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Learning in a Modern Age

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Marsha Dunn
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Interview
Emily Demarest is responsible for designing trainings for physicians and care teams to successfully run clinical trials. Recognizing the high-stakes and incredible opportunity in front of her, Emily has introduced a series of innovative approaches to her company’s (IQVIA’s) training design. In her capacity as Director of Event Design and Production, she has abandoned endless PowerPoint presentations, favoring the strategic use of visuals and interactivity to maximize the learning experience.
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Kristen Bailey
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Perspectives
Girls and women are taught to be perfect, while boys and men are taught to be brave. Perfectionism has its value, of course, but it can also be a paralyzing preoccupation, especially in fields that demand constant innovation. This was a core message at a Women’s Leadership Summit I facilitated this year and it shaped my approach to the innovation activity I was leading for women at the summit.
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Marsha Dunn
Friday, December 1, 2017
Interview
David Small is a master at designing user-led experiences that communicate complex ideas. His company Small Design Firm develops self-guided installations that harness beauty, playfulness, and emotion to create lasting impressions of vital ideas. I had the opportunity to talk to David about his design work, and in particular, about the fine art of letting the material—rather than the designer—lead the way, a lesson he learned as a student at the MIT Media Lab.
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Matt Saiia
Monday, November 13, 2017
Think Piece
Can a group of Tamil-speaking 12 year-olds in a south Indian village teach themselves the biotechnology of DNA replication in English? According to Sugata Mitra’s research, the answer is a resounding YES! Several years ago, Mitra was awarded the TED Prize for his vision of “building a school in the cloud.” Having installed unmanned computers in locations ranging from a slum wall in Delhi to a tree in remote India, Mitra documented children teaching themselves computer, language, and advanced science skills. Mitra’s conclusion: we can level the learning playing field by providing any group of children a computer and internet access plus three ingredients: encouragement, space to self-organize, and a wondrous question—how did the world begin? how will it end? what happens to the air we breat
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The Power of Immersive Experience

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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Perspectives
Our series to date has focused on the power of transformative immersive experiences to "direct" and “expand”. In the conversation below, Collective Nexters, Hamilton Ray, John Colaruotolo, and Gordon Eby join me for a virtual conversation around a third ingredient of immersion: “connection.”
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Marsha Dunn
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Interview
Experience marketing has stormed the gates of the brand and advertising world. This impactful approach, centered on events and live experiences, reminds us of the important role that immersive experiences play in forging human connection. CN’s Senior Principal Hamilton Ray and I had the pleasure of catching up with Ben Hawkins, Executive Producer at the experience marketing giant George P. Johnson. He gave us the inside scoop on maximizing the effectiveness of experience marketing.
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Renee Piazza
Friday, September 22, 2017
Case Study
Earlier this year I joined a group of colleagues in listening to a highly informed speaker on a topic of the utmost relevance to myself and my organization. I was so excited I could barely sit still—energized by all of the connections to my work, the possible impacts to the daily life of my team and our clients. My wheels were turning, creative juices flowing; I couldn’t wait to discuss what I had heard with my colleagues. And then…the presentation ended, and I along with everyone in the audience got up, exited the auditorium, and rushed to our next meeting. That moment, the one so ripe with opportunity, was lost. My colleagues and I had missed the chance to process the experience and possibly apply our insights while the ideas were fresh and the connections so alive.
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Mary Choi Smith
Monday, August 28, 2017
Ways of Working
It has been reported that Warren Buffett spends 80% of his day reading and thinking. In fact, he ascribes much of his success to a lifetime habit of reading 500 pages a day. “I read and I think” Buffett says. In other words, for Buffett carving out regular, focused time to gain new knowledge and expand his perspective is critical. What if you wanted to scale Buffets behavior to an entire leadership team? And what if you didn’t just want your leaders to reflect on their newfound knowledge individually, but rather to engage in a collective process of finding ways to apply their new ideas to the larger organization? As part of our immersive workshops we have found that engaging in an activity called “Read-Dialogue-Apply” allows organizational leaders a chance to experience such a scenario.
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Collective Next
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Ways of Working
Organizational leaders know how incredibly difficult it can be to design meetings and events that harness and direct the attention of participants in a sustained manner. But focus and flow are critically important to achieving exceptional outcomes (as discussed in our series opening). After decades of crafting and facilitating collaborative sessions, we’ve found that the following six strategies consistently produce game-changing levels of directed attention.
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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Interview
This series is a deep-dive into the Power of Immersive Experience to facilitate organizational change. Before turning focus to the business world, we wanted to glean insights from the realms of theater and high-tech performance art. You may remember the powerful “Love Has No Labels” ad campaign that went viral in 2015. It featured skeletons dancing and embracing behind a curtain before emerging from behind the x-ray screen to reveal themselves as diverse pairings of friends, families, and couples. With 160 million views, this video became the second most watched social activism ad of all time.
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