The Chief Executive Program™
National Arts Strategies has put $250,000 into an innovative marketplace to help finance the new ideas that participants generate during The Chief Executive Program. This Investment Marketplace is engineered to encourage collaboration across this exceptional group of executives. It is engineered to put control and decision-making in the hands of the program participants, who know the issues facing the cultural sector and their organizations intimately. It is engineered to allow participants to move quickly into discussion with their colleagues and move just as quickly into action once they have the investment support they need. And it is engineered to encourage action on the big ideas that are so hard to get off the ground.
The Investment Marketplace is an online market built on a “crowd funding” model and will be available only to this leadership community. Each participant will control an equal share of the fund. Participants can propose projects; discuss, collaborate, and improve on proposals; and select the projects in which they want to invest their money. Executives may choose to invest in a project they proposed, or a project led by one of their colleagues – each participant will determine which ideas will move the needle the furthest for their organization and the field.
The Marketplace will be an integrated piece of The Chief Executive Program’s learning community. The online space will allow for continued discussion and collaboration as projects progress, using updates shared by the project leaders. Lessons, results, and deliverables from projects will be accessible to everyone in the community. The goal? That each action taken through the marketplace helps build the collective knowledge of this community and sparks even more creative action.
The Investment Marketplace builds off of some existing ideas in the funding world to create a unique approach to the distribution of a grant pool. Jim Rosenberg, one of our Vice Presidents here at NAS, explains how the Marketplace will work in this video.
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.