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.