Susan Detwiler

98 Added | 7 Magazines | 7 Likes | 2 Following | 2 Followers | @SusanDetwil2016 | Consultant, facilitator, and strategic planning guide for nonprofits; believer in the power of vision to create the future we want to live in.                         sdetwiler@detwiler.com                         

People Trust Museums More Than Newspapers. Here Is Why That Matters Right Now (DATA)

<b>Actually, it always matters. But data lends particular insight into an important role that audiences want museums to play right now.</b><p><i>“Are museums</i> …

Climate

2017’s Collaboration Prize Winner Can Teach a Thing or Two

“The surface muscles of the trunk and upper limb, from <i>Anatomy for artists</i> by John Marshall,” J.S. Cuthbert, 1883. Copyrighted work available under …

Philanthropy

How to Identify Toxic Leaders and Improve Company Culture

Unfortunately, most professionals have had a bad boss or two. But did you know there’s more than one kind? Recently, Binghamton University professor …

Leadership

Culture Counts in Communities

This report presents the guiding principles and conceptual framework developed by, and underlying the work of, the Urban Institute's Arts and Culture …

Culture

Why Donors Stop Giving to Cultural Organizations (DATA)

<b>Here’s why some people make a few donations to a cultural organization and then stop giving, according to the donors themselves.</b>Yesterday was …

Management

Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)

By Melody Barnes & Paul SchmitzIn adopting data-driven practices, leaders must avoid the temptation to act in a top-down manner. Instead, they should …

Philanthropy

Moving From Pass/Fail to Continuous Progress (Blog)

By Patrick LawlerIt’s hard to fully understand the effects of interventions that aim to address several life challenges at once. But it can help to …

Education

Are Mobile Apps Worth It For Cultural Organizations? (DATA)

<b>The short answer: No.</b><p>Mobile applications have been a hot topic for a long while within the visitor-serving industry. There are mobile applications …

Mobile Marketing

Five Insights from Directors Sharing Power

By Vtsarev (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons<p><i>This article comes from the upcoming Spring 2017 edition of the</i> Nonprofit Quarterly<i>, on</i> …

Nonprofits

Breaking Down Data-Informed Barriers to Visitation for Cultural Organizations (DATA)

<b>Here’s a round-up of the primary reasons why people with an interest in visiting cultural organizations do not actually end up visiting…and what your</b> …

Harvard

Evaluating Community Change

In 2012, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) made a big bet on the ability of collective impact to accelerate systems change. It committed $3.5 …

Education

Who Says a Common Agenda Is Necessary for Collective Impact?

o-O-o-O-o / Rob<p><i>Editors’ note: This piece differs from those previously published on collective impact in that the implications stem from several</i> …

Nonprofits

Two Ways Organizations Adapt to Change (And Which Brings Long-Term Success)

<b>Organizations tend to approach trends in one of two ways – but only one makes for greater odds of long-term success.</b>Many organizations are doing …

Digital Marketing

From Guessing to Knowing (Blog)

By Jesús GerenaWe do best when we let communities define and direct their own “positive outcomes.”

Innovation

5 Choices You Can Make to Become a Conscious Leader in Your Workplace and in Your Life

Selling Social Change

By Taz Hussein & Matt PlummerRather than focusing so much effort on creating services that are “innovative,” nonprofits need to develop a more …

Innovation

7 Ways to Get Your Board on Board With Sponsorship

Following on from Chris’ excellent article on what boards need to know about sponsorship, here are a few extra tips on how you can make it much …

Beyond Financial Oversight: Expanding the Board’s Role in the Pursuit of Sustainability

© JAMES HARDY / PHOTOALTO / CORBIS<p>Throughout the ten years prior to the recession, it seemed that whenever anyone talked about boards and finances in …

How to Listen When You Disagree: A Lesson from the Republican National Convention

Cultural Organizations: People (Not Things) Matter Most

<b>This may be the most important sentence for the evolution of visitor-serving organizations.</b>This post is a short one, but it’s an important one to me …

Content Marketing

Six Concepts that Visitor-Serving Organizations Confuse at Their Own Risk

<b>For the sake of the future of cultural organizations, let’s stop mixing up these terms.</b> There’s a good amount of information here on KYOB that has …

Marketing

Voices of Board Chairs: A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs

<b>Editors’ note:</b> <i>This article was adapted from a research report by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, published on August 23, 2016. Visit</i> …

Governance

The Empty Space: A Look at How Theaters Have Filled Gaps in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Oren Jacoby’s adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s INVISIBLE MAN / The Huntington<p><b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>This piece is part of our ongoing Equity, Diversity, and</i> …

Why we hold on to bad employees, and why we need to fire people faster

Hi everyone. This post a little tough for me to write. Because, I love the people in our sector, 93% of whom are amazing, dedicated, wonderful …

Management

Study of Arts Nonprofits Shows Donations Drop as Audience Numbers Rise

September 7, 2016; Phys.org<p><i>Despite a growing culture of performance measurement, the empirical evidence does not provide strong support of its</i> …

KQED

<i>The excerpt below is from the book “Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom,” by Patricia A. Jennings.</i> …

Pedagogy

Can You Really Power an Organization with Love?

Tolstoy asserted that “<i>one can live magnificently in this world if one knows how to work and how to love</i>.” Freud said, “l<i>ove and work… work and love, that’s all there is</i>.”<p>Love and work.<p>Tolstoy and Freud suggest we need to do both. I suggest we need to do both <i>at the same time.</i><p>For centuries, outside …

How U.S. Army Basic Training Turns Diverse Groups into Teams

We know that diverse teams are more creative and productive than homogenous teams, but how do you get individuals who aren’t alike working together smoothly? As I’ve seen from teaching over 960 recruits as a basic-training company commander in the U.S. Army, people from various backgrounds struggle …

The Value of Shared Experiences Within Cultural Organizations (DATA)

<b>Exhibit and program content is important, but visitors who have the best experience aren’t the ones that come for the content.</b> At cultural …

Content Marketing