Today’s blog post is written by Christa Avampato, Director of Product Development, PatronManager.
This is the first in a series of two posts about how lessons from science can inform the work we do in our arts organizations. My hope is that this new lens gives all of us a fresh perspective on how we can learn from and replicate both the beauty and efficiency of nature in our work.
In January I started a Master of Science graduate program in Biomimicry through Arizona State University. Biomimicry is the study of biology (the study of all living beings) and the application of its genius to our human-built environment and products. Nature is at its core a 3.8 billion-year-old research and development lab. “Life finds a way” is not just a clever line from Jurassic Park, but one of the most profound truths of our planet. Life has found a way through the most tumultuous of times—ice ages, mass extinction events, fire, flood, and famine—and it has much to teach us.
So, what can arts organizations learn from nature? Let’s work through an example together. For this first blog post, the question we will pose is: “How can we continue to thrive in times of scarcity?”
Every organization deals with resource scarcity on some level now and then whether that resource is time, money, or skill sets. Let’s imagine we run a theater company in a town that has a number of similar organizations all competing for the same base of audience members who have a finite amount of money to spend on going to the theater. How can we thrive in this seemingly scarce and competitive environment? Read the Article