Labor Relations And The Arts

I’ve had a number of requests for a copy of my TEDx presentation on labor relations and the arts so I wanted to take a moment today and post the slides along with the script. Since I used an iPad teleprompter app, the actual presentation was pretty much verbatim; as such, this should provide a very clear idea of what transpired…

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Looking Back To Move Forward In Philadelphia

The 5/8/2011 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer published an extensive article by Peter Dobrin which takes a very hard look at the Philadelphia Orchestra Association (POA) bankruptcy filing in a much broader sense than we’ve seen elsewhere to date. In particular, issues of accountability are brought to light…

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TEDx Overview

I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at last Saturday’s TEDx Michigan Ave event. There was a wide variety of talks and an equally wide assortment of those in attendance. It’s always fascinating to cross pollinate with other sectors inside the wider arts field and the focus of each talk combined with the field concentration of each speaker, produced a great event… Although all of the presentations were engaging, I found a …

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The Power Of Ideas

David Zoltan, the organizer for tomorrow’s TEDx Michigan Ave event here in Chicago, published an article yesterday at the 2AMt blog which examines his work taking the event from idea to launch. It’s a good post that also goes into a bit more detail about what each of the 13 speakers will be talking about…

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Relax, It's Not A Crisis

In case you missed it, WQXR hosted a live discussion panel webcast titled American Orchestras: Endangered Species? yesterday which you can watch online at or in the embedded video after the break. In complete candor, I haven’t watched the entire session yet myself but I was disappointed at the onset by phrasing of the initial question from host and WQXR VP Graham Parker…

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