This past fall, three teams participating in the EmcArts Innovation Lab for Museums attended a 5-day Intensive Retreat, which was an opportunity for each team (composed of 8 to 10 staff, board, artists, community members, outsiders and experts) to accelerate their projects by getting away from the stresses of the daily grind.
These Intensive Retreats are transformational. Teams are often able to do six months of thinking in a week, and immediately deal with the conflicts that inevitably surface as change begins to look real. They achieve unstoppable momentum in a way that might never would have happened otherwise, and have therefore been able to construct a plan for implementation that maximizes their chances of success.
The short video above features interviews with team members from The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mississippi Museum of Art, and Madison Children’s Museum, as they reflect on the Intensive Retreat experience.
We’ll be posting updates on all of these projects as they unfold, and more about the process of organizational innovation. Stay tuned!