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Art is really a lot like money

I don’t know if I find this idea convincing. I certainly find it attractive. If you know of someone who’s tried to argue this way before, or if you have holes to poke in the idea, please have at it. Art Is Like Money Art is an awful lot like...

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So I have a weird problem with a few artists. Some are authors, some are pop musicians, some are random I-don’t-know-but-sometimes-they-have-a-kickstarter people. I want literally everything they make. I don’t care what it is. Anne Leckie‘s sequel to Ancillary Justice is coming out? I want it. The pre-order date is...

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Speaking at the Dance/NYC Symposium

Sydney Skybetter is hosting something really fun at the Dance/NYC symposium on February 22nd of next year. Instead of a panel discussion where 3-5 people get rambly for an hour, Sydney is getting bunch of his ‘culture warriors’ together (including me) and grilling us one by one. I think he’ll...

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Speaking at the New Music Gathering

The inaugural New Music Gathering just announced its line-up, and it’s really fun. I’m pretty excited to be speaking on some issues related to careers in the arts, and also to be doing what they’re billing as “therapy”, which is mostly “career therapy”. Given how much stress there is associated...

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Extraneous Concept Patrol

My job involves a lot of talking to people about ideas, from high level mission, vision, and strategy, to nitty gritty things like how teams communicate, how projects fit together, and how people think about the process of doing their job. Clear thinking is incredibly important to my work, both...

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Beet and Cheese Tacos

This barely rises to the status of a recipe, but I’ve made it so much in the last few weeks that I think it merits documentation. I stole the combination of beets, tortillas, and cheese off of the housemate of a friend of mine who I stayed with in Seattle...

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Dump Your Vendor: DIY Tech for Non-Profits

A lot of non-profits have problems that sound like this: We’re paying almost a whole salary, if not more, for this third party technology that supports an essential part of our organization, but we’re really unhappy with it. It doesn’t really do what we need it to do, and our...

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Arts Entrepreneurship is a Resistance Movement

There’s been a lot of great discussion of arts entrepreneurship on NewMusicBox recently. There’s a lot of good stuff there, and also plenty I disagree with. The emphasis on arts entrepreneurship in education in particular has come under some fire. Teaching young artists this stuff is about helping them to...

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How Non-Profits Can Learn From Tech Startups

There’s a lot non-profits can learn from the tech industry. Of course, when I say that, sometimes people think I mean that non-profits should emulate startups and their culture, complete with the venture capital, the ping pong, and the gender equity issues. Unsurprisingly, that’s not what I mean. For more...

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Cabbage Soup

I don’t really like cabbage, but the CSA is basically like a slow motion episode of Chopped but only with vegetables. So now I know that I like cucumber salads, and I have this recipe for cabbage soup. Start by chopping and washing the entire giant head of cabbage that...

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Data Adjacent Decision Making

I’ve been talking a fair amount recently about the dangers of “data adjacent decision making.” This happens when you have a lot of numbers, and probably a graph, and you put them next to a decision, and then believe that your decision is based on solid scientific reasoning. I’ve seen...

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30 Exactly 30

I turned 30 on June 6, 2014. Instead of a “30 under 30″ list, I took some time that day to put together a “30 Exactly 30” list. I rooted around the internet to find thirty people born on exactly the same day I was. A lot of them were...