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Collective Creativity

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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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Marsha Dunn
Monday, December 5, 2016
Interview
Katherine Gorman is a Podcast Producer at Collective Next and one of the founders of the popular show Talking Machines, which she co-hosts with former Harvard Professor Ryan Adams. While not a scientist herself, Katherine has long been fascinated by the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML) and wanted to create a forum for conversing with experts in the field. One of her goals has been to broaden the conversation about AIML and the show is notable for having “human conversation” about this highly technical material.
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Marsha Dunn
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Interview
We recently had the pleasure of working with John C. Havens at Innotribe at Sibos 2016. John is an author and speaker focused on emerging technology and human well-being. His latest book, Heartificial Intelligence, argues that the “technological pinnacle” reached through the creation of intelligent machines requires us to “elevate the quest to honor humanity and to best define how AI can evolve it.” I had the opportunity to speak with John shortly after he presented at Sibos.
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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Interview
Collective Next recently had the pleasure of working with Michell Zappa at Innotribe at Sibos in Geneva. Michell is a technology thinker, information designer, self-proclaimed futurist, and founder of Envisioning, a virtual research institute. During his presentation in Geneva, he shared a Paul Graham quote, “When experts are wrong, it's often because they're experts on an earlier version of the world.” Far from being an expert on an outdated era, Michell has dedicated himself to finding ways to envision our technology rich future. I had an opportunity to speak with him in-depth just after his return from Switzerland.
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Collective Next
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Perspectives
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML) are complex topics that appear daunting—even threatening—to most of us. So how do we begin to build our collective understanding of this field? And once we do, once we move from haze and hype to information and insight, what are the actual opportunities and threats we will find ourselves grappling with?
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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Think Piece
"AI is the new electricity.” So stated artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) expert Andrew Ng during MIT’s EmTech Digital Conference this year. Electricity, as a commodity, was initially perceived as an additive ingredient that might contribute to incremental change, observes Ng. In retrospect, of course, we know it “transformed everything.” Ng gives two quick examples of the “unexpected ramifications” of electricity: electric refrigeration, which (no big deal) “changed the entire food supply chain system”; and electric motors, which (casually) revolutionized virtually every form of human industry.
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Leading by Listening

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Marsha Dunn
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Interview
Somi Kim knows how to listen on a scale that most of us can only wonder at. As Senior Director of Healthcare Solutions at Johnson & Johnson Design, listening and responding to the needs of a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders is central to Somi’s role. She generously agreed to speak with us about the unique insights she has gleaned over the years.
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