Redeployment

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Redeployment

By: grabitsdm | March 25, 2009
On Wednesday and Thursday last week the American Association of Museums held a webinar to address the nation's financial crisis as it relates to cultural organizations. One concept that emerged was "redeployment." We've often heard that we must "do more with less" or more recently that we should "do less with less." Commentators however suggested that cultural organizations constantly adapt and even in the best of times there isn't enough money to simply add more to already over-worked employees and volunteers. Instead, we must make strategic allocation of the limited assets of time and money through redeployment. That means stopping some services that are outdated and no longer highly desired, and adding new practices that further our missions.

If you were to redeploy to best meet your mission in the modern climate, what aspects that you do now might you consider obsolete? What emerging practices might you adopt?