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Russell Willis Taylor

Online Seminar: Meaningful Communication

This seminar will help you understand the integral aspects of communication and how communication evolves during a conversation.

Online Seminar: Dominant Logic

Learn how leadership can impact the culture, operations, values and people of an organization.

On the Value of the Arts

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

Defining Our Value

The recent flurry of articles around the “failure” of the creative class to save our…

Handmaking America

National Arts Strategies is an apolitical organization, so this review about an unashamedly liberal and…

Why the Arts Matter Now

NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor recently delivered the keynote address to attendees of…

Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S.

Doug Borwick of the popular ArtsJournal blog Engaging Matters has released a new book, Building Communities,…

Michael Norton: How to buy happiness

How would the world be different if we could get all of our donors to…

Defining Values: A training for developing new opportunities for uncertain futures

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.

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.

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 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…

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future

As arts organizations face an increasing number of challenges, it might help us all to lighten the load by “unlearning” some things – Matt Ridley sketches out what a few of those things might be.

Why Can’t Big Companies Solve Big Problems?

How to enable hybrid thinking to solve problems in your organization.

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.

Stealing Fire: Creative Deviance in the Evolution of New Ideas

A different look at how you create break-through innovation.

The Challenges of Cultural Leadership

In this keynote address delivered at the Bolz Center Collegium, NAS President and CEO, Russell Willis Taylor explores the unique leadership demands of cultural enterprise.

What Can Baseball Tell the Nonprofit World About Measures and Measurement?

A fresh look at empirically driven outcome measures; from the “moneyball” guys. What do you think of the lessons they take away from the example?

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.

Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Steven Johnson is an amazing thinker and this book raises intriguing questions for how cultural programming might be designed in the future.

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.

Happiness Around the World: The paradox of happy peasants and miserable millionaires

A friend in the banking world recently gave me this book, and as we consider why the arts are so essential to healthy societies it makes for interesting reading.

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.

The Smart Marketplace: Bridging the Gaps in Arts Leadership Training

Many discussions about the field’s leadership gap focus on two general impressions: there are not enough prospective leaders or there aren’t enough professional development opportunities – but is it that simple?

Start With Why, Simon Sinek

I recently heard Simon speak at a Dance NYC conference, and his book is as good a review of the importance of mission (although that’s not what it is about) as any I have ever read. You can watch him on TEDx and get a taste of his thinking.

Mission Unaccomplished

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

Dancing into the Future: A White Paper from Ballet Memphis

A white paper co-authored by NAS and Ballet Memphis examines the learning during the phase of Ballet Memphis’ reinvention, tackling the changing environment and market for dance.

Anatomy of a Leader

Former NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor interviewed Peter Gelb for the Fall 2007…

A Review of Endowment Giving Policy Options

A paper written by NAS President and CEO Russell Willis Taylor in 2006 for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation discusses the tradition, benefits, and necessity of endowment funds in the arts.