Announcing 5 New Services for Individual Organizations

EmcArts now offers new programs geared for organizations interested in working on their own — rather than in a national or local cohort — to increase their adaptive capacity.

We're announcing 5 new offerings for individual organizations who are interested in taking on their most complex challenges. Image: Meerkat Media.
We’re announcing 5 new offerings for individual organizations who are interested in taking on their most complex challenges. Image: Meerkat Media.

For the last six years, EmcArts has designed and facilitated programs that support arts and culture organizations as they take on their most pressing challenges. Our programs thus far have invited organizations to work with us on the national and local levels as members of larger cohorts — including our Innovation Labs for Performing Arts, Museums, and Arts Development Agencies, and our New Pathways programs.

Now, due to the demand for our services from individual organizations, we’re excited to offer five different programs for organizations by application to EmcArts. We can only work with a limited number of organizations in 2014-15, so if you are interested in taking advantage of any of these new offerings, please contact me before July 31st.

These five programs are designed for different levels of engagement, and a variety of stakeholders. They range from one-day staff and board retreats on adaptive thinking, to once-a-month virtual workshops for staff or mixed stakeholder groups; from preliminary exploration and assessment of your whole organization’s adaptive capacity, to fully-fledged adaptive planning processes (the advanced alternative to traditional strategic planning), to extended Lab structures for incubating innovations.

The cost of the programs below range from $3,500 to $50,000. While individual organizations are responsible for identifying funding to cover the cost of their participation, we believe that many local funders and donors will be excited to support organizations in gaining access to these benefits.

Five new services we’re offering for 2014-15:

Adaptive Thinking Retreat

A day-long retreat for your staff and/or board to focus on identifying complex challenges and orienting leaders to respond to them. Available for 5 organizations through June 2015.

Preparing to Innovate: On-site Coaching

A 6-month diagnostic program, with 3 on-site meetings led by an EmcArts coach, to explore your complex challenges, identify ingrained assumptions to let go of and new directions to explore, and examine the strength of your organization’s adaptive capacity. A great platform to bring stakeholders together, unfreeze the status quo, and prepare for innovation. A key element in all our New Pathways programs. Available for 6 organizations through June 2015.

Incubating Innovation

A 9- to 12-month “deep dive” modeled after our successful Innovation Labs for designing and prototyping a significant organizational innovation in response to an identified complex challenge, using an action research approach. A specially constructed Innovation Team, guided by an EmcArts process facilitator, oversees the process, with an Intensive Retreat at its core. For areas of your organization needing adaptive change, this program takes the place of traditional planning. Proven in practice through all our national Innovation LabsAvailable for 3 organizations through June 2015.

Adaptive Planning

A combination of Preparing to Innovate and Incubating Innovation over 18 months, this is EmcArts’ response to the continuing call for “strategic planning.” The program helps organizations identify complex challenges, distinguish adaptive from technical responses, carry out assessment of current adaptive capacity, and then develop adaptive potential through the practical work of designing and prototyping a significant organizational innovation, alongside technical strategic improvements. This program is for comprehensive organizational strengthening. Available for 3 organizations through June 2015.

Roots of Innovation Workshop Series

A series of 2-hour interactive virtual workshops for groups of 2-3 staff or stakeholders that introduces the fundamentals of adaptive change. You explore your most important complex challenges and build a shared understanding of the process of innovating. This is an essential professional development opportunity to advance new thinking.

To learn more about these new services, please visit EmcArts’ website or contact me.

Richard Evans is the President Emeritus of EmcArts, where he directs program design, research, and strategic partnerships that place a particular emphasis on innovation, adaptive organization change, and effective ways that the arts and culture field can respond to the demands of a new era.