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Jimmy Guterman

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Let’s set the wayback machine to last summer. During our middle-of-the-year all-hands extravaganza, one of our breakout groups explored...

John Colaruotolo

What do you do when you’re asked to volunteer for a half-day in a third grade classroom? Try to solve some of the worlds toughest problems, of course! For the last few months, my daughter’s teachers and I have been tossing around ideas on how to use the Collective Next style of collaboration in the classroom. We landed on facilitating a mini-session that would give the kids an opportunity to use their brainpower to explore possible solutions to long-standing...

Jimmy Guterman

We at Collective Next are here to help businesses come together, think better, and move forward. We focus on the needs and opportunities of specific clients, but we recognize that there are issues businesses have to confront that are bigger than any business. That’s a big part of the reason we’ve gotten so involved with TED over the years: running workshops and speaking at various TEDs in California and Europe,...

Mason Smith

Transcribes are more-or-less weekly chats during which we share what we’ve learned recently and figure out what it means to us and our clients. 

During our most recent Transcribe, we decided to try something new. We’ve been polling one another for worthy topics too long without going outside. Literally outside. It was too warm to stay inside the office, so we took Transcribe on the road. Well, three blocks on the road. The...

Jimmy Guterman

Transcribes are weekly chats during which we share what we’ve learned recently and figure out what it means to us and our clients. 

During our most recent Transcribe, we discussed many issues of current interest, ranging from the Malaysian airplane mystery to March Madness, until we noticed what all the topics had in common: control. The missing plane upends our sense of control over the world; constructing March Madness...

Matt Saiia

Every company wants to be innovative. Innovative companies invent new markets. Innovative companies get bigger and last longer. But it’s not every company that turns out to be innovative. Our work at Collective Next has shown us that you can’t just wave a magic wand and make people more innovative. Perhaps the most important thing a company that wants to be innovative can do is create the...

Jimmy Guterman

We’re focused on helping our clients come together, think better, and move forward. But that help is far from one-way: every day we learn quite a bit from our clients. To showcase that, we’re running a series of posts on this blog highlighting the work of some of our clients and what they’ve learned about collaboration. We start by talking with Gene Rubenstein, a senior vice president at Fidelity Investments.

Gene, tell us something about...

Tricia Walker

As part of our celebration of Collective Next’s 10th anniversary, we’ve been deepening our connection to our community. A great example of that is a recent visit to help out at The Women’s Lunch Place in Boston. Here’s what it felt like.

The Women’s Health Place provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. We spent a...