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News + Updates: Leading Innovation

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 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!



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.


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!



NAS Announces Fellowship Recipients for Leading Innovation

The 2010 Organization Fellowship recipients for Leading Innovation have been announced. Each of organizations receiving a fellowship will be sending a team to participate in the seminar taking place in Washington, D.C., March 4-5 at no cost.

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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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