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Bree Sanchez
Thursday, October 8, 2015
We Made This
Our current series on the Aesthetics of Change is sparking new ways of thinking and talking about the power of art to transform us on an individual and collective level. In our Boston office, several Collective Nexters sat down with podcast producer Katherine Gorman to discuss works of art that have had a lasting impact on them personally. In the short "voice postcard" featured below, Renee Piazza, Hamilton Ray, and Erin King talk about site-specific sculpture,...
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Bree Sanchez
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Insights
I recently received this note from a friend: Help. I am organizing my company’s annual Fall off-site meeting. It’s a 2-day gig. First day we’re driving there and doing a volunteer project. Second day we’re going on a 3-hour safari [don’t ask, it’s California] and then meeting for 4 hours in the afternoon. What should we do with our meeting time? Your thoughts appreciated. PS: Should we do team building? Here, Collective Nexters share pro tips for making your next big meeting a huge success.
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Rachael Maggiani
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Insights
It’s 7:15am and my Green Line train is screeching towards Packard’s Corner in Allston. I ring the bell for my stop and hop off the train into the already warm morning air, coffee in hand. As I walk up to my destination, I can hear the sound of a room full of girls talking, yelling, and making new friends. I see the volunteers running around like crazy, and happy to be doing it. By mid-afternoon, I am in charge of a band full of girls. They’re playing multiple...
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Kathy Clemons
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Ways of Working
In the past 2-20,000 years, the power of storytelling and its value as a strategic tool has been widely acknowledged. Storytelling, in one form or another, is a vital part of our work. Lately we have been hearing from clients that they want use narrative as a way to understand their business and reach audiences, but they simply don’t know how to begin.
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Insights
When you watch Google’s exciting new logo announcement, what grabs you?A major evolutionary leap for one of the world’s biggest brands? Yes, but that's not all. For me, the biggest reveal is the little hand, elegantly telling their story – it’s simply brilliant. Visual communicators, graphic facilitators, scribes, and illustrators should be taking note.We have seen and employed the hand quite a bit in the past few years in whiteboard movies, or what we at Collective...
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Kathy Clemons
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Insights
I admit it, I’m obsessed with HGTV. And I know I’m not the only one.As I binge-watch episodes of Love It or List It, Flip or Flop, The Property Brothers and Fixer Upper, I am struck with the extraordinary parallels to our work facilitating organizational change.A new design is useless if you don’t fix the underlying problems. Now granted, I’m under the influence of my incredibly tidy wife, but the crazy clutter and lack of organization endemic to the “before”...
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Bree Sanchez
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Ways of Working
A friend of mine, who is an environmental chemist and not graphically inclined, recently decided to up his game using visuals at work. This self-proclaimed “left-brainer” has been reading up on visual thinking and visual group process – a few of our favorite topics! With that in mind, he inquired about tactical tricks for working visually. Here are a few scribe hacks for visual communicators and collaborators:#1 Make your own marker palette – it’s easy!I make and...
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Mason Smith
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Insights
The recent journey of the New Horizons probe to Pluto and release of the movie Interstellar have reinvigorated my excitement in the awe-inspiring field of physics. Physics strikes me as a field that directly welcomes the challenge of the unknowable, seeks it out, and attempts to make sense of it.  Where better to search for ways to push our clients and ourselves to imagine what we have not yet dared to imagine than physics, where "what if" is the most rote...
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Nick Selby
Thursday, August 13, 2015
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It's time to say good bye to our fabulous summer intern, Nick Selby, who studies Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Nick brought good humor, smarts, solid design chops and fancy Four Square footwork. We wish him great success in his senior year and beyond. Here are NIck's reflections on his all-to-brief stint with us, in his own words. The illustration above is his, too!Summer is almost a memory and so is my internship at Collective Next. When...
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Kathy Clemons
Monday, August 10, 2015
Insights
I can only imagine what the hotel guests thought when they heard 40 people pounding on drums at 8:30 on a recent Thursday morning.The Drum Café, a group of world class musicians from around the globe, kicked off our session with a bang. Each participant was given their own drum to beat and the Drum Café team guided the group through a jam session.While there’s something inherently joyful about making such a racket early in the morning, there were a number of lessons...
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