Celebrating Volunteers in the Arts – 6th Ann. Conf.

Title: Celebrating Volunteers in the Arts – 6th Ann. Conf.
Location: Museum of Vancouver (BC)
Link out: Click here
Description: ReBirth and ReBrand for Success & Sustainability, with special attention to “Engaging Young People in Arts and Culture”
$25 Registration includes breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.
Paid parking is the rule @ MoV now, $10 for the day
Buses 02,22, 32
Info: vog@shaw.ca or Tel 604 733 9329
Start Time: 08:30
Date: 2011-02-19
End Time: 15:15

The week that was…

Mid-November has seen a flurry of intense activity, the epicentre of it all being the Coast Plaza Hotel in the West End of Vancouver. ┬áThe week began with two days of HR Council meetings with nonprofit stakeholders, followed by the Government Non-Profit Initiative 2010 Summit on Wednesday, Imagine Canada’s Forum 2010 on Thursday, and – obviously overlapping – the Counterparts Gathering 2010 Thursday to Saturday.
It has been a Rubik’s Cube of intersections, reformations, reconnections and inspirations that will take a while to process. Delegates from provinces and territories, representing all levels of government and some of the rich tapestry of our sector’s diverse organizations, attended all or part of one or several of these events.
In addition, many people had the opportunity to hear from Dan Pallotta and buy his book (“Uncharitable”), and debate the relative merits of what we heard with people who hold differing points of view. It was not a conference, but a great mash-up of human interaction with a purpose.
Once we are unplugged from this Matrix of Meetings, we will share highlights, relevant learnings, and links to surprising new resources that we have gleaned over the week.

Triggering themes

Some of the events and trends we share across a broad spectrum of organizational mandates and styles have really challenged us. Here are a few of them:

  1. increased uncertainty and reduced support – financial and structural – from government and private sector. Do we become victims of undeserved neglect, or find a way to be leaders in innovative thinking?
  2. looking forward, an expectation of dramatically reduced funding from the usual sources. Are there other ways to fund our work? What is holding us back?
  3. an aging leadership remains in place because of economic uncertainty, but may be motivated by duty rather than inspiration – how do we engage and re-ignite the passion of our elders, peers and next generation leadership? How do we ensure that our own history of community-building serves the future?
  4. perplexed by a continuing lack of recognition of the sector at a peer level, after years of work to create visibility and quantify impact, what could we do differently? How shall we get outside the box of our own making?
  5. counterproductive niche-seeking and protectionism vs. collaboration and open sourcing – survival in a time of chaos
  6. a widening intergenerational gap, exacerbated by differences in adoption of new technologies. How can we get past the differences to link the common ground between these cultures?

Are these questions you have been asking yourself? your board? your staff?

The Power of Ideas

Sharing provocative ideas, asking irresistable questions, offering a space for wise dialogue, demonstrating curiosity and engendering hope.