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Collective Creativity

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Geoff Amidei
Friday, May 19, 2017
Ways of Working
Let me take a wild guess: you work with other people. (Not bad, right?) Okay, here’s another one: You do a lot of thinking for your job, and most of the time, you think about ideas. (How am I doing?) Okay, last one: you are often compelled into a group to think with other people. And when that happens, the expectation is that you will be creative, outside the box, and that you will deliver an innovative “big idea.” (Pressure, right?)
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Marsha Dunn
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Interview
The Design Museum Boston just opened an exhibition showcasing designs generated during their recent Urban Innovation Festival. This festival invited innovators from multiple industries to participate in a 3-day urban design challenge focused on the area under Boston’s I-93 overpass. Their mission: “to improve the livability of the surrounding neighborhoods.” Ten design teams – Autodesk, Bose, CBT, Essential, Fidelity Labs, MassArt, Payette, Shepley Bulfinch, Stantec, and Wentworth worked on-site in public view to solve this challenge. Collective Next had the pleasure of facilitating the event and being inspired by the level of collective creativity on display. We checked-in with Liz Pawlak, Vice President of the Design Museum Foundation.
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Hamilton Ray
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Interview
Imagine bringing together over 20,000 stakeholders every year for a rousing event filled with music, poetry, skits, testimonials, big name speakers, and celebrations all focused on your organization’s mission and values? Since 2001, Sharp HealthCare has been doing just that. In his recent book, Market vs. Medicine: America’s Epic Fight for Better, Affordable Healthcare industry expert David Johnson describes the innovative efforts that Sharp’s and others are taking to transform healthcare delivery. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Dave to discuss how best to foster collaboration in an industry as complex as healthcare.
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Kristen Bailey
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Perspectives
Several years ago I worked on a team that was transitioning GSK’s office from downtown Philadelphia to the Philly Navy Yard. For employees, the move meant leaving familiar routines and all of the conveniences of central Philadelphia. But the geographical relocation wasn’t even the biggest change GSK employees faced. The office environment itself had been completely redesigned. Closed doors and cubicles were replaced by open layouts, people were assigned “neighborhoods” rather than offices, and terms like lap jacks and quiet booths became commonplace. GSK, like many companies, had realized that, among other things, an agile workplace is key to fostering collaboration and innovation.
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Marsha Dunn
Monday, March 20, 2017
Perspectives
Last year my 3-year old son and I responded to an open call to participate in an “interactive public art installation” at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Upon arriving, we marveled at artist Shay Church’s towering “forest” constructed out of layered laths of wood filling the lobby. In the brief onboarding that followed we—along with about two-dozen participants of all ages—received gloves, aprons and the simple instruction: cover the “trees” with clay. My son cast aside the gloves and went to work.
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David Rutley
Friday, March 3, 2017
Perspectives
The economy has seen significant top line growth, but consumers remain cost conscious and companies in mature industries face significant pressure to achieve savings through scale and efficiency. For companies seeking ambitious goals around cost reductions, the available levers appear limited. You can lay people off…cut professional services… close a location…terminate a product line... While it seems counter intuitive, this is the moment to hit pause and spend some time—even some money—on getting creative.
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Marsha Dunn
Friday, February 10, 2017
Think Piece
What do the salons of 18th century Paris and the format of molecular biology lab meetings in the 1990’s have to do with the culture of your organization? How is the leadership model at Pixar or eBay Germany relevant to your company’s oft-thwarted quest for innovation? The answer in the first instance: “liquid networks”; and in the second: “collective genius.”
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Our 2017 Blog Series

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Hamilton Ray
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
2017 Blog Series Overview
At Collective Next, we talk a lot about meaningful change and we distinguish it from just plain old change. Implicit in our use of the term “meaningful” are several interconnected ideas about the nature of the change (what) and the process by which it occurs (how)...
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Marsha Dunn
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
2017 Blog Series Overview
The turning of the calendar year brings the notion of change to the fore. The New Year excites with the potential for personal transformation while reminding us of its difficulty (this year I really am going to use my gym membership). Organizations, too, enter 2017 with renewed hopes of meaningful change and all the same challenges we face in overcoming inertia.
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AIML: Big Changes, Big Conversations

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Matt Saiia
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Final Reflections
Why is Collective Next involved in conversations about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML)? The answer is simple: We care about facilitating meaningful change. We know that the difference between human thriving and human struggles often rests upon the level of intentionality that we bring to our encounters with profound transition. As we look to the future, AIML stands out to us as a space of revolutionary change—with equal parts promise and uncertainty.
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