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Innovation

How to generate and get traction for new ideas – experimentation, design thinking, constraints analysis

Where Good Ideas Come From

Everyone is looking for ways to be more creative and make organizations more innovative. In…

OpenIDEO – Home

Are there ways to take what makes each of our arts institutions unique and capture that experience through technology? Is it just the “end product” that engages our communities, or are there opportunities throughout the entire process of creation and presentation?

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

As arts organizations face an increasing number of challenges, it might help us all to lighten the load by “unlearning” some things – Matt Ridley sketches out what a few of those things might be.

The Lowdown on Arts Downloading

Is your organization making its performances available outside your ‘regular’ venues? Do you think this will bring new audiences into your venue…or just let them see your work from afar?

To Curate

An interesting reflection on the growing use – and importance – of the word “curate” in a time when people are increasingly overwhelmed by information.

Why Can’t Big Companies Solve Big Problems?

How to enable hybrid thinking to solve problems in your organization.

RSA Animate – extraordinary ’21st century enlightenment’

From the RSA in London, a gaggle of animated videos from their public events series.

How the Magazine Industry Can Save Itself

This is an interesting piece from FastCompany about the challenges of content providers, which I think has important implications for arts organizations.

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Steven Johnson is an amazing thinker and this book raises intriguing questions for how cultural programming might be designed in the future.

If you dislike change, you’re going to dislike irrelevance even more – Shinseki

A post on the choice facing so many arts and cultural organizations today- whether to change to continue to be relevant.

Nonprofits, Innovation, and Performance Measurement: Separating Fact from Fiction

A recent study from Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies on constraints on innovation in the NP sector (incl. arts specifically).