Stop. Think about this for a second... Take a moment to read through all the various thoughts, opinions, and articles about nonprofits and you'll find abundant encouragement to grow your audience, grow your funding, and grow your capacity. It is right that we spend time considering all we have and all we've done. At least for a moment... I think about that experience all nonprofit leaders face when a new board member asks an obvious question that has been tackled in the past.
The piece by Melody Kramer in Poynter yesterday is directed at journalists and uses the changes some museums are incorporating into their operating processes as encouragement for our news providers to attract audiences by trying new paths for engagement. With so many industries challenged by slipping attention and sliding audience numbers, we have to ask, "What, exactly, is broken?" The answer may be that it's not broken, but our society is changing and along with it, our abi
Is it just me or are we in WAY too many meetings? The CEO of a well-known multi-million dollar company that sells products and services to museums and cultural destinations (he/she only gave me the quote if I promised anonymity) once quipped about nonprofits... "Nonprofit professionals seem to think the importance of a decision is directly proportional to the number of people involved." I'm not sure how many times over the years I've walked into a conference room to discuss
Forget resolutions. During the Amazon Prime live stream of the Rose Parade, Will Ferrell as "Cord Hosenbeck" and Molly Shannon as "Tish Cattigan" acting as parade "hosts", parodied New Year's Resolutions with a bit about their own goals. They started out by reviewing their last year's (2017) resolutions and commenting on "how they did". They either failed miserably or were "working on it". Then, they declared their resolutions for 2018 and, guess what, they were the exact s
This is still real. While, obviously, technology has not killed museums, I think that the tech advances are increasing so rapidly that we cannot be sure what lies ahead in just the next 5-10 years. Here's a piece I wrote back in 1996. Some of the observations I made 21 years ago are already already quite dated because our world and society march forward. I do know this: Talking to my 18 year old daughter's boyfriend about music, I'd asked him if he wanted to try some pretty
“What do the arts need?”. A complex question, to be sure, but one that does not require a complex answer. The arts comprise what is best in our society. The contributions of art, architecture, music, theatre, dance, and literature, a collection of expression that has grown to include movies, design, fashion, humanities, photography, illustration, crafts, and many other specific classifications, are monumental in the fabric of our society. From the discoveries of early man we