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Tools for the Brave New Board meeting

I WENT TO A STAFF RETREAT YESTERDAY THAT DID NOT SUCK. I just thought it might be important to convey that to you, after spending three posts complaining about awful board meetings. I truly wasn’t looking forward to this one … Continue reading

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Board Development, Part 3

As promised, here is my third (and last, for now) post on Board Development. Topic for today: how do we translate the ideas from the first two posts into a plan for our boards? Here are some thoughts. Someone Must … Continue reading

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Brave New Board, Part 2

We talked last time about some of the reasons not-for-profit arts organization boards underperform and underutilize their resources. So, what do we do about this? Here are some thoughts: We need to look at the biggest possible picture. Many boards … Continue reading

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Brave New Board

Board development. Does anyone else have a shiver go down their spine when you hear those words? I’ve been talking and writing about not-for-profit board development for over twenty years. I’ve been working with boards for at least twice that … Continue reading

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The underbelly of economic impact

A few years ago, I attended the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (or, more accurately, Festival Fringe), an event which started out as an alternative to the more staid Edinburgh International Festival but has since grown to encompass virtually every nook and … Continue reading

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The benefits of kissing

“Do not defend a music program because it’s good for other things [such as raising test scores and making students smarter]. That’s like defending kissing because it gives you stronger lip muscles for eating soup neatly.” Peter Greene, educator. This … Continue reading

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Freelance arts managers? It just might work…

Earlier this summer I posted about my frustration with arts organizations who seem to be ignoring the help of trained arts managers.  One of the individuals I wrote about (who also happens to be my husband) posed an interesting question: … Continue reading

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