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The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative recently invited Richard Evans of EMCArts to give a presentation and lead a workshop titled "Innovation and Resilience in a New Era for the Arts." Evans’ work takes as its premise that arts organizations are operating in a new environment that will reward adaptability, engagement with constituents, and organizational flexibility. While a lot of these environmental changes are visible now, most of us are reacting to them incrementally. Our organizations are still structured to work best under the old system, which prioritized organizational stability and growth.
Evans’ work provides a clear framework for creating change—“adaptive change”—that will help organizations succeed in the new environment. The first step is to identify your core, underlying assumptions about your business, and to hold them up to the light and see if they are still true. It’s much harder to identify core assumptions than we think, and harder still to be able to line them up against the realities of our businesses.Read more >