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07/30/2012
Mason Smith

We here at CN are fired up about the Olympics, so they were an easy pick for Friday’s Transcribe topic. It was also easy for us all to agree that the Olympics are a collaborative event, yet after an hour of discussion questions remained regarding how they are collaborative.

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07/19/2012
Matt Saiia

One of my favorite parts of leading Collective Next is watching good ideas emerge, take root, and grow without my involvement. One such idea has been Transcribe Live in the Lab, a meeting of the minds every Friday afternoon with the simple goal of seeing what percolates. This whitespace has become an important forum for us as a community to engage each other in conversations that are normally squeezed out by the demands of delivering work and running a...

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07/06/2012
John Colaruotolo

Several of our CN scribes, Tricia Walker, John Colaruotolo, and Evan Wondolowski, whisked away to Edinburough, Scotland on June 25 on the heels of TEDxBoston for TEDGlobal 2012. Here are their posts from abroad.

 

Hello, Edinburgh! View from my hotel:

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06/15/2012
Mason Smith

Execution is every organizations dirty little secret. Creative organizations and creative people are continuously attempting to balance feverishly meeting looming deadlines and still finding time to dream. We here at Collective Next were intrigued by the perceived dichotomy that exists between execution and creativity during this week’s Transcribe Live in the Lab.

Many artists, and creative people in general, are often stereotyped as not being good...

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06/01/2012
Geoff Amidei

Another Friday, another attempt here at Collective Next to practice what we preach and gather together to think better and move innovative ideas forward.

Today we went a little meta, that is, we—a group of professionals engaged in the formal practice of helping other groups of people collaborate most effectively in order to find the most creative solutions to their most vexing challenges—had a wide...

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05/04/2012
Mason Smith

Every Friday, we here at Collective Next attempt to practice what we preach and gather together to think better and move innovative ideas forward. Today we were excited by Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle”, which illustrates several interesting examples of people overcoming resistance and the key ingredients necessary to achieve full creative potential....

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05/24/2012
Mason Smith

We facilitate many sessions all around the world from President Obama’s Commencement speech in Kalamazoo, Michigan to events in Brussels and Asia. Most of these sessions last one to three days, but you never know when or where the scribing done during the event will end up. Some organizations display it in their offices, some use it to continue to communicate ideas, and some use it to announce the launching of a new product.

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05/18/2012
David Rutley

Our weekly transcribe in the lab conversation this week hinged on several topics related to collaboration – including examples of collaboration in theater, the importance of collaboration to small businesses as an underserved population, and examples of collaboration in pop culture (with the specific example of the uber-popular Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins).

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05/15/2012
Kathy Clemons

We regularly deal with complicated, complex issues: challenges of cultural change, market fluctuations, leadership, and more. And, personally, there is a part of me that loves that challenge, that impulse to understand the whole picture, all the moving parts and potential risks. And the thrill that comes from pulling it all together into an elegant design, that solution that just hums. It can be intoxicating and all-encompassing.

And sometimes, whether...

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05/14/2012
John Colaruotolo

Every Friday, we here at Collective Next attempt to practice what we preach and gather together to think better and move innovative ideas forward. Today we were inspired by this TED Talk by Terry Moore describing his epiphany regarding the best way to tie your shoes.

Terry Moore bought an expensive pair of shoes, yet the shoelace kept untying. The salesman informed Moore that he was tying his shoe...

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05/04/2012
Mason Smith

Every Friday, we here at Collective Next attempt to practice what we preach and gather together to think better and move innovative ideas forward. Today we were inspired by this Washington Post article describing a social experiment involving one of the world’s premier musicians, the Washington DC metro, and “one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin that is worth $3.5 million.”

Joshua Bell,...

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