A working definition of innovation

from EmcArts (they have a lot of innovation resources available on their website): Organizational innovations are instances of organizational change that: Provide new pathways to fulfilling the mission Are discontinuous from previous practice (not a logical extension of ‘business-as-usual’) Result from a shift in underlying organizational assumptions Also – once again I would recommend Jack Ukeles’ … Continue reading

Practical Recommendations

Okay so in case you don’t have time to read the whole manifesto I have a few, simple practical recommendations for fixing theaters – and arts organizations in general. If you’re interested in help, I’d be happy to help your organization innovate and thrive. But for now I will break out three simple things to … Continue reading

EmcArts RFP for Innovation Lab

Designed and managed by EmcArts, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts is a nine- to twelve-month program designed to help performing arts organizations in the fields of presenting, theater, dance, and jazz incubate and test innovative strategies to address major challenges. The lab provides organizations (selected … Continue reading

the arts need better arguments

Thanks Greg Sandow and MSM for saying “the arts needs better arguments” Read my manifesto where I state: If we keep moving on the same path, in the same model, we will get the same flawed, ineffective and frustrating results. What is needed is real change and a fundamental reassessment of the cultural infrastructure. I … Continue reading

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