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Inspired by Mom

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(This is one of a series of posts we're running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.)

Together: A World View ... and a Spotify Playlist

If there's one word we use around here the most, it's probably "together." It's how we like to work, it's how we like our clients to work, it's how we like to work with our clients. Basically, it's why we exist and how we want the world to work. It's the foundation of what we do.

We thought it might be fun to assemble a playlist of some of our favorite songs about working together or being together. We're enjoying the playlist; we hope you will too. Here are the songs compiled as a Spotify playlist. If you're interested in having us construct this on another platform (Tidal, Beats, etc.), let us know. And let us know if there are any songs you think we should add to the playlist. 1-2-3-4 ... 

Everything Still Speaks

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Recently on this blog, we've celebrated the expansion of our Collective Next Cards into ebook form. One of my favorite cards is Dave Rutley's observation that Everything Speaks, that all details matter. As Dave puts it, 

Inspired by Dad

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(This is one of a series of posts we're running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) 

My dad is visiting, which seems appropriate since I’ve been assigned to write about inspiration. From the minute he arrived, we have been generally kicking ass at getting lots of stuff done while having fun. He is the sort of person who is willing to just dive in and do stuff. He may not always know whether he can do it, but he will try, possibly mess up, redirect, and usually come out on top.

Punk: Still Inspiring Meaningful Change, Despite Everything

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Inspired by Cape Cod

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(This is one of a series of posts we're running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) 

Maximizing Volatility to Foster Creativity

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Inspired by Being Part of a Team

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(This is one of a series of posts we're running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) 

I get excited sometimes. Okay, I get really excited about a lot of things. But, what inspires me the most is being part of a team. I’m talking about Voltron or Ocean’s Eleven types of teams. These are teams in which people bring together their unique mastery to do something that has never been done before to achieve a common goal they could not accomplish individually.

Inspired by the Unexpected

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(This is one of a series of posts we're running on what inspires us as facilitators and designers here at Collective Next.) 

The unexpected inspires me. When I walk somewhere, I look to take a different path home. When I’m working on a project here at Collective Next, I'm setting up boundaries, but I’m forcing accidents to happen. I'm pushing enough so things do happen. We're going for it, pushing ourselves to go a little beyond, into the unknown.