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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Is It Better To Give Or Receive? by Joe Patti

I saw a tweet by Maria Popova linking to a piece she wrote about the philosopher Seneca’s thoughts on gratitude and thought it might make an appropriate post for Thanksgiving. Seneca was a…

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Germany Gives 18 Year Olds The Gift of Culture by Joe Patti

Over the years, I have written a fair bit on culture passes that various European countries have distributed to young people.  In addition to passes for cultural experiences and goods, some…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Guests Can Change The Rules by Joe Patti

I was out taking a walk this weekend and flipped over to the NPR livestream just as an episode of the Splendid Table came on. As they introduced the second guest, Priya Parker, I wondered wh…

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Doesn’t It Need To Be *About* Something? by Joe Patti

My nephew is in the throes of writing essays for college applications so perhaps that is why a Twitter thread by author Kelly Barnhill caught my attention a month ago. She talks about how ne…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

I Started This Blog Post Today by Joe Patti

Okay, a little bit of a rant today. I have wanted to get this off my chest for a couple years now. Who decided that greeting customers with “What can I get started for you today?” was a …

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

The Oral Tradition We Have All Joyfully Perpetuated by Joe Patti

About a week ago, The Atlantic had an article that answered a question that has been nagging me for quite a few years – are kids still passing down the silly, nonsense jokes, hand clapping…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

80 Years Before TKTS – The First Discount Ticket Booth In Times Square by Joe Patti

Little trip down memory lane to an entry I did referencing Joe LeBlang, the owner of a tobacco shop whose entrepreneurial mind created NYC’s first Times Square discount ticket service in …

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Where Have All The Pledge Drive Guests Gone? by Joe Patti

I have been listening to the pledge drive for the statewide public radio network the last couple weeks and been thinking nostalgically about my time living in Hawaii when I was a regular gue…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Somber Silence The New Standing Ovation? by Joe Patti

I saw an article on the NBC News site questioning the value of standing ovations with a subtitle suggesting the seeming default occurrence of the act was a symptom of “‘everyone gets a t…

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Adding A Throwaway Option Can Solidify Decisions by Joe Patti

Many arts organizations are seeing a drop in ticket sales and subscriptions this year which got me to thinking about a TED talk Dan Ariely did about how unwanted options helped helped people…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Do Factors Underlying Desire To Work From Home Herald An Increase In Creativity? by Joe Patti

Back in 2009 I wrote about a TED talk Dan Pink did on motivation. In particular, he discussed how monetary rewards was successful at motivating people in mechanical tasks, but when it came t…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Quit Your Job, But Don’t Quit The Arts by Joe Patti

Perusing my archives, I came across a post about something Adam Thurman of The Mission Paradox blog wrote regarding the poor work environment in the arts. While people, including myself, wer…

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Perhaps It Is A Lack of Desire To Make The Arts Fit by Joe Patti

Looking back at past entries, I came across a post I wrote about educator Jane Remer’s thoughts about arts in education. I had read and written this post years before I began corresponding…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Have Things Changed Since 2008? by Joe Patti

I am going to be traveling and preparing to take up a new position so I am dipping back into the archives to help provide some content while I am busy elsewhere.  One of the first entries I…

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Pursuit of Low Overhead Ratio Is Starving Cultural Org Of Success by Joe Patti

For a long time now pursuit of a low overhead ratio has been viewed as a benchmark of good governance in the non-profit sector. There have been arguments against that view, but the perceptio…

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

When You Realize Pandemic Stole Theatre, But Not Your Identity by Joe Patti

Last month I mentioned NPR was doing a series on theatre in the US. In fact, there is an installment in that series airing today. However, today I wanted to point out a entry in the series f…

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Actual Recognition That Return To Office Shouldn’t Be Return To Usual by Joe Patti

Yesterday Daniel Pink made the following Twitter post about OKRs – Objectives & Key Results (because apparently KPIs – Key Performance Indicators, needed to be replaced with another …

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Questioning Capacity Building by Joe Patti

Over the last few months, Non-Profit Quarterly has run a series of pieces on the topic of capacity building. In particular, the authors have challenged the notion that current capacity build…

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Friday, October 14, 2022

Great Experience Is Crucial To Achieving Perfect Acoustics by Joe Patti

I haven’t really been paying close attention to all the recent stories about the re-opening of the renovated Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, but a New Yorker article about how the acoustics…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Pittsburgh Likes Us, But Europe Loves Us by Joe Patti

Jeremy Reynolds recently wrote a great piece about the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) European tour. The article isn’t so much about what happened during the tour as it is about w…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

You Probably Need To Be Spending More On Overhead by Joe Patti

For decades now there has been a belief that the lower the ratio of non-profit’s overhead expenses to program expense, the better run the non-profit is.  As a result, a low overhead ratio…

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Monday, October 10, 2022

The Will Exists, Arts & Culture Facilitate The Relationships & Conversation by Joe Patti

Given that today is Indigenous People’s Day, I wanted to mention some recent positive developments related to the arts and an increased presence and role of the Muscogee (Creek) people who…

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Creative Expression Is A Renewable National Resource by Joe Patti

Countries around the world are eyeing the success of South Korea’s K-Pop, and Japan’s earlier J-Pop, and are developing national music strategies of their own according to a recent Forbe…

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

How Are You Philanthropic Rather Than How Much by Joe Patti

Last week Vox had a provocatively titled article saying “Why fewer Americans are donating to charity.” Rising to that provocation, I read the fairly lengthy piece that essentially said t…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Interviewing Post Covid: How Do You Want To Do It? by Joe Patti

Last week Barry Hessenius sent me a link to a Buzzfeed article listing answers to job interview questions, suggesting it might make a good blog post. This suggestion was well-timed because D…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

If Only These Problems Were Myths Of A Past Age by Joe Patti

If you have read Ve Le’s Non-Profit AF blog, you know that he often frames serious topics with a bit of humor, often extolling vegan cuisine and his obsession with the Oxford comma. Freque…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Org Culture More Important Than Artistic Reputation by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago Aubrey Bergauer hosted a LinkedIn conversation with Karen Freeman from Advisory Board for the Arts (ABA) to discuss what mattered most to arts professionals as they sought…

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Strippers Ask Actors Equity’s Help Securing Safe Work Environment by Joe Patti

A couple weeks ago I caught an NPR story about a group of strippers at a bar in LA who were working to unionize under the auspices of Actors’ Equity Association.  The dancers had been dis…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

NPR Series May Help Expand Conversation About Theatre in US by Joe Patti

Keep your radio tuned and your ears open to your local NPR station for the next month or so, especially if you are a theatre professional. The network is doing a series over the next five we…

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Next To Pick Up The Reins by Joe Patti

Since there is a bit of a cross-readership, many of you may have already seen that Drew McManus announced yesterday that he was going to cease posting regularly on the Adaptistration blog. D…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Whos And Hows Of TikTok For Arts Orgs by Joe Patti

By some fortuitous coincidence, I was digging into my news feed backlog and read Seema Rao’s Museum 2.0 post on guidelines for museum Tiktok accounts on the same day Ceci Dadisman put out …

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