With lots of work and little time the small team at the Regent Park Film Festival was floundering on internal challenges around collaborating more effectively. We had made several efforts to address these challenges before, but were not successful.

Thankfully, Intervene’s workshop on Designing Interactions was able to really disrupt, in a fun and engaging way, the patterns we had built around us, allowing us to approach our challenge from a fresh perspective. Jerry brought a wonderful sensitivity, humour and insight into his work, putting all of us at ease and allowing us to be heard. The tools and activities he introduced during the workshop helped us better identify present issues, and left us re-charged and eager to problem solve together. Since our workshop, our team has applied our learnings on designing interactions to figure out some of our most enduring challenges. Jerry helped us build a better work experience at the Regent Park Film Festival, but also helped each of us gain personal insight we can apply towards building collaborative experiences anywhere we go.
— Ananya Ohri, Executive Director, Regent Park Film Festival
photo: Music in the Barns   Intervene worked with  Music in the Barns  to develop a strategy to highlight the dialogue among artists, audiences, spaces, and works so that everyone involved could have a more meaningful experience of classical music. The point of view opened up new markets for the work as spaces were activated, world-class performers invited into experimentation, and traditional partners innovated the nature of their presented work.

photo: Music in the Barns

Intervene worked with Music in the Barns to develop a strategy to highlight the dialogue among artists, audiences, spaces, and works so that everyone involved could have a more meaningful experience of classical music. The point of view opened up new markets for the work as spaces were activated, world-class performers invited into experimentation, and traditional partners innovated the nature of their presented work.

photo: Osato Erebor   Intervene supported  Luminato  in an organizational design process. Festivals like Luminato are tasked with sudden concatenations of activity over a brief period of intense activity. This asks for different ways of organizing and relating. It is difficult to disentangle subjective experiences of structural issues (personalizing routines) from real inter-personal challenges. Outcomes included staff commitment to a process, recommendations that are actionable and reasonable, and a passion and awareness that suggest real opportunities for renewal.

photo: Osato Erebor

Intervene supported Luminato in an organizational design process. Festivals like Luminato are tasked with sudden concatenations of activity over a brief period of intense activity. This asks for different ways of organizing and relating. It is difficult to disentangle subjective experiences of structural issues (personalizing routines) from real inter-personal challenges. Outcomes included staff commitment to a process, recommendations that are actionable and reasonable, and a passion and awareness that suggest real opportunities for renewal.

photo: Music Africa    Afrofest (Music Africa)  attracts over 130,000 visitors over two days in Toronto. Intervene worked with Music Africa to develop a strategy to build on this success and to centre Music Africa in conversations about multiculturalism in Toronto and across Canada. To do so, Music Africa set three key goals for 2018 - 2020: create positive cultural interactions among African and non-African communities; serve more people and communities; and build organizational resilience. To meet these goals, new resources were acquired in the form of sponsorship and public grants and new organizational structures were created around governance, resourcing, structure, and staffing.

photo: Music Africa

Afrofest (Music Africa) attracts over 130,000 visitors over two days in Toronto. Intervene worked with Music Africa to develop a strategy to build on this success and to centre Music Africa in conversations about multiculturalism in Toronto and across Canada. To do so, Music Africa set three key goals for 2018 - 2020: create positive cultural interactions among African and non-African communities; serve more people and communities; and build organizational resilience. To meet these goals, new resources were acquired in the form of sponsorship and public grants and new organizational structures were created around governance, resourcing, structure, and staffing.

Intervene provided the  Regent Park Film Festival  with workshops to support ongoing organizational design and renewal. Outcomes included improved clarity around responsibilities and inter-dependencies; clear expectations around both performance and environment; and a renewed focus on internal aesthetics and improving on external interactions.

Intervene provided the Regent Park Film Festival with workshops to support ongoing organizational design and renewal. Outcomes included improved clarity around responsibilities and inter-dependencies; clear expectations around both performance and environment; and a renewed focus on internal aesthetics and improving on external interactions.

STATE  is a Berlin-based festival, gallery and agency for science, art and innovation. STATE connects people with science in novel ways: participatory, interdisciplinary and inspiring. Intervene is an advisor for STATE’s activities.

