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Our adaptive challenge

Because the not-for-profit arts sector has institutionalized “sweat equity” and there are large disparities in how resources are distributed, and because dependence on ever-dwindling philanthropic funding is unsustainable, HowlRound will endeavor to overhaul how resources are defined, identified, developed, and leveraged in order to increase our sector’s ability to make work and support the creative lives of artists in a dignified and equitable way. We will do this through stewarding CULTURE COIN, a peer-to-peer digital currency backed by a peer-to-peer sharing economy that matches artists’ needs to the community’s available and latent abundant resources.

Read more about the big thinking, deep questioning, and visions for the future in HowlRound’s project.

We ask the crowd:

  1. What are resources, assets, or expertise that you HAVE that currently go unused, are under-utilized, and could benefit your fellow artists, organizations, audiences? Answer from your various perspectives as an organization, an artist, and/or an arts-goer.
  2. As an artist or as an organization, what are resources, assets, expertise, or support that you NEED? How could those resources help you make a stronger impact and support your creative and cultural work?

When considering these questions, think of resources in the very broadest sense: anything that helps satisfy artistic, cultural, human needs and wants and that enables more impactful cultural production.

How will your responses help us move forward in tackling our adaptive challenge?

Your responses and contributions will help us learn and define what the actual building blocks of this new economy are in terms of what’s getting exchanged and circulated. Answers to both of these questions will help us develop the initial rapid, functional prototype of CULTURE COIN. We’ll use the responses to the first question to start developing “the scope” of what “resources” could be accessible and circulated in this sharing economy. We’ll use the responses to the second question to help us think through the overall design and mechanics of the system that will put form on this economy and this new, enhanced culture of sharing.

Share your responses with us (or “up-vote” ideas you like) in the comments section below.

HowlRound is committed to enabling commons-based culture and practices for theater and arts, globally. We develop online knowledge platforms and in-person gatherings that promote peer-to-peer participation, organizational collaboration, field-wide research, and new teaching practices.