• Nancy’s Blog: Uncorporate Culture.
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    As some have noticed, I’ve taken a little sabbatical from writing these past several weeks. Partly I’ve been immersed in learning and listening. Partly I’ve been wrestling with a topic that I finally see needs to be broken in to smaller bits. And partly, to be completely honest, because I started to feel like Lucy and Ethel at the end of the chocolate assembly line, with big ideas coming at me faster than I was able to effectively share them with you. Thanks for your patience.…

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  • Pinpointing This Week: Societal Transformation.
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    This week you’re in for a wild ride that will traverse the world of societal transformation across a diverse landscape; from exponential business (exploring the 2014 Business Book of the Year Winner, Exponential Organizations: Why New Organizations Are Ten Times Better, Faster and Cheaper Than Yours And What To Do About It), to how the roles of gender are shifting with huge implications (and opportunities) for brands that can navigate the new ‘unnorm’,…

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  • NANCY’S BLOG: Let’s All Say It: Prosumers.
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    Yesterday I was invited to read an advanced copy of a friend’s new marketing book on the unique needs and values of millennial parents. Though chock-full of pragmatic observations and inspiring brand examples, I was most excited to see Jeff Fromm celebrate the shift from “con”sumer to “pro”sumer. We all know that clever copy can change our perceptions (was laughing last night at the genius of the term “pre-owned”). But more profoundly, a change in language often…

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  • NANCY’S BLOG: (in)visible Teens.
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    It’s always exciting to talk about big shifts and how to tackle complex problems with bold ingenuity, but when we look to the future, one giant topic demands more of our attention than it often gets: the health and well-being of today’s youth. This week we focus our attention on those poised to inherit our past and create our future: teens. And in the process invite us all into a new conversation about what it might take to build more supportive structures and attitudes.   …

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  • NANCY’S BLOG: It’s All Connected.
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    Two weeks ago we dove into the current thinking on managing complexity. This past week we’ve extended that conversation by stepping back to appreciate the deep interconnectivity between things—and the need this creates to move away from short lived interventions and magic bullets to instead building truly systemic, congruent solutions. As I wrote last year: “It’s time we notice and respect that we are a vital part of increasingly interdependent systems… …

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