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The Earthquake is Coming. How Do We Withstand it?

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

Saying What We Mean

Last January, at NAS’ Chief Executive Program convening The New Nature of Relevance, I listened…

A Framework for Meaningful Engagement

Editor’s note: As part of our blog event for The Summit at Sundance, we have…

Committing to Engagement

Are we asking our customers what they want simply to inform programming decisions that will put butts in seats, or so our organizations can become more representative of the communities we serve?

Creating the 21st Century Board

Editor’s note: Over the next two weeks, we’ll feature posts around the final convening of…

What’s your mandate?

What would the pundits say about your organization? What is your mandate?

Stories from the Field: Boston Children’s Chorus

Frederick Douglas once said “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken…

Mission-Driven: Aligning an Organization to Create Social Impact

The mission of the Boston Children’s Chorus informs its programming, logistics and operations. They are very aware of the way race and culture not only affect Boston, but the greater community. Their vision ensures that the mission is reflected in every aspect of the organization.

What is the role of arts organizations in society?

Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico, stresses the importance of art as a connector and being true to your mission.

Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe

Making change in communities requires civic capacity. Power is wielded not only by elected politicians,…

Mission Impact: Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits

In order to discuss strategy intelligently in the nonprofit sector, we must first understand what…

IBM’s Centenary: The Test of Time

The article points to a useful question for cultural leaders: does your artistic mission need to be so intimately tied to a specific “technology,” and if it does, what additional challenges should you therefore expect to face as a leader?

Rethinking Capitalism

In this video interview on Rethinking Capitalism, Michael Porter (of Porter’s Five Forces fame, among…

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.