A 2amt Whiteboard: Tear Down These Walls

03.02.12 | 4 Comments

CATEGORIES advocacy, alternatives, collaboration, conversation starter, ideas, mission, non-profit theatre, rabble rousing, social profit, steal this idea, the future, theatrical ecosystem, whiteboard

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Tony Adams

Tony Adams is a Chicago based theatre artist, husband and father, and artistic director of Halcyon Theatre. He's been lucky enough to amass hundreds of credits over the past fifteen years as (in alphabetical order) an actor, designer, director, producer and writer. He also staged managed twice. He is a horrible stage manager.Find him on twitter at @halcyontony.

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  • Boy, do I love this.

    I imagine a Google-like scenario in which all of the members of a collective organically move between the four areas of focus. In which people assemble into an “organization” (though that word seems inadequate) that constantly shifts and remodels itself to support the primary goal of connecting art and audiences.

    What I also love here is that this is inspirational without being overly defined. You could end up with a variety of different “organizations” that don’t resemble one another but that were all inspired by this same piece.

    It also goes without saying that by presenting your ideas this way, rather than in some long-winded blog post (raising my guilty hand here) you are inviting interpretation and creating inspiration. Fewer words = more new ideas.

    Thank you for this, Tony.

  • This is great. I vote for MORE 2amt Whiteboards!

  • Deborah Obalil

    This is a lovely framing of an effective organization.  It takes the traditional “3-legged stool” analogy of mission, money/management & marketing and creates a a visual image that more clearly indicates how all of the functions of an organization are interrelated and must work together to truly achieve success.  I’d love to see this in practice, and imagine that such an organization would probably also benefit from Andrew Taylor’s “job function trading cards” concept (http://www.artsjournal.com/artfulmanager/?s=job+trading+cards).