STATE is a Berlin-based festival, gallery and agency for science, art and innovation. STATE connects people with science in novel ways: participatory, interdisciplinary and inspiring. Intervene is an advisor for STATE’s activities.

photo: Jackie Ho   Beakerhead  engaged in a strategy process to identify resources for growth and an approach to build capacity to manage relationships long-term to structure impact and investment. The sustainability of the nonprofit sector will increasingly require non-conventional approaches to funding and partnerships. Non-conventional revenue models require the active participation of the receiving organization in shaping appropriate supports to meet long-term needs. Implications included communications, structure, positioning.

photo: Jackie Ho

Beakerhead engaged in a strategy process to identify resources for growth and an approach to build capacity to manage relationships long-term to structure impact and investment. The sustainability of the nonprofit sector will increasingly require non-conventional approaches to funding and partnerships. Non-conventional revenue models require the active participation of the receiving organization in shaping appropriate supports to meet long-term needs. Implications included communications, structure, positioning.

Intervene worked with  Long Winter  to identify opportunities to support grassroots cultural production while building out sustainable sources of revenue and year-round activity. There has been an explosion in cultural production by youth due to digitization and the democratization of tools. Old business and organizing models are proving unsuitable and new models must be found. Opportunities to participate in cultural production echo privilege in the rest of society as free internships and volunteer positions become necessary entryways into the creative economy.  Cultural production also plays a critical role in community development, particularly as technology increasingly dislocates and disrupts social and community connections.  Long Winter is committed to serving as a hands-on opportunity for young creators traditionally under-represented in the sector to develop the skills, relationships, and community necessary to thrive in their creative careers.

Intervene worked with Long Winter to identify opportunities to support grassroots cultural production while building out sustainable sources of revenue and year-round activity. There has been an explosion in cultural production by youth due to digitization and the democratization of tools. Old business and organizing models are proving unsuitable and new models must be found. Opportunities to participate in cultural production echo privilege in the rest of society as free internships and volunteer positions become necessary entryways into the creative economy.

Cultural production also plays a critical role in community development, particularly as technology increasingly dislocates and disrupts social and community connections.

Long Winter is committed to serving as a hands-on opportunity for young creators traditionally under-represented in the sector to develop the skills, relationships, and community necessary to thrive in their creative careers.

Spanning nine months and two residencies, I had the honor and pleasure of working with Jerry McGrath in the New Fundamentals program at the Banff Centre. Having had extensive experience with fellowship and residency programs and cohorts, I found New Fun to be one of the most rewarding professional development and non-academic educational experiences of my career, to date. I attribute this to Jerry’s mastery at seeding and curating likely, meaningful relationships between colleagues, and his ability to design programs that promote deep inquiry, paired with tangible skill enhancement.
— Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz – Visiting Scholar, Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University
Artscape Daniels Launchpad  is a 30,000 square-foot, one-stop art and design entrepreneurship hub opened in 2018. Intervene’s founder, Jerrold McGrath, is a senior advisor on this project and through programming aims to help thousands of artists and creators realize their potential. Artscape Launchpad is "building a world that engages art, culture, and creativity as catalysts for community vibrancy,sustainability, prosperity, and inclusiveness".

Artscape Daniels Launchpad is a 30,000 square-foot, one-stop art and design entrepreneurship hub opened in 2018. Intervene’s founder, Jerrold McGrath, is a senior advisor on this project and through programming aims to help thousands of artists and creators realize their potential. Artscape Launchpad is "building a world that engages art, culture, and creativity as catalysts for community vibrancy,sustainability, prosperity, and inclusiveness".

The  Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity  is a catalyst for knowledge and creativity through the power of a unique environment and facilities in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, rich learning opportunities, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral interactions, outreach activities, and performances for the public. The Banff Centre is also the largest creative incubator on the planet and Intervene supports programming such as the Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab.

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a catalyst for knowledge and creativity through the power of a unique environment and facilities in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, rich learning opportunities, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral interactions, outreach activities, and performances for the public. The Banff Centre is also the largest creative incubator on the planet and Intervene supports programming such as the Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab.

Ferment  is an incubator hosted by  ukai Projects  in Toronto. Through exploration of opportunities related to artificial intelligence, financial instruments, urban development, and international borders, the year-long incubators hopes to increase the diversity of stories available to us to make sense of the world; preserve stories and ways of knowing so that they are not lost to future generations; offset the trend toward algorithmic optimization of culture at the expense of the hard work and education required to develop personal taste; to offer time and support to approaches that the market might not currently support; and to accelerate projects that disrupt how we deal with massive problems affecting us and subsequent generations.  Ferment is an effort to help people outside traditional and institutional spheres of cultural production do their work and contribute to our collective well-being. The incubator is predicated on the idea that we will need systems and institutions focused on more than competition and growth if we hope to overcome the massive challenges we face as communities and as a species.

