Monthly Archives: January 2009

On January 11th at the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University, gave a fantastic speech about how presenters, universities, and communities can work together to achieve a higher purpose of creativity. … Continue reading

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Even while facing the challenges of a difficult economy, the arts community is hopeful that Obama and Biden will bring new energy to government support and encouragement of cultural activity. Barack Obama’s platform on the arts includes increased support for … Continue reading

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I was among the almost two million who withstood the cold January 20th to watch President Obama take the oath, and one of the quieting throngs of euphoric, dancing masses, as the Washington Post later characterized it, whose mood “changed … Continue reading

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There is a spate of new books that suggest that we re-think what we mean by creativity. Malcolm Gladwell’s volume, Outliers: The Story of Success, points to the environmental elements – family, opportunity, and luck – that determine whether a … Continue reading

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Appreciative Inquiry, a planning and facilitation technique employed primarily in organizations, has been around since at least the mid-1990s. It does have a certain California New Age feel to it, although the original work was conducted by David Cooperrider at … Continue reading

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The Bernard Madoff scandal is shaking the foundation world. Every day I read about another charity, philanthropist, or foundation that has been irreparably wounded by this fraud. Follow the link above to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which has collected coverage … Continue reading

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