NEWS & EVENTS

Visiting Catalyst Jake Dunagan

Catalyzing Newport welcomes futurist Jake Dunagan to Newport for a visiting catalyst residency from June 16 – 21. Jake is managing director and global foresight lead for verynice.co and research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, a California-based think tank that helps organizations plan for the long-term future. Jake specializes in social invention and the redesign of systems in light of current tools and knowledge. In his work, Dunagan has focused on a wide range of topics including strategic foresight, governance design, comprehensive cognitive design, intellectual property, Internet law and politics, mobility and the future of learning and work.

Jake’s residency will explore ways we can engage citizens in collective imagination and more robust social foresight. Join us for several public events that invite us to envision Newport’s future together:

dioramaENVISIONING THE FUTURE: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS & KIDS
Workshops will take place the first week of June in Newport – stay tuned!

Workshop leaders Kate Schapira (poet) and Adeline Mitchell (artist) will offer three Newport-based workshops — half-writing/half-artmaking — to get you thinking about the future. Attendees will leave the workshop with poems and a future-inspired terrarium!

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 6-8 P.M. PUBLIC LAUNCH: THE MAYOR’S OFFICE, 2061
Site of the Old Town Spring & former Coffey’s Citgo gas station, 48 Touro St., Newport, RI

The public is invited to the opening of a pop-up installation exploring themes related to Newport in the year 2061. How will the city prepare for the effects of climate change? What new technologies will advance the quality of life? How will we get around? What will we eat? What will be in every home? Come explore these issues as you unpack the layers of history at the site.

BrainMONDAY, JUNE 20, 4 – 6 P.M. PUBLIC LECTURE: THE FUTURE AS COGNITIVE PROSTHETIC
Rosecliff Mansion, Salon Room, 548 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI
Please register here to attend.

Jake will introduce concepts for thinking more effectively about the future, and the need for raising our collective foresight capacity. Human civilization will be dealing with unprecedented volatility and complexity over the coming generations. And yet, we’ve inherited a way of looking at the future that assumes consistency, linearity, and predictability. We cannot predict a single outcome for any complex system; therefore, the way forward is to better prepare for a range of possible futures.

Art After Dark: Primavera & First Light Funeral

Join us for Art After Dark: Primavera & First Light Funeral at the Newport Art Museum on April 14th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. In the spirit of Catalyzing Newport’s “Culture of Yes” Catalyst residency with the Knight Foundation, steering committee members, The Newport Arboretum, Salve Regina University, NAM, and National Grid collaborate on the First Light Funeral, a farewell to the beloved 180-year-old Fernleaf Beech tree in true New Orleans style!

Read More
 

IMPACT AREAS

URBAN GROWTH & ECONOMY

URBAN GROWTH & ECONOMY

Preserving identity and heritage with economic sustainability and growth. A local, regional, and national cross-sector dialogue that places Newport as a demonstration site for historical urban landscape management.

DIGITAL CULTURE

DIGITAL CULTURE

Sustaining and growing cultural communities in a hyper-connected world. An examination of how data in our collections is preserved, stewarded, shared, used, and potentially monetized.

CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

CULTURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Leveraging the best cultural practitioners and innovators to explore how the cultural sector can use entrepreneurial approaches to support and help transform communities and to produce new models of economic and social impact.

DIVERSITY & PROSPERITY

DIVERSITY & PROSPERITY

Providing opportunities for work, prosperity, and a richness of material culture and ideas across a diverse and changing population. Activating Newport’s history as a place of tolerance and opportunity to investigate how diversity can support prosperity.

THE CATALYSTS

PETER SENGE

PETER SENGE

MAY 27-28, 2015

Peter M. Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants dedicated to the "interdependent development of people and their institutions."

Tom Scheinfeldt

Tom Scheinfeldt

JUNE 8 - 12, 2015

Tom Scheinfeldt is an Associate Professor and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut. Scheinfeldt brings more than a decade of leadership in digital humanities research and management.

Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta

JULY 27 - 31, 2015

Carol Coletta is Vice President of Community and National Initiatives at the Knight Foundation and a national expert on cities, creative communities, and civic innovation. Coletta has written and spoken extensively on the future of cities, including how communities develop, attract, and retain talent.

Paul Light

Paul Light

NOVEMBER 18 - 20, 2015

Paul Light is NYU Wagner's Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service. His research includes the non-profit sector, social entrepreneurship, and public services.

