- To build local capacity for innovation and adaptive change in the arts and social sector
- To create the space and conditions for our partners to take on complex challenges
- To deeply integrate artists and artistic practices into change efforts
We design workshops, coaching, and intensive labs that are deeply influenced by artistic processes, which we believe opens up new ways of thinking and seeing.
Since 2005, we’ve helped 2,500 leaders, 250 organizations, and dozens of communities transform their practices, navigate uncertainty, and create new value. Learn more
Our team has helped leading nonprofits, foundations, city agencies, and cultural leaders realize their dreams for the future. Read more about our team members.
What We're Reading
- Donella Meadows: Leverage Points - Places to Intervene in a System
- Clara Miller: Hidden in Plain Sight - Understanding Non-Profit Capital Structure
- Ronald Heifetz: The Work of Leadership
- David Snowden and Mary E. Boone: A Leadership Framework for Decision Making
- Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman and Michael Patton: Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed
- Zaid Hassan: The Social Labs Revolution
- Adam Kahane: Power and Love
- Valdis Krebs and June Holley: Building Smart Communities through Network Weaving
Three Case Studies: Innovating at the Intersections of Arts and Social Justice
Featuring Alternate ROOTS, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and The Theater Offensive, this report examines the contours, possibilities and limitations of adaptive change for arts and social justice organizations in our Labs.
Somewhere Becoming Rain: Adaptive Change is the Future of the Arts
Learning from the national Innovation Labs in the Arts
GIA Reader Article: The Artistry of Systemic Change
Authored by Richard Evans and Eric Booth, this article in the GIA Reader (Vol 28, No. 3, Fall 2017) documents what we have learned so far from our Community Innovation Labs about the role artists can play in community change efforts.