Webinars

EmcArts offers affordable webinars for practitioners interested in learning more about organizational innovation.

Why a Webinar Series?
For the last ten years, our programs have equipped participants with rigorous frameworks and practical tools for innovation. Recently, we've heard from our community that you want more affordable and accessible ways to experience our services. We're responded by experimenting with a public webinar series that shares our essential frameworks and tools with a broader audience online.

Our 2016 webinar series is geared towards practitioners and leaders in the arts and social sectors who are interested in organizational innovation. Each 60-min webinar will be interactive and feature organizational leaders who have successfully engaged innovation and adaptive change in the arts. Read more about the sessions below, and register online to save yourself a spot!

Current Webinar Series
$30 per webinar ($100 for the series)

Innovation 101: Reimagining the Way We Do Business in Cultural Organizations
June 17th, 2016 from 1-2pm EST
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It’s Getting Hot in Here: A Leader’s Guide to Managing the Discomfort of Change 
October 24th, 2016 from 1-2pm EST
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Resourcing Innovation: Four Smarter Ways to Support Emerging Initiatives 
November 7th, 2016 from 1-2pm EST
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Build Your Toolkit: Designing “Small Experiments with Radical Intent”
November 17th, 2016 from 1-2pm EST
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Keep scrolling down the page for detailed descriptions of each webinar.

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Innovation 101: Reimagining the Way We Do Business in Cultural Organizations 
June 17th, 2016 from 1-2pm EST
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This is a complex time for the cultural sector. The norms of the last 50 years are no longer holding up. Today's leaders recognize that passive audiences, subscription models, hierarchical leadership, and linear strategic planning can no longer solve the persistent challenges they face. Now, more than ever, we need to let go of the “best practices” of the past in favor of “next practices” for the future. You’ll love this webinar if you’re yearning to better understand why your organizational challenges seem more intractable than ever before.  At the end of this webinar, you’ll better understand the seismic shifts taking place right now in the cultural sector, and become familiar with the essential definitions, frameworks and tools EmcArts has used over the past 10 years to help organizations create value in a changing world.

As Edgar Schein has written: “In order to innovate, organizations have to resurrect, examine and then break the frame created by old assumptions.”



Build Your Toolkit: Designing “Small Experiments with Radical Intent”
September 12th, 2016 from 1-2pm EST
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Building adaptive capacity in your organization requires doing real work that gets you out of your comfort zone. At EmcArts, we teach organizations how to design “small experiments with radical intent” as a practical way to unfreeze the status quo without risking too much, too fast.  These small radical actions help you surface assumptions and identify patterns that will support or hinder change. You’ll love this webinar if you’ve been looking for a low-risk place to start innovating. At the end of this webinar, you’ll have a practical framework to use right away to design, implement, and evaluate radical experiments. 

As Jerry Sternin, author of The Power of Positive Deviance, said, “It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking, than to think your way into a new way of acting.”



It’s Getting Hot in Here: A Leader’s Guide to Managing the Discomfort of Change
October 24th, 2016 from 1-2pm EST
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Going where your organization has never gone before is stressful.  Innovating means bringing people together to work differently, to give up control, and to operate effectively in a high level of uncertainty. Tensions run high when the very practices and structures that some folks helped construct – and that used to be reliable predictors of success – are now being challenged as outdated or irrelevant. Managing the conflicts fostered by innovative work is a huge leadership responsibility. You’ll love this webinar if you’re looking for new ways to handle critical moments of conflict with dignity and effectiveness.  You’ll learn simple frameworks for maintain a productive stance in times of intense change.

“In a complex adaptive system, creativity and innovation have the best chance to emerge precisely at the point of greatest tension and apparent irreconcilable differences. Rather than smoothing over these differences, we should focus on them and seek a new way forward.” – Brenda Zimmerman in Edgeware.



Resourcing Innovation: Four Smarter Ways to Support Emerging Initiatives
November 7th, 2016 from 1-2pm EST
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Adaptive change both builds and spends your organization’s capital, but not always in the way you think. Financial capital is essential to effective change, and needs to be used strategically. But too often we overlook three other resources we need to support our change efforts: social capital (relationships), human capital (talent), and knowledge capital (information).  By focusing on all four types of capital, you’ll develop a more robust support system for your innovative initiatives, and be able to tell a more compelling story about your impacts as they emerge. You’ll love this webinar if you’re incubating an innovation and looking for new ways to tell a compelling story to your staff, board, and funders about the resources you’re using and generating.  You’ll learn to capture information about four types of assets at all stages of your innovation – from germination, to incubation, to scaling. 

“We need a framework for harnessing all the elements needed to promote sustainable social solutions.  In practice, however, these elements are rarely coordinated in a systematic way. As a result, social solutions are often slower than necessary, difficult to replicate, and poorly understood.” – Nonprofit Finance Fund, Complete Capital


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Purchase tickets to all four webinars at the discounted package rate of $100.