Terry Rock's blog
- Posted by Terry Rock on November 6th, 2007
Scanning bloglines today, I noticed an item on the 37Signals blog Signal vs. Noise... it appears that Calgary's own VEER was purchased by Corbis. Congrats are due to the folks at VEER for another major Calgary creative industry success story. Some of the heaviest hitters in the world in the creative industries--Corbis and Getty Images--now both have major operations in Calgary. Read more »
- Posted by Terry Rock on October 25th, 2007
Keen observers of this website will have noticed an increase in blogging over the past week. In case you're thinking "maybe they're bored..." I thought I'd provide a little meta-post (blogging about blogging) to shed some light on what's up.
In a previous incarnation I was a business professor (cue dramatic music). I specialized in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Over the years I became generally fascinated with the ways humans organize to get things done. My studies took me all over the map, into anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology (social network theory mostly), and technology. Read more »
- Posted by Terry Rock on October 1st, 2007
- Posted by Terry Rock on July 31st, 2007
It's been a wild 2007 at Calgary Arts Development. Among the many highlights, we've got a new baby, programs being renewed and launched, a completed thesis (fingers crossed!), a wedding coming up...
PHEW!! It's time for a break to get ready for the fall! And as I make my way into the wilds of Saskatchewan, I'd like to leave you with this... officially in the running for "CEO mantra of the year" in the office (an office thats as active as any deli counter in the city... check the link to decipher)!See you on August 13th!
(link and photo courtesy Merlin Mann at the excellent 43Folders website)
- Posted by Terry Rock on April 21st, 2007
Noise Between Stations points us to Paragaph, a membership-based facility located in NYC. What a great way for writers to access to the kind of space they need to practice their craft. Looking at their blog, they are also clearly building community in addition to supplying needed infrastructure for artists. Prices range from $80 to $132 per month, including internet access. Seems reasonable to me. Read more »
- Posted by Terry Rock on April 4th, 2007
For the few who did not come out to today's City Council Standing Policy Committee on Community & Protective Services (there were well over 60 people in attendance), I'm happy to report that our report was unanimously approved by committee. It now goes to the full City Council on April 16th.
We've known all along that space for the arts is a top concern of the community. We were pleased with the enthusiastic response to our research, but we were frankly floored to see 21 people speak in favour of the report today. Thanks to those who made it out, your support is tangible evidence that we're starting to make a difference. Read more »
- Posted by Terry Rock on February 17th, 2007
- Posted by Terry Rock on January 22nd, 2007
Take a look at this piece by Sean Carrie in today's National Post. Sean looks at the story of the creation of Calgary Opera and the Banff Centre's Frobisher, making its world premiere on January 27th. Here are a couple of great quotes that speak to what we're starting to think is Calgary's authentic story: Read more »
- Posted by Terry Rock on January 10th, 2007
Seth Godin , one of the office's favorite thinkers, has a great new post on his blog, called "Hard Work." It's basically a list of 'easy things' and 'hard things.' (In his words, One... or the other...). Here are some of my favorites:
- One... Being board certified... or the other ... Looking patients in the eye
- One... Making a lot of money... or the other ... Donating a lot of money (quietly)
- One... Having a great idea... or the other ... Sticking your neck out
One of the many things I love about my job is that I'm around people who are CONSTANTLY sticking their neck out. Every time I look around Calgary's arts scene, thats what I see... you? Who've you seen take a great idea and make it reality by sticking their neck out?
- Posted by Terry Rock on November 29th, 2006
Calgary Arts Development is just over 18 months old. We've just celebrated the first anniversary of Holly joining the team as our Knowledge Manager (our 3rd full time employee, after me and Michael). All considered, we really haven't been around very long. As the past year flew by, we had our heads down, focused on researching and beginning a process of reform to the municipal granting process... the mechanism by which we invest in the community.Our merger with CRAF (now the Grants Committee) is nearing its first month. We had a very successful workshop weekend with our new Grants Committee volunteers in Canmore in mid-November. And now, we have the terrific news that Calgary's City Council has approved our recommended $502,500 increase in annual arts investments.We're very pleased that all of our work has been so well received. We could not have done it without the enthusiastic commitment and trust of the community. You filled out our giant surveys, drank iffy coffee in our focus groups, met one-on-one in interviews with Judy, came to information sessions and listened to me talk endlessly about our plans, AND attended City Council meetings to show your support. We do our work because of you, and it feels great to be able to turn those plans we've been talking (and talking and talking) about into action.There's a lot more news coming, details to be ironed out, etc. I want you to know that we sincerely appreciate your continued patience and support as we move together into a new era of growth and opportunity.Thanks! [and extra special thanks to the CPAA! Your support was invaluable these last few days.]