Performing Arts Digital Artifacts Work Featured

My recent digital compilation that tells the story of a benefit concert here in Annapolis, Maryland, was just featured in the Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts October Newsletter.

I compiled these disparate and ephemeral pieces of the story to capture  elements of a very special evening featuring a piano concert given by Peter Kater as a fundraiser for the MTPA.

My recent cultural archives work with a world renown performing arts organization and its digitized press clippings scrapbooks from the 1920’s through the 1980’s opened my eyes to the power of tracing and relating causes and events in the life and culture of a major performing arts organization. This inspired me to find a way to work with today’s content to that end, though the nature of born-digital artifacts is that they live apart in diverse native resource streams.

This digital scrapbook shares the evening as it stood out at that moment for the cause, but also will hold an important role as the story of MTPA’s development unfolds over time.

See my digital storytelling compilation here:

Here is the shout out included in MTPA’s October Newsletter:This kind of compilation is ideal for annual reporting, engaging donors and stakeholders and, of course, bringing disparate elements of a cultural or other project together in a visually compelling collection.

Infonomics: Buzzword or Business Strategy?

This book choice post first appeared on the Major Projects Knowledge Hub on September 4, 2019.  Liz will be posting book choices to the Major Projects Knowledge Hub throughout the month of September 2019.

Greetings, all! Jonathan Norman has invited me to share some book choices with you this month. In hopes that they will spark some new ideas for your work, my first choice is:

Infonomics: How to Monetize, Manage, and Measure Information as an Asset for Competitive Advantage. Douglas B. Laney for Gartner, Inc. 2018

In his book, Laney delivers a set of new ideas, frameworks, evidence and approaches adapted from other disciplines to administer, wield and understand the value of information.

“Infonomics is the theory, study and discipline of asserting economic significance to information. It strives to apply both economic and asset management principles and practices to the valuation, handling and deployment of information assets.”

Specifically, Laney’s work articulates ways that infonomics can help organizations to better develop, sell, and market these assets in order to transform the enterprise altogether. Laney directs this content to CEO’s, CIO’s, CFO’s, CDO’s and other information and analytics leaders who intend to help their organization to become more infosavvy. Infonomics provides the business rationale for applying infosavvy practices, methods, analysis and case studies of how information and project data can be monetized to increase competitive capabilities.

I often refer people to Infonomics (when the classic KM question arises on the value of KM practices) specifically because Laney demonstrates that quantifying and qualifying information assets can be done. He includes real-world examples, frameworks and practical advice. While his business case focuses on data and information assets, I view the book as readily applicable to knowledge, expertise and deep smarts. Infonomics also examines the negative consequences for enterprises who do not cultivate, curate and operationalize these assets. The book provides clarity on what’s at stake if project knowledge or information assets are not protected, understood or shared.

I’m a big fan of this book because it hails directly from the economic and business analysis viewpoint. No matter what your role or project, everyone can experience some ah-hah! realizations applicable to business processes and project knowledge assets for infosavvy gains. While this book concentrates on applying infosavvy practices to information and data, to my way of thinking, the ideas naturally extend those economic and strategic rationales for knowledge assets. As a knowledge and digital assets manager, I frequently come back to Laney’s book for reminders of the business reasons, rewards or risks associated with NOT being an infosavvy organization.

 

Realized Values for Nonprofit Boards: Why We Fix This First

Record keeping and information flow don’t sound like the reasons you joined the board.  You joined to make the big picture stuff happen.  But, without the basic framework for board governance records in place, you definitely lose time looking for stuff.  Time that would be better spent on the stuff you really want to do in the first place.

Values for Board Members

Board members are “the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.” Keeping accurate board records and decisions documentation are of primary importance to protect the board when compliance matters or other potential liabilities are involved.

Values for You

Maybe your personal role serving this nonprofit or social enterprise board may not involve shepherding and maintaining board records and information assets.  But if no one takes this role on, the absence of records or the presence of blocks to quick access will cost you time, decrease your efficiency.  You’ll be able to demonstrate your own effectiveness in less time if you can get to what you need to know to do your work faster.

Values for Your Donors

Efficiency is at the core of operations of nonprofit or social enterprise organizations.  Stakeholders and donors expect grantees to organize themselves well and to do their work as effectively as possible. Most nonprofit board directors consider efficiency to be a key factor of meetings and will hold themselves to the same expectations. Streamline the way your board spurs measurable capabilities and impact when you remove these pain points for operations.

Values for Board Candidates

If you are on the fence about joining in or saying no thanks to a board opportunity, due diligence on your part is a good idea.  Is this body scrambling around, unsure of operations processes like this?  Do new members have the chance to on-board with direct access to expertise and the history of how decisions were made?  Are current members available to engage with you to share and discuss tacit or explicit knowledge continuity to inform next steps person-to-person? Are board records and  committee decisions in order in the event of an audit? If the answers to these questions come up no, it may not be the right fit for you.

Hidden Values

Successful implementations of records management and information flow to boards and stakeholders ideally turn out to seamless and unnoticed. That’s by design.  We tend not to stress over things that are working well.  And we shouldn’t have to stress about these basics that give us so much value for our core endeavors.

Convening the special combination of vision, responsibility, engagement and action is fundamental to nonprofit or social enterprise governance and impact successes.   Knowsaic provides practices, standards and processes to free your board members to enable real engagement.  Now you can re-focus board energies and expertise on cohesive actions aligned to mission strategies.

Talk to Knowsaic today to realize greater values for operations, information flow and collaboration spaces that work for you.