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Innovation

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

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.

Will the recession mean theatre takes fewer risks?

As an arts leader, how do you balance financial and creative risks?

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).

Design Thinking for Social Innovation | Stanford Social Innovation Review

An article on the use of design thinking for tackling systemic social problems.

What advice would you give to someone rebuilding an arts organization?

Ab Sengupta, General Manager of Da Camera of Houston, talks about arts organizations finding ways of sharing resources that will reinforce each others’ missions.

Do arts institutions need to change their business models?

Tracy S. Harris, Chief Financial Officer of The BondFactor Company and NAS board member, discusses the need for innovation in arts and culture organizations.

Dancing into the Future: A White Paper from Ballet Memphis

A white paper co-authored by NAS and Ballet Memphis examines the learning during the phase of Ballet Memphis’ reinvention, tackling the changing environment and market for dance.