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The Complexity Fetish
Posted on Thursday April 18, 2019

Nonprofit Quarterly has a thoughtful overview of complexity and sensemaking as they relate to organizations, the first of a four-part series on the subject. The general idea is that purpose-driven collectives, such as civil-sector organizations like nonprofits, need to respond to an increasingly complex world by becoming increasingly complex themselves — in how they see, interpret, discuss, and act in the world.

Paying attention
Posted on Monday April 01, 2019

The New York Times apparently wants us all to be more productive, since it's hammering away at the subject from many fronts.

Pamela Tatge on Curatorial Practice
Posted on Monday March 11, 2019

In support of this semester’s “Presenting the Performing Arts” course at American University, I’ve started a series of video interviews with performing arts professionals. Through my prep for the class, I found strikingly few resources available in any media about the craft, practice, and management of arts organizations in the live performing arts (beyond the […]

Exploring the Four Stories
Posted on Wednesday January 02, 2019

For over a year now, I've been stewing on and adapting the independent work of E.F. Schumacher and Ken Wilber (citations below), both of whom explore and explain what a "whole" view of ourselves and our world might look like. As I've unfolded it (literally) for a few groups and close colleagues, it now seems useful to unfold it for all of you for your reactions.

Private, public, plural
Posted on Friday August 10, 2018

In the U.S. we’ve agreed to disagree about what to call that “other” sector of collective action that isn’t private (aka, privately owned business) and isn’t public (aka, government). Non-profit, not-for-profit, third, social, civil, voluntary all capture bits of it, but miss important bits as well. Which is why I’m increasingly fond of Henry Mintzberg’s […]

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