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News + Updates: Innovation Theme

Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture Now Open for Enrollment

Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture is back and open for enrollment on Coursera! This course is designed to help those in the arts and culture sector build environments where new management and program ideas are created, shared, evaluated and the best ones are successfully put to work.

We worked with David Owens at Vanderbilt University to customize this course for those working in the cultural sector. Over eight weeks, you will take a deep dive into these questions:

  • What are the conditions for successful innovation?
  • What causes innovation to fail?
  • What allows creative people to be creative?
  • How should I manage an innovative team?
  • What is an innovation portfolio and how can I manage one?

 
Enrollment is free and presented online through Coursera. You will join a global cohort of colleagues and leave ready to better manage creativity, innovation and change.
 

 
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Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture: Get Your Team Together

 
Curious about how to participate in Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture as a team? We’ve received several unique responses to our suggestion that this course is ideal for individuals or team participation.
 
A team from an arts service organization shared their plans to enroll in the course, watch the course lectures together in their conference room and talk through discussion points in real time, creating a team building and learning environment throughout the organization.
 
We know that for some it may be difficult to gather a team of colleagues you work with on a weekly basis. While teams can be from your organization, they can also include people from across organizations. Sam Oliver at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans and Morgan Sasser at the Arts Council of New Orleans shared their plans to create a cross-organizational group to complete the course together. Sam and Morgan plan to gather a team of young professionals working in arts and cultural organizations across the city to work through the course together. This unique team structure will allow for members to watch lectures on their own time and come together to apply the learning. By working together on the course, this young professionals group will build relationships between organizations in the New Orleans community.
 
Teams can also be made up of members across locations. The online platform provides the perfect space for sharing and collaboration throughout the sector, regardless of time zone.
 
Still don’t have a team in mind? Don’t worry! Once the course begins, you can search for a team or for others to join your team using the class discussion board dedicated to this topic or you can choose to participate in the course individually without completing a team innovation project.
 
Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture is now open for free enrollment on Coursera. Class begins on September 16.

 

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Free Online Innovation Course Specifically for Arts and Culture

Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture open for enrollment on Coursera

Innovation. It’s the buzzword that everyone loves to talk about and often only in grand terms. What is the next big thing? How do we make radical change? We like to think of innovation as more integrated into what you do like finding new ways to realize your mission, to raise funds, to deliver programs and to use your resources effectively. Innovation is not mysterious or other, but it is tough to do really well. Whether you are taking on radical changes or making continuous improvements, Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture, will give you the tools you need.

This free online course was developed by David Owens at Vanderbilt University and customized for the cultural sector by National Arts Strategies. Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture is designed to help you answer the following types of questions:

  • What are the conditions for successful innovation?
  • What causes innovation to fail?
  • What allows creative people to be creative?
  • How should I manage an innovative team?
  • What is an innovation portfolio and how can I manage one?

 
Through video lectures with embedded quizzes, team exercises, readings, diagnostic surveys and weekly reflection papers, this course will help your team develop an “innovation strategy” on your own time. This highly interactive 8-week course is designed for those involved in arts and culture around the globe in all types of cultural organizations. Participation is ideal for teams and creates a great opportunity to form a team at your office to learn together and push a project forward.

We know that not everyone has the same learning objectives or available time, so this course is offered at two levels of engagement. The Standard Level allows students to engage in the course materials and discussions without completing an innovation project, while the Studio Mastery Level gives students the opportunity to apply the class material by completing an innovation project in a small team.

Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture begins on September 16, 2014 on Coursera. Join colleagues around the world to build environments where ideas are created, shared, evaluated and the best ones are successfully put to work.

 

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Leading Innovation Teams Selected

Twelve teams have been selected to participate in our upcoming Leading Innovation seminar, July 19-20 in Nashville, TN. These teams represent a diverse mix of disciplines, budget sizes and geographic locations. At Leading Innovation, teams will explore the innovation process through frameworks that will help them generate, select and plan the implementation of innovative solutions to the challenges their organizations face. We look forward to working with these leaders next month!

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Apply for Leading Innovation by Friday!

The long weekend is over and many are getting excited for summer. You can make the most of your summer by attending Leading Innovation this July in Nashville!

Held at Vanderbilt University July 19-20, Leading Innovation will help you think about how innovation can become a systematic result in your organization – exploring ways to take advantage of great ideas and how to put those ideas into action.
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What’s holding you back?

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 following the same processes they have used for decades. In an under-resourced and highly demanding environment, we often devote our energy to putting out the fires and can have hard time thinking past our immediate needs. So the cycle repeats. What if you could instead take those thought-provoking ideas and use them to change your organization? (more…)

 

Attend Leading Innovation in Nashville

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 overall strategy. You’ll explore ways to create effective and innovative ideas by leveraging all of your organization’s talent. The seminar, taught by Vanderbilt professor Dr. David Owens, is a highly interactive, hands-on experience involving class discussions and team exercises incorporating tools that can be shared and re-used for years to come. At Leading Innovation, you will develop your skills to:

  • Analyze constraints on innovation in your organization, foresee obstacles and opportunities and develop a shared vision
  • Develop a process to manage the demands of multiple stakeholders, shifting priorities and the uncertainty inherent in new initiatives
  • Create a culture for innovation and risk-taking that generates new perspectives and challenges existing practice
  • Create a strong customer focus for your organization that anticipates customer needs

 

You can name your own price to attend this seminar, and travel support is also available.

Learn more about Leading Innovation or Apply by May 31!

 

 

Leading Innovation Seminar in Washington, D.C.

The next seminar being offered with the 2010 Organization Fellowship is Leading Innovation. This seminar will be presented March 4-5 in Washington, D.C. This working session provides teams with tools and a process to generate, evaluate and successfully implement new ideas. Applications to attend will be accepted until January 15.

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