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Gail Crider

Gail believes a strong sector comes from having a diversity of ideas, art forms, leaders, approaches and voices, and is interested in fostering organizational health, environmentally sound growth policies and universal access to education.

Why we do it

And why you should too. When you’ve been around for as long as we have,…

The Ideation Summit: Transforming Stakeholders into Collaborators

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

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.

Evaluating to Increase Impact

The story that I share today is about how one organization followed their curiosity and learned not only from the evaluation data but from the process itself.

Cleaning Out Our Closets

Recently I was cleaning my closet and came across several  items that no longer fit…

Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations

“Deal Making 2.0: A Guide to Complex Negotiations” David A. Lax and James K. Sebenius…

Stories from the Field: LA Stage Alliance

Talking to Terrence McFarland about the Arts Census: a way to collect, analyze and access quality data no matter what size our budgets.

Is crisis necessary for change?

  Sometimes, but it’s risky. By Gail Crider Crisis generally means loss of strategic perspective,…

Can brainstorming be an effective tool in building a culture of collaboration and innovation?

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.

3 Ways To Predict What Consumers Want Before They Know It

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.

Outcome vs Process Oriented Thinking

Research on decision making in consumer behavior, perhaps with broader implications for nonprofits.

Rework

The book is divided into short segments with titles such as “Workaholism” and “Reasons to quit” and one of my favorites, “Emulate chefs.” So, if you need a break from the holiday food frenzy or from your great stack of reading, try this book.

Managing Under Complexity: Where is Einstein When You Really Need Him?

An interesting article on how we think about complex situations.

What’s a Children’s Chorus Leader to Do?

A case study on board leadership and organizational growth, featuring a response by NAS CEO Gail Crider.

Nonprofit Reserves Workgroup

A great resource for board members and staff members to test knowledge and learn more about operating (sometimes called cash) reserves.

Engineering Design – The Kano Diagram

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