Posts tagged ‘Torontoist’

September 6, 2012

14th in Innovation – Mom isn’t putting that grade on the fridge

From the Globe and Mail: Canada must refuel for cultural creativity

Sixty years ago, the Massey report created our first cultural “road map” by boldly recommending the establishment of a Canada Council to support our creative and interpretive artists.

Its recommendations also strongly encouraged a National Library and the growth of our core national cultural institutions: CBC-Radio Canada, the National Film Board, our archives and museums and scientific research. It affirmed the importance of culture to Canadian society and linked the development of a distinctive Canadian culture to our sovereignty and survival.

These recommendations produced remarkably positive results. However, culture has since been relegated to “niche” status under successive governments, and the cultural sector as a whole has been relegated to the periphery of policy-making.

So that was sixty years ago. Now from the Guardian: Why major theatre institutions should be left to die

The artists of tomorrow are not made through funding an elite, but by funding at the bottom of the pyramid – a pyramid that we have created and sustained during the good times but now seldom question, even though the landscape will look very different in the coming years.

We should stop building bricks and mortar and empires, and rid ourselves of the belief that growth is a good thing for the arts. We should put money into the bottom of the pyramid, not the top – it is only by funding the bottom that we can create the future.

Lots to think about.

In other news, our Mayor is in court proving spectacularly that stupidity isn’t illegal. Steve Kupferman from torontoist did some great live updating yesterday.

July 12, 2012

On Boards, on Crowdfunding, On Message Fatigue

We’ve cleared the halfway mark in this year’s Toronto Fringe – record-breaking sales are happening, advance tickets gone days before a show – a fantastic festival overall, and congratulations to staff and volunteers – home stretch!

Also major thank yous to the reviewers who have been tirelessly covering a ridiculous amount of shows – props to NOW, The Grid, Mooney on Theatre, BlogTO and Torontoist.

I’ve been bookmarking articles and every so often they get backed up so you get a post of things to read.

There has been a great deal of discussion lately on social media on board of directors, when they should step down, how to get them to step down, do you have to just wait it out, this is why there should be term limits, but a question that’s been asked, but hasn’t been answered (that I’ve seen) is: can you fire a Board of Directors?

Google gave me 30,600,000 results in (0.26 seconds). Here’s one of them.

Firing a Board Member with Grace

The statement I found most compelling in this:

But it matters that nonprofits always retain the right to fire a Board member because…
No one is above mission discipline.

And no one should operate outside it, most especially top decision makers like Board members

Event coming up at CSI that I want to go to:  A Quality Conversation about Crowdfunding in Ontario, CSI will be hosting Sherwood Neiss – one of the team that drove the crowdfunding legislation in the US – to brief us on what they did, how they did it and what we might do to make it happen here in Ontario.  You will also hear from local experts on where we are at in moving the crowdfunding agenda forward in Canada.

And finally Communication Fatigue. Over-communication is real. More than 100 trillion e-mails are sent every year, and that number is rising annually by about 10 per cent. Of those emails, about 76 per cent flow to consumers while 24 per cent are sent to corporate users. According to Radicati Group the typical consumer sends or receives more than 45 emails a day while the typical corporate user sends or receives more than 167 emails a day.

I’m too tired to write anymore about it.

December 9, 2011

You’re Charging HOW much, and a Call for Submissions

Quick post today with a bit of reading to finish off the week – an excellent article I found on a friend’s FB wall about the true cost of handmade:

I recently did my first craft fair.  And at that craft fair, one woman picked up every one of my hats, tried them on, and made a sort of a noise in the back of her throat indicating disgust. Then she muttered, “I don’t really like these hats” before looking at the price tag for one of them and looking at me over her glasses: “Do you really charge this much?” Read more

Personally, I would want to hand that person a brush and a tube of paint, or a crochet hook and skein of yarn and say, “Have at it!” It’s why I don’t get to work many craft shows.

And the Kensington Market BIA has a call for submissions out: The Kensington Market BIA has allocated some funds to work with local merchants to increase the number of murals installed in the area. Read more

And finally if you didn’t have time to tune into the show of shows otherwise known as the 2012 Budget hearings, I recommend you wander over to Torontoist where they live blogged the hell out of them:

Day One           Day Two

That’s me in the red hat.

Also an excellent commentary by Hamutal Dotan on Government, Ford Style.



July 28, 2011

today’s the big day!

Hundreds of Toronto taxpayers are set to show up at City Hall, part of a marathon meeting on budget cuts that is expected to stretch into the wee hours of the morning and run for at least an extra day.

Apparently there are nearly 300 people registered for their five minutes. Good. As I said before, speak well, get to your (important) point, know your facts, be polite and have your say. Excellent article to peruse pre-deputation courtesy Torontoist.

Another excellent article in the Star featuring Jeff Melanson and Jacoba Knappen for those deputing on arts and culture. Facts.

Good luck everyone. You’ll be awesome I’m sure.

Speaking of having your say – the survey! Only a few days left to voice your opinion – I’ve already got some great suggestions and new ideas to implement. Let me know what you think.

July 25, 2011

the Oft-Mentioned Survey and What Blogs Do You Follow?

That thunderclap this morning was the sound of heat breaking. Niiiice.

The survey is now live – super simple, super quick, less than 10 questions,  click here to take it as I do want your (anonymous) opinion. I’ll put the link in each blog post this week and it’s on the main page of the site and we’ll see what we get in a few days time. Results and best suggestions will be published.

Was asked the other day at coffee which blogs I follow, thought it was a good question so here are some that I do indeed check in with regularly. Some – not all. You have a life.

Seth’s Blog – Seth Godin has written thirteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.

Stepcase Lifehack –  a daily digest on productivity and life improvement

BlogTO, Spacing and Torontoist.

Freakonomics –  Steven D. Levitt is an economist. Stephen J. Dubner is a writer. They co-authored Freakonomics, a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys. They figured it would sell about 80 copies. Instead, it has sold 4 million, in 35 languages.

Mooney on Theatre, The Mad Craft Shoppe, The Spadina Monologues, Folks Gotta Eat,

TED talks – seriously. Take a TED talk once a day. It is like a multivitamin for your mind and soul. Some of my  favourites are here, here and here.

So there you go – some summer reading and a survey. Off you go!

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