Author Archives: Rebecca Ratzkin

During a recent trip to New Orleans, I reconnected with an urban planning friend, now a professor at University of New Orleans. We exchanged many stories about our respective studies and project work. Since then, I’ve been mulling over the … Continue reading

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Last week, I was catching up with economic news by listening to American Public Media’s Marketplace, and was introduced to journalist David Brancaccio’s blog and column titled Economy 4.0. I was struck by the plethora of indicators trying to measure … Continue reading

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Given my background in urban planning, new funding initiatives that place arts facilities and programs in the context of community-building and neighborhood revitalization always pique my interest. LINC (Leveraging Investments in Community), in partnership with The Ford Foundation, has launched … Continue reading

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the intersection of research and planning.  How do research and planning work align?  When does too much research become “information overload?”  What makes research “actionable?”  Recent work speaking directly with community groups, funders … Continue reading

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Skimming through the The New York Times online video library, I happened upon a piece about a new type of orchestra born at Stanford University, and consequently, at many other places throughout the country: the iPhone Orchestra.  Not only can one make … Continue reading

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what motivates donors to give to the arts, and how their giving patterns relate to their core values – both inside and outside of the arts. In partnership with Helicon Collaborative, we are … Continue reading

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Lately, I have been immersed in books about decision-making and intuitive thinking. Jonathon Lehrer’s How We Decide is a great read for those wanting to get a dose of accessible hard science that provides a new perspective on learning and … Continue reading

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LA Times Is the current economic crisis causing all of the pain arts nonprofits are feeling right now, or are other forces at work? The case of the well-respected Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles offers a forum in … Continue reading

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