We’re lucky to work in a field with a bounty of creative and interesting thinkers. In the cultural field, casual conversations can lead to some inspiring and innovative ideas, but these ideas can sometimes get lost in the bustle of our daily work. So often, cultural organizations find themselves stuck executing the same programs and [...]
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National Arts Strategies will present Leading Innovation July 19-20 in Nashville, TN. Leading Innovation is a two-day seminar in which your team will work together to clearly define innovation and its role in your organization, to examine your environment for new approaches and to develop specific insights that can be used to integrate innovation into your [...]
Scholar, lecturer and teacher, Diane Ragsdale, asks some important questions about sustainability in the arts – what it means for organizations and for the field.
The most meaningful innovations come from deep and precise understanding of the circumstances and needs of the client. Used in the Inspiration stage of the Design Thinking process, the Empathy Map is a tool for compiling and analyzing information about the people you want to serve. This lesson, developed by NAS in partnership with Suzi Sosa, Executive Director of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge at the University of Texas at Austin, will walk you through creating your own map with your team.
After years of incremental efforts to reduce energy use and be more sustainable, the Denver Zoo decided to take a more strategic approach. The result has been not only a system that will convert more than 90 percent of their waste into usable energy but also a culture of innovation among the staff.
We’ve been having some interesting discussions with cultural leaders about the relevance of cultural organizations in their current forms. This article adds some food for thought. Kickstarter and similar crowdfunding sites are becoming platforms for “intermediaries” as well as artists and producers. Individuals are taking on the roles of commissioning, producing, and presenting new work [...]
With that helpful and perhaps needed disclaimer out of the way, writer/designer/consultant Helen Waters pens a lengthy and thought-provoking dissection of what design thinking isn’t, what it can’t do, clues to why it has been at times oversold…and why it is still well worth considering the real value it provides. And why designers may have [...]
Suzi Sosa is the Executive Director of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge at UT Austin and a member of The Chief Executive Program New Nature of Money faculty. In this clip she explains the concept of Design Thinking.
This brief article from Scott Anthony, of Innosight and the author of The Little Black Book Of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It, looks at consumer needs and innovation opportunities. Also mentioned in the article is The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton M. Christensen and Michael Raynor. Along with The Innovator’s Dilemma by Christensen [...]
Jeff DeGraff is professor of management and organizations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a member of The Chief Executive Program’s New Nature of Competition faculty. In this clip he talks about the importance of diversity in innovation
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The complex issues involved in leading a cultural nonprofit today can challenge even the most skilled management team. Using our first-hand experience in the arts and working with faculty from leading business and graduate schools, we deliver executive-level programs that help you find new opportunities, manage your resources and lead your organization toward its mission.
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