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Your Value Promise

NAS Director, Dallas Shelby, shares a process that arts and culture organizations can use to define the value they want to create in their communities.

Zappos: Testing for Core Values

We can’t have a conversation about values without mentioning Zappos. They’re one of our favorite examples.…

Core Values & Cupcakes

An Ideation Summit is a process that transforms stakeholders with divergent interests into collaborators. It…

Marginal Thinking & Our Personal Boundaries

Clayton Christensen eloquently takes the conventional business idea of marginal thinking and applies it to personal…

Arguing for the Arts in Contemporary Society

Think about the folks in your community. Think about what they will do tonight. There…

If Our Value Were Self-Evident Would We Need Advocates?

You cannot talk about arts advocacy without bringing up the instrumental value of the arts.…

The Case for Cultural Fluency

Mikel Ellcessor introduces the concept of Cultural Fluency as a means for establishing genuine community connections.

The Summit at Sundance: Cultural Sector Ideation

We prepared a report that documents the ideas generated and some of the materials used to help participants frame the issues and work on the solutions at our Summit at Sundance.

To Be (a charity) or Not To Be, That is the $40 Billion Question

Editor’s Note: With “Comments We Can’t Ignore,” we addressed the need to more effectively demonstrate the…

Comments We Can’t Ignore

This week, a guest column by Robert Reich entitled “What ‘charity’ should really mean” appeared on the Christian…

Cleaning Out Our Closets

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

Saying What We Mean

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

Three Strategic Planning Challenges

I’ve found myself thinking about three challenges in strategic planning that we see in our work, and I wanted to release these thoughts into the wild and see what happens.

Becoming Indispensable

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

Raising the Tide of Value

This post was originally part of a weeklong exploration of four major issues facing the…

Defining Our Value

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

A Single Customer Promise?

There is a question we get all the time in our Strategic Marketing seminar: should…

Salzburg Global Forum: Some Final Thoughts

We introduced Field Notes as a means of amplifying meaningful conversation. Over the last couple…

What can science tell us about the art experience?

Dr. Gary Vikan, former Director of The Walters Art Museum, discusses how neuroscience, evolutionary biology and the cave paintings in Lascaux might point to the fact that aesthetics is “hard-wired into our heads.”

How do we communicate the instrumental and intrinsic values of the arts?

Dr. Gary Vikan, former Director of The Walters Art Museum, talks about the dangers of using economic impact as argument for the arts, the importance of articulating the intrinsic nature of the art experience and how neuroscience might unlock the mystery of that experience.

On remaking the world

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of posts from guest bloggers discussing topics…

What value does the arts create and how do we articulate it?

Deirdre Prins-Solani, an independent heritage and cultural expert in South Africa and Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders faculty member, talks about the interaction between the sacred and public spaces and how that tension creates value.

Just be valuable.

Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of posts from guest bloggers discussing topics…

Why the Arts Matter Now

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

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.

Why are we still so compelled to experience live performance?

We’ve all heard about the TED videos, but there’s also a section of the TED…

Bon Jovi and the Pay-What-You-Can Experiment

We recently announced a new pricing model for Business of Arts and Culture seminars in…

Don’t throw that home run ball back!

Baseball fans have taken to throwing back home runs hit by the opposing team, a practice this author decries as “the worst tradition in baseball.” This article on the trend made me think about one of the challenges we face every day in arts and culture.

Rethinking Capitalism

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

The price behind the choices we make

This piece from last week’s Marketplace is good food for thought given the increasing competition for audiences’ time and money.

Exploring and Defining Influence: A New Study

These survey results show that influence (particularly online) has less to do with the size of your audience and more to do with the value of the content you are providing

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.

How the Magazine Industry Can Save Itself

This is an interesting piece from FastCompany about the challenges of content providers, which I think has important implications for arts organizations.