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Arguing for the Arts in Contemporary Society

Think about the folks in your community. Think about what they will do tonight. There…

Everyone’s a Potential Partner: Building Value Together

In this video Laura Zabel shares how she is energized by what’s possible and how looking at opportunities through this frame has opened up resources for Springboard.

Research, Reports & Real People Talking About the Arts (Oh My!)

There’ve been many great responses to today’s posts and there are so many smart people…

Extreme Users: Look Outside the Everyday Audience Member

We’re talking about advocacy for the arts over the next few days. Specifically, what’s our…

If Our Value Were Self-Evident Would We Need Advocates?

You cannot talk about arts advocacy without bringing up the instrumental value of the arts.…

What’s the Matter with “Why the Arts Matter?” 

Arts Advocacy Day is an important event, to be sure. The arts do matter. But, chances are if you’re reading this you’re likely already a believer. Therein lies the problem… or at the very least an opportunity.

The Earthquake is Coming. How Do We Withstand it?

A soldier watches as a fiddler plays a tune in the ruins of Baalbek, Lebanon.…

Failure or Success: What are we more afraid of? A Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture Conversation

Photo by Martin Fisch via Flickr This week, we are sharing some of the inspiring…

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…

Logic Models

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

Do you need the matrix?

A board matrix is a tool that methodically attempts to first inventory the needs of an organization at board level, then the alignment between these needs and both current and potential board members.

Leadership

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

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…

Systems Mapping

Systems Mapping helps you examine the different people and organizations you might encounter on your way to achieving a certain goal. 

The Courage to Fail

It’s not easy for most of us to fail. We grow up in a world of consequences and standardized tests and we frequently only have one good shot to get something right.

Weaving into each other: from isolation to creative community

Holyoke, MA is a gateway city bursting with its potential for growth as much as…

What is Creative Placemaking?

This whole conversation began as a means to talk about creative placemaking. What is it?…

Abdul Karim Hakib: On Creative Placemaking

Creative Community Fellow Abdul Karim Hakib, Executive Director of Global Arts and Development Centre, an art and development NGO based in Accra, Ghana, answers some questions about creative placemaking.

The influence of space on community

I’ve been thinking a lot about how space influences interaction between people and communities. The…

Placemaking: It’s About Addressing the Disconnect

This week continues our conversation on creative placemaking where we asked our Creative Community Fellows…

Placemaking: Bringing People Together

Connect. Connected. Connecting. Connection. Connector. This is what we heard when we asked our Creative…

Defining Community

How do you define community? This is one of the questions that we asked our…

Creative Placemaking: 35,000-Foot View

We asked our Creative Community Fellows to talk about creative placemaking and the work they…

Laurelin Kruse & Rachel Reynolds Luster: A Conversation

This week we will be featuring conversations with leaders working in communities. Laurelin Kruse and Rachel Reynolds Luster…

Building Communities, Building the Field

Perhaps, like me, you have a mental model of how community development or creative placemaking works or doesn’t work. Let’s talk about these.

Creative Placemaking: A Conversation

Yes, in many ways creative placemaking has become an often-cited cultural sector panacea. And yes,…

The Young and the Restless: Taking the Right Career Path

As an emerging leader, the road to professional success seems long and confusing. We experience the daily tension of being where we are with where we want to be. Particularly in a recovering economy, more young leaders are in jobs where they feel over-qualified and underpaid. It can be frustrating, but are we really as far off as we feel?

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.

Competing Values

Jeff DeGraff, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, introduces the concept of competing values.

Creating High-Performing Teams

Paula Caproni, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, outlines the keys to creating high-performing teams.

Communicate the “Why?”

Paula Caproni, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about the importance of communicating why you do what you do… not just the what and the how.

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.

Reframing Negotiation

Shirli Kopelman, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, suggests that negotiation shouldn’t be a “winner take all” experience.

Negotiation & Relationships

Often we initiate a negotiation with personal pleasantries and then abruptly switch into negotiation mode. Shirli Kopelman, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, talks about what can be gained from thinking of your negotiation as a part of your relationship.

Negotiating Better

Shirli Kopelman, professor of management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, provides some simple techniques to help you improve your negotiation skills.

On the Value of the Arts

Why do the arts matter at all?  For some, the special characteristic of the arts…

Bringing People Together to Improve the Place They Love

The arts are not accessed through a box office or the doors of a symphony hall in Togo, but rather are encountered in the business of everyday life.

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.

Everything I Know about Why Art Matters I Learned from My 5-year-old

Why do the arts matter? I think everyone already has the answer to this question inside him- or herself. If the answer does not feel immediately obvious, then perhaps it is just time to reconnect with art.

Why the Arts Matter

In honor of Arts Advocacy Day, we at NAS wanted to pull back the curtain…