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Five a Week 5: Some Things to Read & Thinking About

1. A CLOSER LOOK AT CREATIVES I did a piece of work last year that including looking at job descriptions and person specs for artistic directors. My conclusion was you had to be superhuman, so broad was the spec on … Continue Reading

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So what so what so what’s the scenario? (2017 12” remix)

It is 7 years today since my first blog under the Thinking Practice banner. I’m not going to talk right now about the time I’ve had since, but thank everyone I’ve worked with for keeping me useful, interested, learning and paid. … Continue Reading

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Five a Week 2: Some Things to Read and Think About

1. GOALS GONE WILD: THE SYSTEMATIC SIDE EFFECTS OF OVER-PRESCRIBING GOAL SETTING It’s a new financial year this week and many people will be thinking about the goals they set themselves, or agreed with their managers. In some places it … Continue Reading

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Five A Week 1: Some Things to Read and Think About

Image of work by Li-Hongbo, White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney 2012 This is a new, potentially regular if I can make it so, feature where I’ll point at some interesting and provoking things to read and think about. If time and inclination align … Continue Reading

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Going on

Normalish blog service will resume shortly… (Not sure who created this image so can’t credit them. But they are very good. All hail Samuel Beckett, Jane Bown, Graham Linehan, Arthur Matthews and Mrs Doyle though.)   …read more.

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2016: Faster But Slower

Well, 2016 has been a year memorable often for all the wrong reasons. I can’t be the only person wanting to slap themself for their previous complacency, can I? I’m not going to go on about the dark times that … Continue Reading

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The Art of Relevance

Nina Simon, who is the Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and a leading museums thinker, was the punchiest keynote speaker at the recent AMA conference. I came away with a copy of The Art of … Continue Reading

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Models, Missions, Visions and Hope

Well, a lot has happened since I last wrote a blog, much of it enough to make me put my head in my hands before getting back in gear. I don’t have time right now to start on causes and … Continue Reading

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The one with the chat about the role of the Critical Friend

For the last three years I’ve been the Critical Friend for bait, the Creative People & Places project for South East Northumberland. Although all the CPP projects have a Critical Friend, the exact role has varied depending on the context, … Continue Reading

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Mission, values and business modelling

Last year I was commissioned by the Arts Marketing Association to research and write a large set of case studies looking at arts organisation and museum business models, using the Business Model Canvas, devised by Osterwalder & Peignuer. This is … Continue Reading

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