In 2010, the Oakland Museum of California was facing devastating budget cuts from the City of Oakland. Oakland Museum of California director Lori Fogarty transformed this threat into an opportunity to re-invent the museum's organizational structure from scratch, in collaboration with her staff. The result: what started as a "rake" of institutional silos became a "flower" of cross-functional teams emphasizing transparency, input, and communication. The flower structure better positioned this civic-minded institution to continue serving and engaging its community.
Fogarty shared the story of the transformative restructuring of the Oakland Museum of California at ArtsFwd's National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture. Video of her talk "Silo-Busting: Transforming the Rake into the Flower" is available here, beginning at the 34:16 mark.
Photo of Lori Fogarty by Terry Lorant. Image courtesy of the Oakland Museum of California.