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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

“Love You, But I Would Love You More If Only…” In Public-Private Partnerships by Joe Patti

This past week I have been dipping my toe in and out of the livestream for the ArtPlace America Summit. One of the plenary sessions I went back to listen to more fully was a discussion ArtPl…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Are You Really The Storyteller You Think You Are? by Joe Patti

FastCompany had an article about Five Ways Non Profits Struggle last month. Most of the things mentioned aren’t really news to you if you work in non profits: Restrictions on how grant…

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Pop Up Box Office Are As Much About Listening As Selling by Joe Patti

Hat tip to linking to an Arts Professional article all performing arts professionals should read. Hull Truck Theatre in Hull, England started regular pop-up box office hours …

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Data Vs. Your Gut by Joe Patti

When I was thinking about what to write today, I figured a good intersection between yesterday’s post about productive employees not necessarily being good manager material and Drew Mc…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Star Employees Don’t Automatically Become Star Managers by Joe Patti

Last month in Harvard Business Review, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman wrote about how the most productive employees don’t make the best managers. Of the seven qualities they had listed…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Cultural Revival Starts At Home by Joe Patti

I just rediscovered a CityLab story I bookmarked last September discussing how a woman’s effort to revitalize culture and creativity in York, PA started in her apartment. Bored with th…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Only Bank Where The Assets Appreciate In Value Upon Withdrawl by Joe Patti

Barry Hessenius proved that we often don’t think of the most obvious things in a post he made last weekend encouraging people to create Story Banks to support your advocacy work. Rathe…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Google Adword Grants – Use ‘Em Well Or Lose ‘Em by Joe Patti

Yesterday, Non Profit Quarterly had an article mentioning that a goodly number of non-profit organizations had their $10,000 Adwords Grants shutdown by Google for not meeting standards that …

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Museum Hackers Target The “Not For Someone Like Me” by Joe Patti

In the last week I have seen mention of Museum Hack, in both Bloomberg (h/t and Washington Post (h/t Nina Simon). The company does customized tours of museums from a particu…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

If Anything, Measure of Arts & Culture Should Be Civil Societal, Not Economic Impact by Joe Patti

Lest you think Carter Gillies and I are lone voices arguing against the use of economic impact of  arts and culture as a measure of their value to society, in March the Global Education and…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

When “Go Play In The Street!” Is Meant To Encourage by Joe Patti

Via CityLab is a NY Times story about how the Boyle Heights community in Los Angeles has recently hosted a “play street.” The program, which apparently started in London, shuts d…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Books Are Due Back In Four Weeks. The Painting, Next Year by Joe Patti

Back in February I wrote about how the Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library were teaming up to lend art to local residents. At the time, the only other similar program I w…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Do You Fear Innovation Will Threaten Your Effectiveness Metrics? by Joe Patti

Over the last few years, I have frequently written about the problem with using metrics as a measure of value and performance.  As long as we continue to be told that use of quantitative me…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Road To Creative Enlightenment Is Paved With Cardboard by Joe Patti

I have written before about the visual arts fair I started about two years ago to provide an opportunity for students and artists in the community to sell their work and get experiencing tal…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Art Museum, The Game by Joe Patti

Intriguing video came across the old social media feed today in the form of a review calling the visual art oriented MMO Occupy White Walls as “The Weirdest MMO I Have Every Played.…

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Leveraging The Growing Influence & Inclusion Of Giving Circles by Joe Patti

I wrote about Giving Circles on my personal blog last June, noting that the number of Giving Circles in the U.S. is growing. The appeal of this form of philanthropy is that it that the struc…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Respect The Authority of The Resource by Joe Patti

Hat tip to Nina Simon for calling attention to a post about how the Barnes Foundation is working toward changing their user experience. Even though the Barnes Foundation art collection was m…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Have You Hugged Your Grant Panelist? by Joe Patti

Short post today because I just returned home after serving on a grant review panel for the state arts council. The deputy director of the council was reminiscing about the days in the not s…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Are They Taking A Picture Of Your Powerpoint Because They Like It Or Because They Can’t Read It? by Joe Patti

In his reflections on attending the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference, Drew McManus noted how many presenters at the conference packed too much text on to Powerpoint slides. He observes t…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Yes! Long Awaited Good, Bad and Ugly of Tech RFPs (Far More Interesting Than It Sounds) by Joe Patti

For over a year now I have been excited about the session on writing Requests for Proposals (RFP) Drew McManus and Ceci Dadisman are presenting today at the NonProfit Technology conference s…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

You Have To Know How They Define Community Before You Can Tell Their Story by Joe Patti

I don’t know what inspired me to do so, but last week I visited ProPublica’s website and learned that Free Street Theater and ProPublica Illinois were teaming up to offer theater…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Creating Connections To “Why Didn’t I Think Of That” by Joe Patti

Last week Arts Midwest held a webinar to provide some examples of the way in which different arts organizations were putting the Creating Connection messaging and research into practice. The…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Repetition & Establishing Good Habits by Joe Patti

I was recently involved with a strategic planning session for a non-arts group where  staff and representatives of community constituencies  were intermingled at different tables. When we …

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Probably The Only Time Comic Sans Is Appropriate In A Planning Document by Joe Patti

Back in February CityLab covered an effort by residents of the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, MN to get people invested in contributing to the Small Area Plan for their neighborhood.  T…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Focus On Art, Extend Your Attention Span? by Joe Patti

A common complaint in live performing arts is that no one has an attention span anymore. The sense is that cell phones, videos, bright flashing lights, etc have ruined our brains. But accord…

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Kickin’–Erm, Springboarding Infographics Up A Notch by Joe Patti

Hat tip to Andrew Taylor for calling attention to ever awesome Springboard for the Arts’ “Year In Review” report which consists of a short letter from Executive Director La…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Enough Sins To Go Around by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago Ali Webb wrote the provocatively titled Philanthropy’s Seven Deadly Sins on Non-Profit Quarterly. According to Webb they are, Blindness to privilege Dismissing community…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

You Are Not Alone In Thinking It Can Be Good To Be Alone by Joe Patti

Last month the BBC had a story on their site about the creative benefits of being a loner. One reason for this is that such people are likely to spend sustained time alone working on their c…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

You’re Not Art’s Type by Joe Patti

National Geographic had a photo essay featuring pictures of ballet dancers in Nairobi’s largest slum.  As I looked at it, I was reminded of El Sistema, the effort that provided free m…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Is Innovation A Scientific Or Artistic Endeavor? by Joe Patti

Really interesting research piece on Plos One asking if the arts are the “secret sauce” that helps drive innovation or if it is the nice to have “cherry on top.” They…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Not Just For The Kids by Joe Patti

Though it was only a week ago, I can’t quite recall where I came across a link to Ozan Varol’s post, “Stop asking children these seven questions (and ask these instead)R…

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