Jessica Robinson Love, Senior Director at Arabella Advisor, talks about the challenges of serving diverse communities.
Basma El Husseiny, managing director of Culture Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy) in Egypt, suggests that the protests movements at their core have been about dissatisfaction with current institutions and wonders what that means for arts and culture institutions.
Jana La Sorte, Founder & Creative Director of Ambassadora, discusses the importance of being upfront an open about what the change will mean for the organization.
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 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.
Aaron Dworkin, Dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan, discusses the importance of thinking about oneself as a social entrepreneur rather than an arts administrator.
Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, talks about how her organization invites people to engage.
Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, discusses how the museum cultivates a balance between increased participation and stewardship.
This is a report from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation about arts nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest that are thriving during these difficult economic times.
Doug Borwick of the popular ArtsJournal blog Engaging Matters has released a new book, Building Communities,…
How the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s financial crisis enabled them to take risks and explore a new model that would help them garner support and build relationships
The London Olympics present enormous opportunities – as well as some challenges – for local youths. Steve Moffitt, CEO of A New Direction in London, describes how he and his team have worked to localize and truly global event.
A panel conversation exploring the unique challenges and opportunities that local arts organizations and artists face when sharing a city with national museums.
Sutton and Hargadon examine how and why an organization, in this case, IDEO, uses brainstorming sessions. They’ve modified the criteria in Hackman’s effectiveness model to include three factors to consider when using brainstorming as a significant process in your organization.
There has been a great deal of conversation, debate (and informational video) around logic models…
After years of incremental efforts to reduce energy use and be more sustainable, the Denver Zoo decided to take a more strategic approach.
As in other nonprofit sectors, most energy and resource in our sector is focused on…
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.
Changes in the environment – economic, demographic and social – may challenge the health of…
Sean Malone, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, discusses his connection to the San Francisco Ballet despite never having seen them in person.
We’ve been having some interesting discussions with cultural leaders about the relevance of cultural organizations…
With that helpful and perhaps needed disclaimer out of the way, writer/designer/consultant Helen Waters pens…
The minimalist ratings of nonprofit organizations, using overhead and fundraising ratios, are deeply flawed. Are…
Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, explains the concept of Design Thinking.
Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, talks about peeling away all the layers to get to the essence of your organization’s mission.
Suzi Sosa, Co-Founder and CEO of Verb, suggests that organizations can get information from their customers to inform programming without giving away the ability to make their own programming choices.
Michael Granof, a professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, talks about the importance of relating dollars to objectives.
Michael Granof, a professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, suggests that when making program decisions the only costs that really matter are those that will change as a result of the decision.
Michael Granof, a professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin, talks about the behavior of costs and the importance of clearly defining the activity to be outsourced.
Peter Frumkin, a Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, both at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the concept of logic models and how cultural organizations might use them.
Peter Frumkin, a Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, both at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests that arts and culture organizations must develop flexible financial models.
Peter Frumkin, a Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, both at the University of Pennsylvania, talks about classifying all the things you do in terms of the financial and social return.
Peter Frumkin, a Professor of Social Policy and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy, both at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the importance of measuring multiple dimensions of organizational performance.
A startup company, Tugg, has an interesting take on allowing the community to “pull-through” programming…
How would the world be different if we could get all of our donors to…
Do nonprofit cultural organizations have a particular responsibility to reach into and represent all parts of the community? Does the benefit of nonprofit status require us to take more risks than commercial theatre?
George Sparks, President and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, stresses the importance of creating a sustainable system that cultivates leaders.
George Sparks, President and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, talks about the executive’s role in helping staff members create a plan for the future.
George Sparks, President and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, suggests that leaders hire people who will push them and to openly discuss their plans for the future.
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.
In October 2011, three senior arts and education practitioners brought together 40 participants from 15 organizations in the UK to address practical and effective ways to strengthen the real value of the arts, thereby sustaining their varied revenue streams.
This brief article from Scott Anthony, of Innosight and the author of The Little Black Book Of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It, looks at consumer needs and innovation opportunities.
Everyone is looking for ways to be more creative and make organizations more innovative. In…
“The human factor in service design” discusses the importance of understanding what truly motivates your…
Laura Zabel, Executive Director of Springboard for the Arts, suggests that an organization is simply a tool in service of the mission.
We’ve all heard about the TED videos, but there’s also a section of the TED…
Horst Abraham suggests that organizations must be able to reinvent themselves at the pace of the change around them.
In “Building a New American Theater of the Commons,” Polly Carl and Vijay Matthew of…
Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, suggests that thinking about competition on a more global scale brings greater opportunities.
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