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Creating a Culture of Possibility: Workshop with Arlene Goldbard
Bowery Poetry
New York, NY
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Creating a Culture of Possibility: Workshop with Arlene Goldbard
When I travel around the country talking to organizations about a culture of possibility, when I say we need to bring our whole selves to work minds, bodies, emotions and spirits, everyone gets it. Yet in many organizations, people feel that their work serves processes that they didn't create and haven't owned. To excel, people must feel their work enlarges their creativity, their sense of personal achievement, and their pleasure in what they do and what it means.

I call this a culture of possibility. It lets organizations shed the stale mechanical and hierarchical paradigms that saddle them with tedious meetings, pointless planning, irrelevant reports, metrics without learning in short, with mediocrity and renew themselves.

This workshop is for anyone working with any type of organization or business who knows that the people around you (and you yourself) are capable of much more creativity and enjoyment in work and its results. You may be an acknowledged leader, an absolute beginner, or someone in between who sees possibility and feels frustration.

In this workshop, participants learn about the old habits and models that block individual and organizational energy. I'll lead them in trying out fresh approaches that connect purpose and pleasure. I'll offer them concrete, specific ways to apply the skills that enliven artists' practice resourcefulness, patience, improvisation and innovation to challenges and opportunities that may at first seem to have nothing to do with art. They'll leave inspired, excited, and eager to take what they've learned to their colleagues.

ARLENE GOLDBARD is a writer, speaker, consultant and cultural activist whose focus is the intersection of culture, politics and spirituality. Her blog and other writings may be downloaded from her Web site: www.arlenegoldbard.com. She was born in New York and grew up near San Francisco. Her two newest books on art's public purposeThe Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future were published in spring 2013. Prior books include New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, Community, Culture and Globalization, an international anthology published by the Rockefeller Foundation, Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, and Clarity, a novel. Her essays have been published in In Motion Magazine, Art in America, Theatre, Tikkun, and many other journals. She has addressed many academic and community audiences in the U.S. and Europe on topics ranging from the ethics of community arts practice to the development of integral organizations. She has provided advice and counsel to hundreds of community-based organizations, independent media groups, and public and private funders and policymakers including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Service, Appalshop and dozens of others. She serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Shalom Center.


Bowery Poetry (View)
308 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
United States



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