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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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Katherine grew up in Plymouth, Michigan, a place she describes as “halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor, in every way from demographics to economics. Katherine’s passion for radio began with involvement at her high school radio station and developed further while apprenticing at NPR’s affiliate station in Ann Arbor during her college years. She went on to work for WYPR in Baltimore and WBUR in Boston as part of NPR’s Here and Now team. Radio proved a vehicle for Katherine to explore her fascination with science. She has just wrapped her fourth season as host of the podcast Talking Machines, which focuses on “human conversations about machine learning.”
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Friday, February 1, 2019
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“If I had a million dollars I’d still be at Collective Next, but I’d build my own studio to mash up songs, combine lyrics, mix-up beats on the side...” So waxes Solution Designer Mason Smith, the now not-so-closeted rap fan, whose favorite current album is Macklemore’s Gemini. While he is working on that, Mason says he is more than happy going on family hikes, coaching his kids’ soccer and hockey teams, and rocking out in the car. Every January for the past twelve years, Mason and his brother have traveled to Lake Nokomis in Minnesota to compete in the US Pond Hockey Championships. Their team has had their ups and downs, but one year they may well bring home the grand prize…a golden shovel.
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Monday, January 14, 2019
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Solution Designer Renee Piazza grew up in New Jersey (with “the hair to prove it,” as she says). She stayed in the tri-state area to attend Rutgers undergrad and Pratt for grad school. Today she lives in Boston with her husband and two daughters, with whom she is currently many rounds into a fierce battle of Uno. She is also a self-confessed podcast junkie, regularly devouring episodes of the Hidden Brain and On Being. Recently she especially enjoyed hearing TED’s Chris Anderson speak about “the lessons of listening” on The Ezra Klein Show.
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Thursday, January 3, 2019
Perspectives
For over a decade, Collective Next has had the privilege of working with Jill Cress who currently serves as Chief Marketing, Brand and Communications Officer of National Geographic Partners. Most recently, Solution Designer John Colaruotolo partnered with Jill to design and facilitate a strategic workshop focused on National Geographic’s extraordinary Planet or Plastic initiative. We had the pleasure of talking with Jill and John about Planet or Plastic and the role of collaboration in making it a success.
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Bree Sanchez
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Perspectives
In our recent post, Reflections and Graphic Recording from SWIFT Innotribe at Sibos 2018, we shared highlights from our live visual capture at Sibos, one of the world's largest annual financial services/fintech conferences. ­In addition to on-site graphic recording, we partnered with SWIFT Institute’s speakers in advance to develop single-frame illustrations of key content featured in their presentations.
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Tricia Walker
Friday, December 21, 2018
Perspectives
Earlier this year we had an opportunity to bring graphic recording to a very special event in partnership with our friends at Fidelity Investments. The Fierce Urgency of Now (FUN) event, sponsored by the The Boston Chamber of Commerce sought to energize Boston’s millennials and to elevate the platform of next-generation leaders. The festival’s title is inspired by a famous Dr. Martin Luther King phrase. In “I Have a Dream, Dr. King states: “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time…to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.”
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Hamilton Ray
Thursday, December 20, 2018
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Organizational leaders increasingly recognize the value of client advisory boards to help guide company strategy. Focus groups that invite multiple clients to share their insights around existing company products and services have been around for a long time. However, when it comes to true co-design with a single client, companies often get cold feet. In my experience, organizational leaders may see an opportunity to work with a client to co-develop a new offering that will benefit both parties, but three primary factors hold them back...
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Thursday, December 6, 2018
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In addition to being a facilitator, Geoff moonlights as a tree house architect. Or at least he did for 13-weeks while building an epic tree house for his two daughters. Other interesting chapters in Geoff’s life include studying philosophy at UC Santa Barbara, exploring life as a thespian, spending 20 minutes chatting with Jerry Garcia in the green room of a TV station, and marrying his one-time roommate (they celebrate their sixteenth wedding anniversary this year).
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Hamilton Ray
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Perspectives
If you are going to travel to the other side of the globe, you want it to be worth your while. Yes, I have finally recovered from jetlag, but Sibos 2018 in Sydney did not disappoint. This was Collective Next’s fifth year supporting SWIFT Innotribe at the SWIFT's massive financial services conference, Sibos, and we glad to once again mingle with brilliant speakers, cutting edge ideas, and a few mind-bending concepts (e.g., Quantum Computing the Day After Tomorrow).
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Learning in a Modern Age

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Marsha Dunn
Monday, March 25, 2019
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Collective Next’s leadership and development programs embrace a model of 21st Century leadership development that maximizes the potential of self-directed learning. We believe—and have seen time and again—that leadership skills develop and thrive most effectively under conditions of autonomy, the pursuit of mastery and a well-defined purpose. Collective Next-ers Kris Henry and Mason Smith are here to discuss the challenges and benefits of approaching leadership development in these ways.
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