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Mason Smith
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Perspectives
Collective Next recently launched an open conversations series dedicated to finding—and inventing—best practices around the way we work now. Our first discussion, Working Better, Virtually, yielded a lively and engaged conversation about our lives today, and the realities of getting through our workdays during this period of historic disruption.
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Bree Sanchez
Friday, April 3, 2020
Perspectives
Along with other parents of school-age children, I have found many virtual water cooler conversations these days revolving around the new, unexpected, and daunting task of “homeschooling.” Being an effective teacher is part art, part science, and at least 50% magic—or rather, wisdom that only comes with experience. As we bemoaned our inability to deliver on our outsized expectations, we started to recognize a pattern in the challenges we are facing:
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Kristen Bailey
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Perspectives
Challenge: Our client, a Fortune 100 company, needed to develop a three-year Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy. Their goal was to engage approximately 100 representatives from North America, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, and Asia Pacific in shaping the D&I vision and priorities. This inclusive approach needed to be successfully carried out entirely via virtual workshops.
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Dave Rutley
Friday, March 6, 2020
Perspectives
In the face of travel restrictions resulting from COVID-19, organizational leaders around the globe need to broker critical collaborations between business partners via video conferencing. What is more, these meetings often involve upwards of 20-30 people. What can you do to ensure that your virtual meetings are a success?
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Collective Next
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Our Team
Katherine grew up in Plymouth, Michigan, a place she describes as “halfway between Detroit and Ann Arbor, in every way from demographics to economics. Katherine’s passion for radio began with involvement at her high school radio station and developed further while apprenticing at NPR’s affiliate station in Ann Arbor during her college years. She went on to work for WYPR in Baltimore and WBUR in Boston as part of NPR’s Here and Now team. Radio proved a vehicle for Katherine to explore her fascination with science. She has just wrapped her fourth season as host of the podcast Talking Machines, which focuses on “human conversations about machine learning.”
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Collective Next
Friday, February 1, 2019
Our Team
“If I had a million dollars I’d still be at Collective Next, but I’d build my own studio to mash up songs, combine lyrics, mix-up beats on the side...” So waxes Solution Designer Mason Smith, the now not-so-closeted rap fan, whose favorite current album is Macklemore’s Gemini. While he is working on that, Mason says he is more than happy going on family hikes, coaching his kids’ soccer and hockey teams, and rocking out in the car. Every January for the past twelve years, Mason and his brother have traveled to Lake Nokomis in Minnesota to compete in the US Pond Hockey Championships. Their team has had their ups and downs, but one year they may well bring home the grand prize…a golden shovel.
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Collective Next
Monday, January 14, 2019
Our Team
Solution Designer Renee Piazza grew up in New Jersey (with “the hair to prove it,” as she says). She stayed in the tri-state area to attend Rutgers undergrad and Pratt for grad school. Today she lives in Boston with her husband and two daughters, with whom she is currently many rounds into a fierce battle of Uno. She is also a self-confessed podcast junkie, regularly devouring episodes of the Hidden Brain and On Being. Recently she especially enjoyed hearing TED’s Chris Anderson speak about “the lessons of listening” on The Ezra Klein Show.
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Collective Next
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Perspectives
For over a decade, Collective Next has had the privilege of working with Jill Cress who currently serves as Chief Marketing, Brand and Communications Officer of National Geographic Partners. Most recently, Solution Designer John Colaruotolo partnered with Jill to design and facilitate a strategic workshop focused on National Geographic’s extraordinary Planet or Plastic initiative. We had the pleasure of talking with Jill and John about Planet or Plastic and the role of collaboration in making it a success.
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Learning in a Modern Age

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Marsha Dunn
Monday, March 25, 2019
Interview
Collective Next’s leadership and development programs embrace a model of 21st Century leadership development that maximizes the potential of self-directed learning. We believe—and have seen time and again—that leadership skills develop and thrive most effectively under conditions of autonomy, the pursuit of mastery and a well-defined purpose. Collective Next-ers Kris Henry and Mason Smith are here to discuss the challenges and benefits of approaching leadership development in these ways.
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