January 9, 2009
Madoff Philanthropy Repercussions~ Laura Mandeles
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 by several newspapers around the country to demonstrate the scope of the impact. The world of Jewish philanthropy has been particularly hard hit, of course, because of Madoff’s personal relationships with Jewish donors. See how Madoff-related losses are affecting the Jewish community in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.
Appreciative Inquiry~ Marc Goldring
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 Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. It’s a provocative approach and one worth exploring. One of its most interesting premises is that we find what we look for - so if we, as consultants or planners, are searching for "problems" to fix, it’s no surprise that we find them! It proposes an alternative conceptual framework - focus on what’s working well in an organization (or for that matter, a community) and think about ways to generate more of that. This approach shifts away from the traditional SWOT analysis to the SOAR approach (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results) as a way to bring values (aspirations) into the equation earlier and to focus on positive outcomes. This book provides a quick overview of Appreciative Inquiry; it’s called a "thin book" since it’s exactly that, as well as reasonably priced, and contains enough information to decide whether this approach has any resonance for you.
When and Where is Creativity?~ Dennie Wolf
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 person’s raw talent can turn into realized creativity. Sparks by Peter Benson speaks to engaging the hidden talents in all teenagers - out of the conviction that there are many forms of talent and creativity that go unrecognized. Finally, Sir Ken Robinson’s The Element describes how people who have located the passion for creativity within themselves can frequently unlock it in others. Each one raises important questions about the role that arts and cultural organizations could play in breaking down the stubborn correlation between a young person’s wealth, class, and access and the likelihood that her gifts will be discovered and cultivated.
Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day () Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day is a research study of five schools that have use a longer school day and year in order to expand the amount and quality of arts learning their students receive.
Advancing Arts Education through an Expanded School Day is a research study of five schools that have use a longer school day and year in order to expand the amount and quality of arts learning their students receive.