Red Pill/Blue Pill: Effective Data Driven Decision Making

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, me and my fellow ArtsHacker, Ceci Dadisman, enjoyed an opportunity to present a session titled Red Pill/Blue Pill: Effective Data Driven Decision Making to the 37th Annual Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference. We had a great deal of fun and the session was well received. Since we’re all about the share here at ArtsHacker, we wanted to make the Google Slides available to all. As has been the case for the past few new conference sessions we’ve put together, this slide deck contains copious and detailed … Read more

The Modern Day Mission Statement, Active and On The Go

BoardSource is partnering with organizations like the Knight Foundation and National Council of Non Profits on a  initiative to get non-profits to Stand For Your Mission. While the main thrust of the effort appears to be focused on mobilizing non-profits of all types to more actively  advocate for their causes, by necessity it pushes boards to actively engage with their missions rather than treat it as a passive statement of aspirations. In effect, it drives organizations to practice good governance. If nothing else, it may be a worthwhile endeavor just to have … Read more

Out, Damned Jargon! Out, I Say!

jargon noun  jar·gon  \ ˈjär-gən , -ˌgän \ 1 : the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group sports 2 : obscure and often pretentious language marked by circumlocutions and long words an academic essay filled with jargon Arts organization descriptive copy is filled with jargon. We have lots of words that are specific to our art form which we use to describe our organization or events. The problem with this is that people who are not familiar with us don’t understand what we are saying. It is like we are speaking a foreign language. It is hard to … Read more

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