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You Gotta Know Why

In a discussion with several CEOs of cultural organizations about access, accessibility and community, the conversation kept circling back to the question of “Why?”

Cooking, peaches and tasting the arts

    I am a product of the slow food movement. Kind of. Maybe Diane…

Logic Models

Creative Community Tools National Arts Strategies has developed a set of lessons to help cultural…

Arts as an Engine of Unrest Or, How the Arts Ruined a Perfectly Good Childhood

For many, the power of arts lies in its ability to bring people joy. For me, art matters because of its ability to do just the opposite.

Comments We Can’t Ignore

This week, a guest column by Robert Reich entitled “What ‘charity’ should really mean” appeared on the Christian…

The Possibilities of a Children’s Art Museum

Last weekend my daughter and I spent the morning at the National Zoo. She turns…

Three Strategic Planning Challenges

I’ve found myself thinking about three challenges in strategic planning that we see in our work, and I wanted to release these thoughts into the wild and see what happens.

Becoming Indispensable

Editor’s note:  As part of our online discussion around The Summit at Sundance, we have invited…

Relinquishing Control

Editor’s note: As part of our blog event for The Summit at Sundance, we have…

Stories from the Field: Measuring Impact

Over the past three or four years that I’ve worked in the US cultural sector,…

What’s your mandate?

What would the pundits say about your organization? What is your mandate?

The Competing Values Framework

Welcome to the world of the Competing Values Framework – a tool that allows organizations…

Holding Up the Arts: Can we sustain what we’ve created? Should we?

A transcript of Diane Ragsdale’s speech in which she examined the meaning and implications of sustainability and the life cycle of organizations, including the idea that death is a necessary part of the arts ecosystem.

Is social media changing your model, maybe?

Summer’s winding down, and I’m sure most of you have heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call…

In Defense of Logic Models

There has been a great deal of conversation, debate (and informational video) around logic models…

Is Opera a Sustainable Art Form?

Diane Ragsdale shares an excerpt from her keynote address on the topic, “Is Opera a Sustainable Art Form?” from the Opera Europa conference in February.

Don’t throw that home run ball back!

Baseball fans have taken to throwing back home runs hit by the opposing team, a practice this author decries as “the worst tradition in baseball.” This article on the trend made me think about one of the challenges we face every day in arts and culture.

Of mental models and doorknobs

In a rapidly changing environment, examining and recognizing our mental models is essential if we are to shape organizations that have the resilience to adapt to change.

Note on Technology as a Strategic Tool

How can organizations embrace new IT models to maximize workflow and productivity while reducing IT costs?

IBM’s Centenary: The Test of Time

The article points to a useful question for cultural leaders: does your artistic mission need to be so intimately tied to a specific “technology,” and if it does, what additional challenges should you therefore expect to face as a leader?

When Business Meets Culture: Ideas and Experiences for Mutual Profit

In this book, eight academics look at the strategic, cultural, and marketing parallels between for…

A New Type of Hybrid

A comparison of the nonprofit and commercial models, and the introduction of a hybrid that may be more appealing.

Rethinking Capitalism

In this video interview on Rethinking Capitalism, Michael Porter (of Porter’s Five Forces fame, among…

A response to the 10-point Action Plan in the UK

On December 8th, Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced…

All Together: A Creative Approach to Organisational Change

This report describes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s creative response to external changes that allowed it to grow while staying true to its core mission.

Creating a Customer-Centric Business

Professor Ranjay Gulati of Harvard Business School discusses how organizations can become more customer (or audience)-centric and why this is a critical time for them to do so.

To Get Paid What You’re Worth, Know Your Disruptive Skills

An interesting thought on what you’re selling (and therefore emphasizing) to your organization. Are you trumpeting the right things?

What’s an organization for?

With many folks talking about the need for new business models to make arts organizations more sustainable, The Artful Manager’s Andrew Taylor takes the discussion a bit further.

Advocating for Arts in the Classroom

Mark Bauerlein has made a truly splendid argument for the real and important intrinsic value of the arts in our education system.

Mapping Business Models

This post introduces an interesting, knowledge-game approach to understanding and developing an organization’s strategic direction. It includes a mapping tool and suggestions for how to create a team session which can be focused in any number of ways.

Diane Ragsdale on Surviving the Cultural Change (Version 4.0)

This transcript is of Diane Ragsdale’s keynote “Surviving the Cultural Change (Version 4.0)” at the Arts Alliance Illinois Members’ Meeting on June 21, 2010. In this speech she challenges arts organizations to adapt to the cultural changes that have been taking place.

The Limits of Nonprofit Impact – HBS Working Paper

This working paper argues that while performance measurement is a helpful management tool, it is not always appropriate to focus on impacts depending on the scale and scope of an organization’s activities and theory of change.

There Are No Crises, Only Tough Decisions

In this keynote address delivered at the joint annual conferences of Chorus America and The League of American Orchestras, Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of National Arts Strategies, explores the extraordinary opportunities that arts organizations have today.

How to Save the News

An article on the future of journalism.

Your Brain on Computers – Attached to Technology and Paying a Price

Another brief read (I wouldn’t ask you to concentrate at length) on the false economy of multitasking – including the price paid even when offline…and interpersonally.

The Performing Arts in Lean Times: Opportunities for Reinvention

This report, written by the co-chairs of the event, NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor and Adrian Ellis, Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, summarizes the discussions that took place at the Salzburg Global Seminar session.

Our Business Model is Outdated and Harming Us

A thought provoking article on business structure.

Engineering Design – The Kano Diagram

This is a quick video outlining the relationship between customer satisfaction and product design.

The Case for Behavioral Strategy

A really interesting interactive feature from McKinsey Quarterly on the cognitive biases that most impact decision-making in organizations

Mission Unaccomplished

A paper on the role of education in defining the purpose of the arts in society.

Career Navigation for Working Learners

This position paper sketches out a system to support career development in our contemporary economy, where careers no longer consist of “climbing the corporate ladder” in a company.

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