I know you won’t judge me

Dearest Sanctuaries,  I deeply appreciate the love, compassion, and care with which you treat me.…

You’re the best

Dear Arts Wisconsin, I’m writing this letter to let you know that I love you.…

I am still feeling the same glow

  A patron, artist, writer and poet shares: Dear Carrack Gallery, I’d like to thank…

Dear, Bench Diary

  “Welcome to my backyard! It’s the funniest thing just before I sat down I…

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.

Skunk Works: A Place for Innovation

Does your organization have a Skunk Works®? It should.

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything (…or does it?)

  Steve Blank wrote an interesting article in the May Harvard Business Review on “Why…

Building Cultures of Innovation, Embracing Change and Becoming More Foxy

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

Creating a Sustainable Management System

After years of incremental efforts to reduce energy use and be more sustainable, the Denver Zoo decided to take a more strategic approach.

Design Thinking Isn’t a Miracle Cure, but Here’s How It Helps

With that helpful and perhaps needed disclaimer out of the way, writer/designer/consultant Helen Waters pens…

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.

St. Stevens Day, or, How Steve Jobs Solved the Innovator’s Dilemma

At the risk of piling on the beatification bandwagon, an interesting post from the good…

The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation

The chapter “Pain” from Robert Grudin’s book approaches leadership and innovation from a rarely-discussed perspective.…

The Innovator’s DNA, or More Disruption

What do you think? Can innovation be learned? Does it flow from the individual to the organization? Does it require staggering genius?

Orchestras at the Cross Roads

Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, provides a clear-eyed view…

Business has much to learn from the arts

A wry, brief paean to the arts and what the world of business has to…

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.

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.

Design Thinking for Social Innovation | Stanford Social Innovation Review

An article on the use of design thinking for tackling systemic social problems.

How does a leader effect change in her organization?

Tracy S. Harris, NAS board member, talks about the need for vision, benchmarks and collaboration to create an organizational culture that embraces constant change and improvement.

The Normal Approach

In his article for Gig Magazine, former NAS Vice President, Jim Rosenberg, suggests that reaching a desired audience requires leaders to focus on the desired customer and work backward to the right artistic work, venue, timing, pricing, etc.