“Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations” David A. Lax and James K. Sebenius Harvard Business Review, November 2012 Negotiations can be like puzzles – with pieces that fit together in one way to achieve a coherent image. I think of them as coalition building where the sequence and psychology is important but there [...]
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National Arts Strategies is excited to announce our newest initiative, Field Notes. Field Notes is an ArtsJournal-hosted blog, and is our way to share ideas from conversations with cultural leaders and innovative thinkers, and from our experience working in the sector. The entire NAS team will contribute our observations and insights, and we share a [...]
Doug Borwick of the popular ArtsJournal blog Engaging Matters has released a new book, Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S. In Building Communities, Borwick posits that the future success of arts organizations is dependent upon establishing real, deep connections with their communities. The book features the essay “Changing Our Future” [...]
My teenage son recently asked me during a conversation about brainstorming, “do we really need rules for everyone to follow?” I had just finished reading Jonah Lehrer’s “Groupthink” in The New Yorker and recalled his remark, “The fatal misconception behind brainstorming is that there is a particular script we should all follow in group interactions.” [...]
As in other nonprofit sectors, most energy and resource in our sector is focused on what the authors call “isolated impact” at the organizational level. Can the full value of arts and culture in society, to enhance lives and deepen democracy, be realized through this approach or do these complex possibilities need a different strategy? [...]
Changes in the environment – economic, demographic and social – may challenge the health of an organization. How can a leader improve his or her organization’s financial strength so that it can nimbly adapt and adjust to these changes? In “The New Nature of Money,” Peter Frumkin explores a framework for thinking about financial [...]
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 [...]
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