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A response to the 10-point Action Plan in the UK

On December 8th, Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced…

All Together: A Creative Approach to Organisational Change

This report describes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s creative response to external changes that allowed it to grow while staying true to its core mission.

Creating a Customer-Centric Business

Professor Ranjay Gulati of Harvard Business School discusses how organizations can become more customer (or audience)-centric and why this is a critical time for them to do so.

To Get Paid What You’re Worth, Know Your Disruptive Skills

An interesting thought on what you’re selling (and therefore emphasizing) to your organization. Are you trumpeting the right things?

Advocating for Arts in the Classroom

Mark Bauerlein has made a truly splendid argument for the real and important intrinsic value of the arts in our education system.

Mapping Business Models

This post introduces an interesting, knowledge-game approach to understanding and developing an organization’s strategic direction. It includes a mapping tool and suggestions for how to create a team session which can be focused in any number of ways.

Diane Ragsdale on Surviving the Cultural Change (Version 4.0)

This transcript is of Diane Ragsdale’s keynote “Surviving the Cultural Change (Version 4.0)” at the Arts Alliance Illinois Members’ Meeting on June 21, 2010. In this speech she challenges arts organizations to adapt to the cultural changes that have been taking place.

The Limits of Nonprofit Impact – HBS Working Paper

This working paper argues that while performance measurement is a helpful management tool, it is not always appropriate to focus on impacts depending on the scale and scope of an organization’s activities and theory of change.

There Are No Crises, Only Tough Decisions

In this keynote address delivered at the joint annual conferences of Chorus America and The League of American Orchestras, Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of National Arts Strategies, explores the extraordinary opportunities that arts organizations have today.

The Atlantic :: Magazine :: How to Save the News

An article on the future of journalism.

Your Brain on Computers – Attached to Technology and Paying a Price – NYTimes.com

Another brief read (I wouldn’t ask you to concentrate at length) on the false economy of multitasking – including the price paid even when offline…and interpersonally.

The New Work of the Nonprofit Board

This article describes how to leverage the collective knowledge and networks of your board of directors so they are able to provide your organization with the strategic direction and support it needs.