Ferment is an incubator hosted by ukai Projects in Toronto. Through exploration of opportunities related to artificial intelligence, financial instruments, urban development, and international borders, the year-long incubators hopes to increase the diversity of stories available to us to make sense of the world; preserve stories and ways of knowing so that they are not lost to future generations; offset the trend toward algorithmic optimization of culture at the expense of the hard work and education required to develop personal taste; to offer time and support to approaches that the market might not currently support; and to accelerate projects that disrupt how we deal with massive problems affecting us and subsequent generations.

Ferment is an effort to help people outside traditional and institutional spheres of cultural production do their work and contribute to our collective well-being. The incubator is predicated on the idea that we will need systems and institutions focused on more than competition and growth if we hope to overcome the massive challenges we face as communities and as a species.

Intervene partners with the  School for Social Entrepreneurs - Ontario  on a range of programming and incubation activities. We are particularly proud of our involvement in Social Entrepreneurial Leaders Enabling Climate Transitions (SELECT), which fosters social and economic inclusion while strengthening community capacity to slow the pace and adapt to climate change.

Intervene partners with the School for Social Entrepreneurs - Ontario on a range of programming and incubation activities. We are particularly proud of our involvement in Social Entrepreneurial Leaders Enabling Climate Transitions (SELECT), which fosters social and economic inclusion while strengthening community capacity to slow the pace and adapt to climate change.

A core activity of any innovation initiative is to build the support of those inside and outside the organization to get things done.  Intervene  offers Communication Residencies specifically directed at supporting teams and organizations in communicating a new idea and strategically identifying and leveraging the resources necessary to move it forward.

A core activity of any innovation initiative is to build the support of those inside and outside the organization to get things done. Intervene offers Communication Residencies specifically directed at supporting teams and organizations in communicating a new idea and strategically identifying and leveraging the resources necessary to move it forward.

Intervene has supported delivery of the  Creative Strategies Incubato r (CrSI) with the  Metcalf Foundation . CrSI is designed to help companies explore new strategies for addressing longstanding sectoral issues in meaningful new ways, and nurture the organizational change that comes from developing and implementing innovation.

Intervene has supported delivery of the Creative Strategies Incubator (CrSI) with the Metcalf Foundation. CrSI is designed to help companies explore new strategies for addressing longstanding sectoral issues in meaningful new ways, and nurture the organizational change that comes from developing and implementing innovation.

The goal of the  Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab  is to build a network of open-minded, creative problem-solvers and innovative thinkers from across arts disciplines, who will explore concepts and practices of relational leadership. The program focuses on power/influence, resilience/self-care, systems/networks, and community/civic engagement. The TAC Leaders Lab aims to support individual leaders as they develop collaborative solutions to complex challenges.

The goal of the Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab is to build a network of open-minded, creative problem-solvers and innovative thinkers from across arts disciplines, who will explore concepts and practices of relational leadership. The program focuses on power/influence, resilience/self-care, systems/networks, and community/civic engagement. The TAC Leaders Lab aims to support individual leaders as they develop collaborative solutions to complex challenges.

Hope Decoded was an imperfect collection of diverse thinkers engaging in an unclear, un-stage-managed process that sought to tackle hopelessness, but instead fostered new empathy for different perspectives. It might lead to new solutions for four battle-tested cause champions. It will almost certainly lead to asymmetrical collaborations that could eventually produce new ideas for far larger societal challenges. And it will most definitely allow dozens and dozens of people to think differently, to ask better questions — personally and professionally — when debating and tackling the issues of our time.
— Simon Jackson, Founder, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition
Delivered through work at the  Banff Centre ,  Hope Decoded  attempted to address hopelessness across diverse sectors through an intensive five-day residency. Outcomes included collaborations and processes to foster hope around some of the most complex societal issues of our time: income inequality, Indigenous rights, arts and culture, and the environment.

Delivered through work at the Banff Centre, Hope Decoded attempted to address hopelessness across diverse sectors through an intensive five-day residency. Outcomes included collaborations and processes to foster hope around some of the most complex societal issues of our time: income inequality, Indigenous rights, arts and culture, and the environment.

Intervene’s founder was invited to participate in the  Inclusive Societies for Stable Democracies Forum  in Baltimore in October 2017 through the   BMW Foundation  . Thematically, the  Responsible Leader Forums  are guided by the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals . The Responsible Leaders Forum North America in Baltimore addressed above all the tenth goal:  Reducing Inequalities .

Intervene’s founder was invited to participate in the Inclusive Societies for Stable Democracies Forum in Baltimore in October 2017 through the BMW Foundation. Thematically, the Responsible Leader Forums are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Responsible Leaders Forum North America in Baltimore addressed above all the tenth goal: Reducing Inequalities.