Jennifer Novak-Leonard

Jennifer Novak-Leonard

MARCH 14 - 17, 2016

Jennifer Novak-Leonard specializes in evolving measurement systems to understand arts and cultural participation, and the public and private benefits of those experiences. Her work lies at the nexus between research, policy and practice.

Jake Dunagan

Jake Dunagan

JUNE 2016

Jake Dunagan is managing director and global foresight lead for verynice.co and research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, a California-based think tank that helps organizations plan for the long-term future.

Estevan Rael-Gálvez

Estevan Rael-Gálvez

FALL 2016

Estevan Rael-Gálvez is an accomplished strategist, writer and speaker, who works with communities and organizations to elevate core stories, leverage the power of place, and center transformational and experiential engagement.

Helen Marriage

Helen Marriage

date TBD

Helen Marriage is co-founder of London-based, Artichoke—a creative company that works with artists to invade public spaces with extraordinary and ambitious events that live in the memory forever.

ABOUT

A collaborative initiative with a Steering Committee of local and statewide humanities organizations facilitated by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and supported by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Catalyzing Newport utilizes a visiting scholars program that draws on extensive experience, national and international networks, and the creative excellence of established experts (known as “catalysts”) to engage local communities in meaningful exchanges. Over the next three years (starting in 2014), visiting catalysts will travel to Newport to apply their expertise during five-day residencies—which include Public Programs and intensive work with Local Action Teams—to address local and national challenges related to the Impact Areas outlined above. Catalyzing Newport offers a new vision for the city’s cultural sector, one that puts our renowned historical organizations, leaders, and cultural assets at the forefront of community conversations about Newport’s development and prosperity. Together, we will imagine a Newport whose future is rich in culture, civic life, and economic opportunities.

PROJECT GOALS

The goals of the Catalyzing Newport project are to:

1) provide meaningful access to Newport and Rhode Island history for broader audiences

2) innovate by leveraging the cultural sector’s assets, reputation, and partnerships toward a greater shared community vision

3) establish a global model for cultural and historical organizations to contribute to new economies locally, nationally, and internationally

4) strengthen the ability of Newport’s cultural sector to diversify its revenue streams and attract greater resources

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Public programming during catalyst residencies will engage diverse audiences from across Rhode Island through lectures, exhibits, classroom talks, Town Hall forums, and historical tours. These programs are intended to identify new resources and ideas, and to generate collaboration and imaginative solutions for the pressing issues facing Newport’s cultural sector and its community-at-large.

LOCAL ACTION TEAMS

During each Catalyst residency, a team of local experts will provide:

1) knowledge to deepen the Catalyst’s understanding of Newport history and its vital historical resources

2) context to quickly absorb Newport’s unique challenges and opportunities

3) collaboration to leverage momentum and create measurable outcomes (e.g., publications, products, exhibits, grants, etc.) to share with the community

SEED FUNDING

Seed funds will be available to Local Action Teams to execute projects brainstormed as part of the Visiting Catalyst’s residence.

tps
nrf
NAM-Reverse_na_web
redwood
logo white sm_web
ITHF-Logo_Two Color White Text Vertical  CMYK Vector
rihs
wsm-logo-white
rich2

GET INVOLVED

Catalyzing Newport needs you! This initiative provides the structure and space for community leaders, like you, to strategize new ideas and solutions with national experts. Your support will help launch unique collaborative initiatives, bring renowned visionaries to Newport, and help us imagine a revitalized historic working city—one that is prosperous and resilient well into the future.

ATTEND A PUBLIC PROGRAM

Lectures, exhibits, classroom talks, Town Hall forums, and historical tours related to each Catalyst residency will be announced on the News & Events page of this site. Please join us!

SPONSOR A CATALYST

Are you excited by Catalyzing Newport’s roster of visiting catalysts? Would you like to support this program? Well, you can! Please contact us if you would like to support national experts coming to Newport.

SPONSOR SEED FUNDING

Select ideas generated during catalyst residencies will be given $2000 to move forward to the next stage. Your donation for seed funds will help support new ideas and projects to get off the ground. Contact us if you would be interested in supporting one of these local initiatives.

SUGGEST A CATALYST

Would you like to suggest a catalyst? Do you know an expert with deep expertise in one of our Impact Areas who would be a worthy and willing participant? We would love to hear from you.