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John Colaruotolo
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
I was recently in a meeting in our Boston office and noticed something that might seem peculiar in other workplaces. At one point, all five people in the meeting were standing up close to one of our IdeaPaint walls, marker in hand, sketching while they spoke. It was a totally spontaneous scribe-fest. No one had said, "Let's go try to draw our ideas!" No one had handed anyone else a marker and said, "Please capture what's being said."
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Geoff Amidei
Monday, February 1, 2016
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The person or persons who write the Schumpeter column over at The Economist really seem to have it in for collaboration. Last week, in a piece ominously titled The Collaboration Curse, they took a pretty clumsy, thousand-word swipe at what they call “the fashion for making employees collaborate.”Now, I acknowledge that over the last decade or two the idea of collaboration has received a lot of attention, and been touted by many as a better way to get things done....
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Gordon Eby
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Facilitating a breakout group - or small group dialogue/work session - is an awesome opportunity. A productive breakout session can help develop creative ideas and a clear path forward. If successful, the experience can get participants engaged in and aligned around the right outcomes. It’s also a great opportunity for the facilitator to exhibit their leadership skills and impress their managers and colleagues.
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Gordon Eby
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Our team appreciates the importance of a good conversation and the power of stories to shape social action. Last week, we kicked off our new blog series, The Narrative Universe, in which we will explore the role of stories in individual and the collective behavior. We help our clients craft their stories and create forums for sharing them as effectively as possible. It’s work that we love to do.There is an amazing example of the power of creating a forum for...
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
If you follow the riveting world of graphic facilitation and visual literacy very closely, as I do, then A) Yay, we found each other! and B) You already know that Tuesday of last week was World Sketchnote Day. Happy belated WSD!
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Bree Sanchez
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The NibSqueak Podcast
Our new podcast, NibSqueak, is now available on iTunes! We'll bring you ideas from the world of graphic facilitation—DIY visuals you can use to brainstorm, design, learn, collaborate, communicate, and get stuff done. In this first episode, co-host John Colaruotolo and I explore how a simple visual model can help a project team dramatically improve their meetings and move forward.
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Kathy Clemons
Monday, December 28, 2015
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This is the time of year when we reflect on the year that is closing and make promises to ourselves about what we want to be different next year. We try new things, re-commit to being better, and seek out ideas and approaches to make improvements in our lives.As someone who works long hours, travels often, and values social and family involvement, I think a lot about time management. This recently caught my eye:The piece highlights the importance of creating and...
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Bree Sanchez and John Colaruotolo
Monday, December 21, 2015
The NibSqueak Podcast
NibSqueak is our brand new podcast about using visuals to work better. We're your hosts, John Colaruotolo and Bree Sanchez. We are both seasoned facilitators, graphic facilitators, scribes, designers, visual nerds, and Collective Nexters.
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Matt Saiia
Thursday, December 17, 2015
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CEO Matt Saiia was recently asked to speak and facilitate a session on Creativity at an industry conference. The following essay is adapted from his talk. Imagine that you’re in a very well-appointed office suite and you are meeting someone for the first time. This person is the President of a major business, and you have been invited to her office because she is seeking your help. She has heard good things about your work and she has very high expectations....
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