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What Will We Cultivate?

The things we give our attention to are the things that will grow. Cultivation is choosing what we wish to see grow, and shifting our attention. In a time when we can no longer rely on past ways of getting things done, I work with groups to identify what is most most important, and what attention will encourage new ideas to thrive. Together we can cultivate:

  • Grant Proposals and Fundraising Plans

  • Program/Project Design

  • Strategic Planning

  • Cultural self study within mostly white communities

  • Leadership Development

  • Wild Ideas


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Lake Street Council Gratitude

This spring, I helped Lake Street Council to figure out how to make their annual meeting an online event.  I wrote and voiced over a Thank You message to businesses, neighbors, and people who pitched into help with Lake Street recovery efforts. Here is a full video of the event, where my message starts at 3:05. I also edited and voiced over a livability and safety message that starts at 31:10.

Getachew Teklu is the owner of Admas Travel (image by Tony Nelson). 
More of Mr Teklu's story here


What Now? Choose a Path and Get Started.

Minnesota Playlist invited submissions to answer the question of what happens now for Minnesota Theaters.  In my submission I suggest that the paths forward are pretty simple, and that we just need to choose one.



Tuesday, September 8, 2020

First Day of School

 


I started a consulting practice over the summer. As of today, this is my full-time job. I want this work to overlay my desire to help others succeed with my experience in fundraising, organizing, planning, and making big shifts. This is a time when so many of our institutions can only continue if we find radical new ways to connect with one another and support one another, and alongside the pain of this shift I am genuinely excited for what we choose to grow next, and - where I can - to be part of that.

I invite you to:
  • Follow my new Facebook Page
  • Subscribe to updates from the blog page I just set up
  • Give me feedback on any of the content you see
Most importantly, though, I'd love to hear about how you are experiencing this institutional shift and what you would like to cultivate.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Checklist for Starting my New Consulting Practice



TO DO:
  • Pick a name? Check.
  • File an LLC? Check.
  • Register an overly complicated URL? Check.
  • Find someone with a fax machine because somehow that is the most efficient way to communicate with the IRS? Check.
  • Ask you to like my Facebook page? You, my dear friend, are next on my list.

    Nonprofit Transparency


    In January 2019, Steve Boland interviewed me for the Next in Nonprofits podcast. We talked about making the organizational choice to be transparent during difficult times.

     https://www.nextinnonprofits.com/2019/01/nonprofit-transparency/

    My Enneagram Type

    If you are familiar with the Enneagram system of personality typing, I identify as an Enneagram Type 2 with a 3 Wing. Enneatype 2w3 is also called “The Host”. When living out my 2w3-ness, I am ambitious, altruistic, and sociable. I thrive on building connections with others and helping to make a difference in the world. I have an optimistic world-view, I am adaptable in stressful situations, I communicate clearly and effectively, and I find passion in serving others.


    My Privilege

    I am a cisgendered, heterosexual, white male-bodied homeowner with a graduate degree. During five years in a chief executive role, I grew in my understanding that the only way to dismantle racist structures is to give decision-making power over those structures to the people most harmed by them. The best way for me to support that work was to step aside and let others lead. Rather than look for the next leadership role, I want to find work where I can be in a supporting role, using what I have learned about cultivating organizational shifts to make other leaders successful.

    Learning Cohorts

    So much of what I have learned has been in community. I have been honored to be part of the following learning cohorts:

    • Leadership Circles (Propel Nonprofits)
    • Change Network MN (Cultural Wellness Center)
    • Equity Builder (Propel Nonprofits)
    • Financial Leadership Cohort (Propel Nonprofits)
    • ArtsLab (Arts Midwest) 
    • Arts Innovation Lab (EmcArts)
    • Regional Arts Development Program (Bush Foundation)

    Other Leadership Roles

     In addition to my past employment, I have experience in these other leadership roles:

    • Commissioner, Minneapolis Arts Commission
    • Board Chair, Bedlam Theatre
    • Founding Board Member, Interim ED, Franklin Artworks
    • Founding Board Member, Interim ED, Minnesota Green Roofs Council

    Previous Employment

    After nearly a decade as a theater artist, I build twenty years of experience in Arts and Environmental nonprofits. 

    • Executive Director, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 2015-2020.
    • Development Manager, Pillsbury House + Theatre, 2011-2015.
    • Urban Greenspace Consultant 2006-2011.
    • Program Director, Greenspace Partners, The Green Institute 2000-2006.
    • Theater Artist, 1992-2000

    What Will We Cultivate?

    The things we give our attention to are the things that will grow. Cultivation is choosing what we wish to see grow, and shifting our attention. In a time when we can no longer rely on past ways of getting things done, I work with groups to identify what is most most important, and what attention will encourage new ideas to thrive. Together we can cultivate:

    • Grant Proposals and Fundraising Plans
    • Program/Project Design
    • Strategic Planning
    • Cultural self study within mostly white communities
    • Leadership Development
    • Wild Ideas