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Introducing CPAC’s Reading Roundtable

How many times has this happened to you? You hear a radio interview with an author and think “That sounds like a really great read!” You read an article that reviewed a new book and think “If I only had more time…” Or, you receive a book recommendation from a friend and think “I really should read that.” Your “to read” list becomes long, while your, “have read” list is virtually nonexistent. Perhaps  you actually read the book being recommended and think “I wish I had someone to talk about this with.” Or, you’re so excited about the book and want to share that excitement, so you reach out to the first available person only to find that she can’t relate because she hasn’t read the book.

Enter CPAC’s Reading Roundtable-- a new idea from the CPAC labs for which we’re seeking your feedback. Here’s the concept. Every other month, CPAC will host a discussion group focused on works of nonfiction by thought leaders within, and outside of, the arts and culture field. One month it might focus on innovation, another month it might focus on advocacy or marketing. We’ll select and share the titles well in advance so that there is ample time for you to read them. You’ll be able to sign up for the discussion group on a first-come, first-served basis. There’s no obligation to commit to regular participation in the discussions; read only the books you’re interested in. Just want the summary version of the book and what’s discussed? We’ll post the highlights from the discussion to the CPAC blog. Want to read the book and comment but can’t participate in the discussion in person? We’ll set up a forum where you can share your comments with others. The idea is that together we will shorten those reading lists, get better connected with one another and build our own capacity to achieve greater success as arts and culture professionals. And let’s face it, we could all benefit from some new ideas, strategy and techniques, right?

So, what do you think? Help us to gauge if there is an appetite for this by completing the poll here. Do you have ideas about titles you think we should consider? Or, do you have comments about the proposed name? Post them in the comment section below. We look forward to hearing from you, so don’t let us down!

Categories: Arts Education, Best Practices, books, collaboration, management, public policy

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