Innovation Lab


The Happy, Healthy Arts Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact and Creativity Without Burnout
Beth Kanter is working on her 3rd book, The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout to be published by Wiley in 2017. This book will take on the outdated work ethic that plagues many arts and other nonprofits: “The Scarcity Mindset” of working long hours with few resources without investing in an organizational strategy for self-care.
The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit is a manifesto for mindset change in our sector, raising the conversations about the importance of self-care. This book is also be a practical toolkit filled with concrete examples, ideas and practices for both individuals and organizations working on social change issues to achieve impact and peak creativity without burnout.
As social media has become more widely adopted in the nonprofit workplace, our personal lives, and our society at large, hyper-connectivity is contributing to the feeling of being overworked and overwhelmed that is so common too many who work in the nonprofit sector. The Happy Healthy Nonprofit takes off where The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit left off — helping individuals and the nonprofit organizations they work for how to live and work with online networks in more sustainable ways.
The topics include:
  • Understanding the pillars of self-care for individuals: sleep, nutrition, exercise
  • Stress reduction techniques
  • Managing technology and information overload
  • Understanding and practicing different ways to work that replenish individual energy
  • Effective team work habits and communication
  • Productive and effective meetings
  • Developing staff wellness plans as part of organizational strategy
  • Mindful Leadership
  • Ways to encourage individual and group reflection and learning

The design lab will begin with Beth sharing some provocative ideas from her next book, a work in progress. The book will help nonprofits redefine organizational culture, and improve attitudes and personal habits for sustainable impact. These ideas will set the stage for an innovation lab where participants can explore these ideas in greater depth and contribute to the book’s research.
The ideas generated in this session will not only inform the research for her book, but also you will experience and learn the facilitation technique used in the field of “design thinking.” The lab will use the Luma Institute design methodology and Kanter will share her facilitation craft and knowledge.


Innovation Lab Question: How can arts leaders create a culture of replenishment, energy, and creativity in nonprofit arts organizations?

Pre-Reading:
These are all short reads!
  1. Why Are Arts Organizations Burning Out?
    http://performing.artshub.com.au/news-article/career-advice/performing-arts/madeleine-dore/why-we-are-burning-out-in-the-arts-249582
  2. How Nonprofits Need To Bust The Sitting Culture
    http://www.bethkanter.org/stop-sitting-at-work/
  3. A Simple Way for Nonprofit Leaders To Bring Mindfulness to Work
    http://www.bethkanter.org/mindful-leaders/
  4. The Secret Every Nonprofit Leader Needs To Know About Productivity
    http://www.bethkanter.org/ultradian_rhythm/
  5. Does Your Nonprofit Have A Wellness Program?
    http://www.bethkanter.org/wellness/
  6. Using Design Thinking and Innovation Labs for Reinvention
    http://www.bethkanter.org/design-thinking-brainerd/

Agenda
Time
Activity
3:15-3:30
Introduction and Overview
3:30-3:50
Interview Share Pair (10 minutes each)
3:50-4:00
Rose, Bud, Thorn – Theme Analysis in small groups
4:00-4:30
Large Group Concept Map
4:30-4:45
Reframe Design Questions and Vote
Break
4:45-5:00
Round Robin
5:00-5:30
Concept Poster
5:30-6:00
Report Out
6:00-6:15
Reflection