Category Archives: Cultural Entrepreneurship

Selfie Town: Music Fest Lessons for The Swanky Arts.

For the past 10 years I’ve attended a summer music festival annually, replacing the great many rock shows I used to know with a single weekend in the sun. I’ve been all over including Las Vegas, New Orleans, upstate New … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Fail. Defining Culture as Brunch

A local café in my city recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to move from one crummy old house to a slightly newer one, though with more space and (presumably) less apt to fall apart or burn to the ground. They … Continue reading

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(Not) Just the $: Five Questions for Your Marketing Partnership Before the Green Flag.

I was with Butler University MBA candidates recently chatting about international sponsorship and proposal development, and it got me thinking about motorsports, men’s fashion and key questions to ask of potential corporate partnerships beyond pricing. Here in Indianapolis we host … Continue reading

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Night People: On the pleasures of a late supper

One of the things I enjoy most about my work in Ireland is a late supper, of wandering in after 9pm to a proper restaurant for a quiet meal and good conversation (or, if alone, a tender rendezvous with my … Continue reading

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(Almost) Nothing like Mad Men: Reindeer Games with Advertising Agencies

It is an uneventful Tuesday in your Fundraising office when the call (or more likely, the email) falls out of the Sunny Blue Sky: “Hi, I ‘d like more information on sponsorship of your outdoor Summer Series. Can you send … Continue reading

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On Opera.

As much as one can say so in the state of Indiana, I grew up in the Opera. After the injustice of high school, I enrolled as an eager young freshman at Indiana University, one of the largest colleges in … Continue reading

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More Fun. More Sharing. No auction: Gala tips from a Two Tuxedo Skeptic.

Most of our non-profit fundraising galas are tepid and uninspired affairs. Start with the low quality beverages and uninteresting hors d’oeuvres of a cocktail hour of milling about tables of so-so auction items. Move on to an overcooked filet with … Continue reading

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Sprawling Headfirst into Grace: On Turning 40.

My family lived in Asia when I was a lad and the traditional homes featured highly polished wooden staircases. Sublimely dangerous, even my father took a tumble, breaking his leg in Okinawa while responding to a prowler late one night. … Continue reading

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Creative Failings from a Creative Business – Arts Sponsorship and the lack of Artfulness.

I was sitting with a fellow in Dublin some weeks back, talking shop. My friend is an Irish leader in bringing together non-profit and corporate alliances and we were talking about sponsorship in the Arts. He articulated something in frustration … Continue reading

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30,000 feet is the New Black – On the 106 Airplanes of 2013

My work travel year is coming to an end next week with a quick trip to North Carolina – the 106th business flight of 2013 by the time I get home. Sparkling water to hydrate, turkey wraps of every description, … Continue reading

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