Introducing Venture Event Manager


It’s time to unveil the project that’s been keeping me busy the past several months: Venture Event Manager, a WordPress event management plugin. Five years ago, I launched The Venture Platform, a hosted, managed web development service for arts organizations and artists. Not long after that launch, my programmer and I explored the potential for extracting the event management functionality and offering it as a standalone WordPress plugin. After perfecting VEM’s …

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#TBT Area-51

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In light of this week’s earlier post mentioning my time in Doha, Qatar it seems fitting to highlight a few of the articles from that time. The first is from one of the more humbling experiences during the project in the form of realizing the limitations of only speaking a single language. If it weren’t for the enormously talented and efficient translating staff, I have no doubt that the project would …

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Doing RFPs The Right Way

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I’m at the  2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference today running a session alongside Ceci Dadisman designed to help nonprofit admins get their RFP on. And since this session is all about sharing inside info, that means you can find the slide deck online plus Ceci and I put together a special microsite that includes…wait for it…an interactive self-diagnosis questionnaire to help identify if a traditional RFP or a contemporary Project Evaluation is better …

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Well This Is Interesting

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The 4/9/18 edition of published an article that reports a new agreement between Saudi Arabia and the Paris Opera “to help Saudi Arabia set up a national orchestra and an opera.” The article doesn’t provide many details other than mentioning “the Paris Opera company help the Kingdom produce its own classical music and shows.” Consequently, this will likely be more of a wait and see type of scenario. Having been in …

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Reaching Common Ground

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There’s a terrific article by Barry Courter in the 4/8/18 edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Courter followed the musicians from Arts Capacity on their most recent program bringing live music to inmates at Georgia’s Walker State Prison. The result is a wonderfully detailed account of the program along with direct feedback from inmates attending the program. I was planning on writing something about the program as the promised follow up to …

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