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03/21/2014
Jimmy Guterman

For all the attention we pay to getting clients’ slides right for a talk, it’s worth noting that many of the most memorable talks at TED this week (so far) have come from people who have either used no slides (Zak Ebrahim, Jim Holt) or the most rudimentary accompaniment (Edward Snowden showed up inside a...

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10/22/2013
Jimmy Guterman

Last weekend, Collective Next supported TEDxSMU with two days of scribing. We’ll catch up with John Colaruotolo, Katie Dwyer, and Evan Wondolowski about their work and their impressions of the event. For now, we in the office are quite taken by this time-lapse video of what you would have seen if you spent a day at TEDxSMU watching our scribes in...

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10/18/2013
Jimmy Guterman

Most Fridays, we hold a Transcribe at Collective Next HQ. (Transcribes are weekly chats during which we share what we’ve learned recently and figure out what it means to us and our clients.) This is one of those rare Fridays when we aren’t holding one (many of us are offsite doing client work or supporting TEDxSMU), so we’ll direct you to a handful of our more popular recent Transcribe posts:

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11/09/2012
Mason Smith

Transcribe is not only a laboratory to test new ideas, it is also a test kitchen for tools that facilitate effective collaboration. The virtual world is becoming more and more mainstream and we at Collective Next have been considering how we can harness its power to bring people together and move them forward. At TEDx Boston 2012, we were introduced to the amazing vritual environment that AvayaLive offers and they were kind enought to build us a virtual office...

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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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09/30/2011
John Colaruotolo

I like driving. Not short trips to the store, but longer trips across town. Who doesn’t like a good road trip? When my wife and I get in the car to go on a trip, we both offer to drive first, and the first driver inevitably gets the wheel for the bulk of the trip. 

When I’m driving, something happens in my brain. Thoughts process on multiple levels, new ideas pop into view, connections are made between unrelated things. Lots of mental transactions are...

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08/26/2011
Mike LaRhette

Trolling a couple of good discussion boards on the discipline of Design Thinking, inevitably someone will ask the group: “Know any good books on design thinking?” The ensuing thread usually makes reference to some timeless classics as well as a good book that may have just been released. No self-promoting authors promoting their works, just recommendations from discussion group participants. The Design Thinking LinkedIn group, as well as the Design...

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11/13/2010
Kathy Clemons

In another great post, Jonah Lehrer explores The Cognitive Cost of Expertise. Through a process called “chunking,” we use our expertise and knowledge as a lens; it helps us quickly recognize patterns within our field of expertise. But that same ability creates a strong bias–we’re always trying to fit the patterns we see into our existing models.

It...

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