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Tricia Walker

How long is 150 years? Sure, it’s a decent span of time. But consider that only in the last 150 years, two very important decisions were made:

  • Slavery was abolished in the United States in 1865. (147 years ago!)
  • Women were given the right to vote in 1920. (92 years ago!)

How about 40 years? Now we’re talking within our own lifetime! Consider that only in the last 40 years, these decisions were made:

  • Homosexuality was...
Katia Greene

There is a moment before stepping out in front of a group of people who have come together to tackle a problem that requires all of your attention and ability when you have a decision to make. You can choose to approach the unknown as palpable ambiguity or malleable possibility. During this Friday’s Transcribe, we here at Collective Next discussed how we attempt to balance the necessary tight rope walk of preventing the bottom from dropping out and blowing the...

Mason Smith

In last Friday’s Transcribe, we discussed how a session is like a good book, you are engaged from start to finish, you experience each twist and turn side by side with the main characters, and it leaves you thinking in ways you had not considered before.

We recently supported a session for one of our clients that focused on facilitating innovative thinking. We visited several different organizations that live and breathe innovation and discussed the...

Evan Wondolowski

Can we foster mass collaboration for millions of people?

Years ago it would have been hard to even conceive of the possibility of millions of people communicating with each other. Today, it’s another story. Now, we can connect instantly to people and ideas from across the world. Staying connected has never been easier.

Digital collaboration is well under way. Open-source products are growing more and more each day. Thousands of people are working...

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...

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:


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...

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....

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).