Lutman & Associates works with nonprofit clients and independent producers in cultural, media, and philanthropic sectors, and in the intersections among these. We are known for creative, future-facing projects that help organizations explore new initiatives and break new ground. As consultants we are hired to develop strategy; conduct program assessments; collaborate on planning and launching new initiatives; and support and lead planning and evaluation.
Our distinctive capability comes from having done the work: we’ve been there.
As entrepreneurs we are actively engaged in developing and testing our own ideas. For example, our pop-up events are public projects and curated roundtables through which work to build community capacity for dialogue, debate, and discovery. Pop ups feature the ideas and people that are influencing us, and turn our work inside out to share with colleagues and collaborators. Stay tuned to learn more about what we have up our sleeves.
Sarah Lutman is also a widely published author for local, regional, and national publishing platforms.
Current projects include:
+ Continuing evolution of our work with the Philadelphia-based Wyncote Foundation to amplify the ideas and findings in our Like, Link, Share report published in 2015. We just launched Wanderway: Navigating the DIgital Engagement Landscape, a free on-line course to help resource-constrained organizations and small business enterprises get started with digital engagement. Thanks to all who contributed, especially collaborators Beck Tench and Jessica Fiala.
+Grantmaking: We're supporting the development and launch of the American Orchestras' Futures Fund with the League of American Orchestras.
+Business development: We're helping Minnesota Public Radio with strategy development and business analysis for an emerging public service opportunity.
+Digital content and engagement: We're consulting with the Walker Art Center on the development and evolution of its digital strategy, including work on future editorial and content initiatives.
Please be in touch! We’re happy to provide work samples and references.
WORKSHOPS & POP-UPS
Krista Tippett is host and executive producer of On Being, which she describes as “a social enterprise with a radio show at its heart.” A 2014 recipient of the White House National Humanities Medal, Tippett is known for probing interviews that explore the questions of what it means to be alive and how we want to live together. On Being is broadcast weekly on 400 public radio stations and in 2016 was downloaded 28 million times for on-demand listening. Full disclosure: I was an executive at American Public Media when we worked with Tippett to develop the show and launch it nationally.
Beyond the radio program, but equally distinctive, is the organization’s Civil Conversations Project. TCB spoke with Tippett at On Being’s offices on Loring Park in Minneapolis. We talked about the ways Tippett’s work is newly resonant and how On Being, a nonprofit, is adapting and growing in our contentious times. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.