Oct 3rd 2016

Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture (Coursera)

Developed by David Owens at Vanderbilt University and customized for the cultural sector with National Arts Strategies, this course will help arts and culture leaders create an environment where new ideas are constantly created, shared, evaluated and the best ones are successfully put to work. One of the toughest challenges for any leader is getting traction for new ideas. Winning support can be a struggle. As a result, powerful new ideas often get stuck. This is especially true in the cultural sector. People involved in arts and culture often have little time and even less money for experimentation and risks. This course will help those in the performing arts, museums, zoos, libraries and other cultural organizations build environments where new management and program ideas flourish.

Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture will teach you how to make an "innovation strategy" a fundamental component of your organization's overall strategy. In this seminar you will learn to:

- Analyze constraints on innovation in your organization, foresee obstacles and opportunities, and develop a shared vision

- Develop a process to manage the demands of multiple stakeholders, shifting priorities and the uncertainty inherent in new initiatives

- Create a culture for innovation and risk-taking that generates new perspectives and challenges existing practice

- Create a strong customer focus within your organization that anticipates customer needs

National Arts Strategies worked with David Owens to customize this course for those working in the cultural sector. They based their work on David Owens’ Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations course. This highly interactive 8-week course will engage you in a series of class discussions and exercises.


Week 1: Context of Innovation

Week 2: Individual Level Constraints

Week 3: Group Constraints

Week 4: Organisational Constraints

Week 5: Industry / Sector Constraints

Week 6: Societal Constraints

Week 7: Technological Constraints

Week 8: Leading an Innovation Strategy