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Arts & Public Life Breakfast ‘Investing in the future: the arts and innovation’
Justin MacDonnell with Di Yerbury who introduced the Breakfast and Dennis Watkins (Director Public Programs Sydney Opera House)
Justin Macdonnell, Executive director of ANZArts
‘I believe that throughout the English-speaking world the Board system of governance in the not-for-profit sector has been a miserable failure.’ So claims Justin Macdonnell, international performing-arts entrepreneur, His concern, he says, is the increasing pressure placed on the arts sector by legal structures and management methods, and its deleterious effect on innovation. ‘I believe’, he says, that we who work in the arts will continue to find it hard to locate fresh thinking at the core of our operating culture while we are squeezed into archaic and inappropriate management and governance schemes. ‘Are we so limited in our thinking that we can come up with no better way of doing business? ‘Why in this worldwide arts community should Australia not be the inventor of a new management model?