Intervene led the design of a process of decolonization for service in dance in Canada with the leadership of the  Canadian Dance Assembly . Arts service organizations risk becoming increasingly irrelevant to the experiences of more and more Canadians. Profound changes are disrupting social and economic life, and the arts must position itself within these broader conversations to remain relevant and to find allies outside of the cultural or public sector.  Firstly, service disproportionately goes to forms that derive from Western European traditions. Secondly, resources in the sector are currently inadequate to support even a modest living for most dancers and dance companies. Service organizations, such as the Canadian Dance Assembly, must move beyond incremental improvements in service delivery and inclusivity. New approaches to service were considered that entailed system-wide structural changes that centre values of self-management and equity. Additionally, resources were sought outside of traditional government funding. Enrolling new stakeholders in the dance ecology asks dance to reinterpret the higher-order challenges that the form is able to address.

Intervene led the design of a process of decolonization for service in dance in Canada with the leadership of the Canadian Dance Assembly. Arts service organizations risk becoming increasingly irrelevant to the experiences of more and more Canadians. Profound changes are disrupting social and economic life, and the arts must position itself within these broader conversations to remain relevant and to find allies outside of the cultural or public sector.

Firstly, service disproportionately goes to forms that derive from Western European traditions. Secondly, resources in the sector are currently inadequate to support even a modest living for most dancers and dance companies. Service organizations, such as the Canadian Dance Assembly, must move beyond incremental improvements in service delivery and inclusivity. New approaches to service were considered that entailed system-wide structural changes that centre values of self-management and equity. Additionally, resources were sought outside of traditional government funding. Enrolling new stakeholders in the dance ecology asks dance to reinterpret the higher-order challenges that the form is able to address.

Widening economic inequality is a reality that demands bold alternatives.  ALT/Now: Economic Inequality  offered entrepreneurs, innovators, community builders and system leaders a unique opportunity to collaborate in bringing about a shift towards an economy that generates opportunities for people across the economic spectrum to prosper.  This ambitious 10-month program provided intensive support to participants in building and testing new solutions through collaborative, hands-on residencies at the  Banff Centre .

Widening economic inequality is a reality that demands bold alternatives. ALT/Now: Economic Inequality offered entrepreneurs, innovators, community builders and system leaders a unique opportunity to collaborate in bringing about a shift towards an economy that generates opportunities for people across the economic spectrum to prosper.

This ambitious 10-month program provided intensive support to participants in building and testing new solutions through collaborative, hands-on residencies at the Banff Centre.

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In partnership with  Artscape Daniels Launchpad  and  Canadian Heritage , this experiment tested various pedagogical approaches to supporting creators, particularly from Communities of Colour, to navigate Canada’s intellectual property regime. Results suggest that successful education requires that ossified structures be challenged in ways that allow for new forms to take hold. How a participant subjectively receives new information plays a critical role in both their ability to critically reflect on the assumptions underpinning the system that gives rise to the information and their willingness to engage in collective sense-making in order to apply the information to their own lived experience.

In partnership with Artscape Daniels Launchpad and Canadian Heritage, this experiment tested various pedagogical approaches to supporting creators, particularly from Communities of Colour, to navigate Canada’s intellectual property regime. Results suggest that successful education requires that ossified structures be challenged in ways that allow for new forms to take hold. How a participant subjectively receives new information plays a critical role in both their ability to critically reflect on the assumptions underpinning the system that gives rise to the information and their willingness to engage in collective sense-making in order to apply the information to their own lived experience.

As part of programming at the  Banff Centre , the  Peter Lougheed Leadership Initiative  supported interdisciplinary and cross-community engagement with complex social, environmental, and economic issues. The program recognized former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed’s strong passion for education, teamwork and community, and honours his teamwork and legacy.  At the Banff Centre, the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute develops current and emerging leaders who are focused on building strong communities, influencing positive change at a system wide level, and shaping a better world. The Institute’s global summits, interdisciplinary programs and incubation residencies match Banff’s inspirational environment with collaborative thinking and cutting-edge creative and business practices.

As part of programming at the Banff Centre, the Peter Lougheed Leadership Initiative supported interdisciplinary and cross-community engagement with complex social, environmental, and economic issues. The program recognized former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed’s strong passion for education, teamwork and community, and honours his teamwork and legacy.

At the Banff Centre, the Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute develops current and emerging leaders who are focused on building strong communities, influencing positive change at a system wide level, and shaping a better world. The Institute’s global summits, interdisciplinary programs and incubation residencies match Banff’s inspirational environment with collaborative thinking and cutting-edge creative and business practices.