’re teaming up with the sponsors of Active to facilitate six projects that each focus on a big question that affects all of us in one way or another. Several of my CN friends and I will be the resident storytellers for each of the projects. What does this mean? During the week we’ll be listening, connecting participants to one another, and gathering participants’ big...
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Geoff Amidei's picture
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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Over the last few weeks, I’ve detected a minor backlash against collaboration in the media, a rising tide of criticism of the “trend” toward working and learning in groups. The sense I’m getting may all stem from the recent NY Times article by Susan Cain, The Rise of the New Group Think. In her article, she decries the evils of the New Groupthink, which “has overtaken our workplaces, our schools and our religious institutions.”  Regardless of the source of this...
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John Colaruotolo
Friday, February 10, 2012
Insights
There is a man with a trumpet. He plays a tune. He likes how it sounds. He wants to make the tune better, so he finds some friends, and they play the same tune all together.
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Mason Smith's picture
Sunday, February 5, 2012
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You are a business professional. You know your stuff. Before tackling any major business task, you familiarize yourself with best practices, design a plan, organize the appropriate people and watch a clip from your favorite comedy. Like many people, you may find the last step in this list out of place. Yet, it may be the most important step you can take to maximize your effectiveness.Barbara Fredrickson, a leading scholar within social psychology, has demonstrated...
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Erin King's picture
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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Inspiration comes in many forms.Sometimes you get in a rut. You feel uninspired or stuck or like maybe you’ve “lost it.” Maybe you’re a little rusty and don’t trust your skills anymore.Maybe all you need is a little inspiration. I recently got to scribe at a session for Monster.com with Nathaniel Bellows. My partner in scribing crime has a style that is wildly different from mine. He’s all swirls, and perfectly drawn characters and animals that appear on the...
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Friday, January 27, 2012
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Infographics, data visualizations, visual knowledge…whatever you call it, it’s everywhere, and most of the time, it’s pretty interesting.What I appreciate about infographics is that they can be as simple as a street sign, an organizational chart, a family tree, or as complex and multi-layered as an interactive iPhone or iPad app, or a zoom-able map that shows the flight paths of 200 space missions over the past 50 years. But if you want to see something even more...
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Friday, November 11, 2011
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At eight years old I was presented with a book that would dramatically impact my life several times over. In my adolescent hands it was huge and heavy; its hard covers seemed to have existed forever. Most avid readers will fondly recount canonic classics or nostalgic favorites revisited again and again over the course of one’s life, each time extracting new meaning, relevance and insight. For me, it is not Shakespeare’s Drama, The Old Testament or 1984, but David...
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