Wednesday, September 02, 2015

One day in the Creative NZ offices

A: We need to come up with some rules so the Trustees of the arts organisations we fund can keep their Chief Executives in line.

B: Sounds like a plan.

A: We’ve going to give them some high powered ammunition. So they can show them who’s who.

B: …and what's what.

A: I’ve been talking to some consultants who reminded me of a brilliant idea I had a couple of weeks ago.

B:  I don’t even know why we pay them when all the ideas we use are yours.

A: True. Anyway we’ve decided to focus in on what “cannot be done, rather than what can or should be done.” It's basically a DO NOT policy, a bit "like the Ten Commandments or the Road Code".

B: That’s totally brilliant but what about all that stuff about collaboration and partnerships we’ve been going on about all the time? (thinks) I guess we could slip it into the introduction.

A: (laughing maniacally) let’s see how clever the Art Org CE's are after we’ve taught their Trustees how to “constrain their freedom to act”.

B: You don’t think it’s a bit negative?

A: No. No, not at all. In fact we’re going to call it the “Thou shalt not” approach.

And that is what they did.

You can check it out for yourself here (section 7.7 page 44)