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I know you won’t judge me

Dearest Sanctuaries,  I deeply appreciate the love, compassion, and care with which you treat me.…

You’re the best

Dear Arts Wisconsin, I’m writing this letter to let you know that I love you.…

I am still feeling the same glow

  A patron, artist, writer and poet shares: Dear Carrack Gallery, I’d like to thank…

Dear, Bench Diary

  “Welcome to my backyard! It’s the funniest thing just before I sat down I…

Love, Hate & Design Research

There are some very successful design researchers who routinely ask customers to write love notes or break up notes to their brands. This creative and fun approach can (often unwittingly) get powerful insight into the perceptions of customers.

The Importance of Play

Embracing failure is something I’ve worked very hard on in my life. When I first…

The Weight of Failure

During 20 years of employment in organizations and companies, I rarely experienced failure to a…

Failure is an Option?

When conducting recent audience research with colleagues last year, we were stricken to hear from…

Who is Allowed to Fail?

When presented with this question of failure, I ask myself a lot of times who gets to fail and who doesn’t get to fail.

Scarcity, Abundance and Finding Your Own Way to Fail

“Let’s run an experiment and see what happens.” I say these words at least twice…

In a Risk-Averse Society, Failure is Our Way Forward

Classically trained artists and performers are typically possessed of levels of discipline, rigor and tenacity…

Lessons from Failure

Evaluation is not something that should merely be done by oneself, given that your reputation…

Worstward Ho! Is That How You Spell F-A-I-L-U-R-E?

The above quote from Beckett’s penultimate novella has become a popular battle cry of enlightened…

You’re Among the Greats

The next time you fail, you will know that you are never alone. You’re among creative…

A Design Thinking Frame of Mind

Gain Empathy: Reflect Gain Empathy: Dig Deeper Reframe: Infer Insights Reframe: Set A Goal Creation:…

On Failure and Fun

In this video, Beth Kanter, discusses the prominent resistance to using failure in the nonprofit sector…

When You Might Want to Worry

It’s day four of our journey in the land of failure. To date, the news has…

It’s a Shark.

Have you ever wanted to take a chance on a new idea or project but found yourself hesitating? Why? It could be because you realize there is a chance it might fail, so you find yourself afraid to follow through.

Setting Intention

Each morning during the Creative Community House, a cornerstone component to the Creative Community Fellows program, we…

Complex Problem? Fail Your Way to a Solution.

1. “You have to cast a wide net” 2. “’Practice failing” in a safe space’”…

The Story Behind Toy Story

Why are Pixar’s movies such a huge success? Creative successes might be more related to…

10 Reasons We Fail

There are a myriad of reasons that we fail, from plain bad luck to miscommunication…

Fail Better

Whenever possible, take on specific projects. Make detailed promises about what success looks like and…

What is failure?

What is failure? How do you define it? Is it really the worst thing that…

Failure… without Platitudes

We talk about the positive consequences of failure as though they are naturally occurring, like your idea blows up in your face and you are suddenly imbued with insight and a blueprint for future success. It just doesn’t happen that way.

The Ideation Summit: Transforming Stakeholders into Collaborators

Conversations about critical issues happen all the time. Conferences, blogs and community meetings offer any…

When there is a problem, there is a solution

Md. Harun Sheikh (father) and Sahara Md. Sheikh (daughter) who participated at “Doodle with Dad”…

How to Eat an Elephant

Thank you, I believe I am ready to order.  I will have the elephant, please.…

Core Values & Cupcakes

An Ideation Summit is a process that transforms stakeholders with divergent interests into collaborators. It…

What I Talk About When I Talk About Open (Education)

In late April, NAS attended the Open Education Global Conference 2015 in Banff, Canada. We…

The Myth of the Lone Genius: A Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture Conversation

Photo by Olivier Carré-Delisle via Flickr We’ve just wrapped our first Massively Open Online Course…

The Leader and The Manager: A Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture Conversation

Photo by Olivier Carré-Delisle via Flickr The conversations that took place between the participants in…

Design Thinking

Design thinking is an iterative process that helps you move from having a seed of an idea to a plan for experimenting on a small scale. Using design thinking, which is based in the scientific method, helps you question your assumptions and explore a wide range of possible solutions to the problem you are trying to solve.

A Journey from Concept to Prototype

“WHO WILL WE BUILD?” This is the cryptic conceptual question that I posed at the…

Skunk Works: A Place for Innovation

Does your organization have a Skunk Works®? It should.

Making Innovation Happen

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines what it takes to make innovation happen.

Where Innovation Happens

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, suggests that innovation happens when risk and reward are inverted.

Finding Resources for Innovation

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, answers those who say they don’t have enough money to experiment.

Using Design Thinking

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines some misconceptions about Design Thinking.

Design Thinking: Solving Right Problem

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about the importance of challenging your question to ensure you are solving the right problem.

Design Thinking: Sampling Extreme Users

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, discusses the benefit you can gain from looking outside your everyday users and audiences.

Design Thinking: Experiment Forward

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about the iterative approach of Design Thinking.

Design Thinking: How to Effectively Brainstorm

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, shares the Design Thinking approach to brainstorming.

The Summit at Sundance: Cultural Sector Ideation

We prepared a report that documents the ideas generated and some of the materials used to help participants frame the issues and work on the solutions at our Summit at Sundance.

How do you re-engineer a cultural institution with a long history and numerous stakeholders?

Brian Ferriso, the Marilyn H. & Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum, talks about how incremental changes over time have built a sustainable and vibrant path for the Portland Art Museum.

Stories from the Field: The Walters Art Museum

How does a museum whose model is still about long-term planning and execution of big exhibitions take a page from the tech sector?

Empathy Map

This lesson, developed by NAS in partnership with Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, will walk you through a process to help you understand the circumstances and needs of the client.

Brainstorming Effectively

Brainstorming can be a powerful tool to help your team effectively generate ideas. In the Design Thinking process, it is used in the Ideation phase – after you have gathered information about the people you want to serve and are ready to formulate ideas on how to best address the problem at hand. As with any tool, how it is applied can make all the difference. Brainstorming can lead to mixed results, however we suggest that leading a group through this distinct process will yield the best outcome.

Brainstorming Effectively

An homage to instructional films of the late 1950s, this tongue-in-cheek short by the NAS team looks at the trials and tribulations of running a brainstorming meeting and outlines some useful techniques.

Shut Up and Take My Money: Fans Should Hire Artists

We’ve been having some interesting discussions with cultural leaders about the relevance of cultural organizations…

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