Story: Becoming Happy & Healthy

Posted on May 7th, by Mariette in 520 Stories. Comments Off

In the cluttered world of health services and pharmacy, Walgreen’s new positioning puts them on the “Corner of Healthy & Happy” – owning their own historic blend and a unique POV on how health happens.  520 collective’s ethnographic research helped uncover this point of view that has helped create new store environments, an innovative loyalty program as well as a powerful new ad campaign.

Story: Finding Your Tribe

Posted on May 7th, by Mariette in 520 Stories. Comments Off

Sometimes segmentations miss the biggest common denominators that move markets and make movements. For OWN the big idea was “Grow You” – creating a personal growth network as big as Oprah’s own personality.

Story: Political Candidate

Posted on May 6th, by Mariette in 520 Stories. Comments Off

In 2005, our “purpose-based” branding work for a major presidential candidate uncovered a new vision for collaborative leadership — starting from the ground up.

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How are Leaders Born

Posted on May 6th, by Gia Medeiros in Learn, Live. Comments Off

How are leaders born?
Leadership is not a title or position, it is a point of view, a disposition and most importantly a set of essential skills that help people take ownership of their lives and deal with challenges in a whole new way.  Leaders are creative, rather than reactive.  They are not victims or followers, but people who move forward with clarity and are not afraid to create needed change. Leadership starts from the inside out – with a conscious awareness of our own power that leads to collaboration with others to create change.  Through a combination of Awareness, Agency, Community and Action, grassroots leadership can move mountains.

This next generation of leaders must be trained from the ground up – and it includes all of us. We need to start tilling the garden of leaders in a new, more powerful … Read More »


Posted on May 6th, by Gia Medeiros in Grow, Learn. Comments Off

Human beings are ultra-social learners. We imitate, we learn from stories as well as
experiences, we can understand intentions, we can try what someone wants us to do.
We know from neuroscience that watching or imagining can be the equivalent of doing
(Thank your mirror neurons).

Children excel at social learning – being able to learn quickly from each other more than
other species (see the awesome NPR article here).

So I don’t have to experience everything to learn something. AND you can learn from
what I experience. You may even try to do something that I’ve failed at because you
know its something that we ultimately want to do.

If that’s true, perhaps all of this social connectivity through media and is leading to
something – a huge leap in experience may create a huge leap in consciousness. If
language allows us to write record and transmit human history; what … Read More »

Welcome to Collective Wisdom Blog

Posted on May 6th, by Gia Medeiros in Grow, Learn, Live, News. Comments Off

Here we stand on the shoulders of giants.

Jung coined the phrase “Collective Unconscious” to describe the vast reservoir
primordial thoughts and mythical motifs (archetypes) that seem to be innate and
inherited in the human species – like the basic pattern of muscle and bone we all have
in common. With the power of the collective, as species, we don’t have to re-create the
wheel of all of the knowledge that’s come before us. Wow.

Our Collective Wisdom blog takes off on this notion.

520 collective is an eclectic, entrepreneurial group of growth professionals and
innovators including coaches, consultants and creatives. We believe in the power of the
collective – its where the wisdom of crowds meets the genius of individuals.

This blog will be a place for us to learn and grow together. We’ll take on topics like
personal and professional growth, branding and marketing, creativity and innovation,
leadership, entrepreneurship, community … Read More »