Out in the woods for today’s video, on Charles Lindblom’s classic essay “The science of ‘muddling through'”. When an arts organization sets out to form a strategic plan, what exactly is it doing? Is a so-called ‘logic model’, that carefully sets out desired outcomes, and then works backwards through the most effective outputs and actions, the way we actually conceive of the problem? Or in fact is what we do in practice much more modest, taking existing activities as more-or-less given, and looking to a few changes at the margin that ought to be prioritized. Can an arts organization really distinguish between ‘means’ and ‘ends’? When a community orchestra puts on a season, which is it?
Lindblom’s article is here: