Diane Ragsdale speaks and writes about the arts around the world. She is currently enrolled as a Doctoral Student at Erasmus University Rotterdam and has previously worked for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and On the Boards (Seattle) among many other cultural organisations.
This is a specially edited excerpt from Diane’s (virtual) presentation to AMA conference 2011 for AMA COMMONS.
This recession has revealed that we don’t simply have some failing organisations here and there that need to close or be restructured. Rather, we have entire industries, sectors, cities and even countries that cannot be sustained and that are questioning what makes the world go round and how they will generate sufficient revenue to stay alive in the future.