Friday, August 19, 2011

Reflections on Vikings

Around this time last year, I wrote a piece for Park and Recreation Magazine about the need to develop bold, innovative organizations in our field. With the recession, a business as usual attitude would not work. I used the metphor of Vikings vs Farmers. The article prompted a lot of thinking about how organizations can thrive in hard times. Three other articles playing off this them were written in the months that followed, all with interesting perspectives.

As I am preparing to teach a class this fall at George Mason University in the administration of Park, Health and Tourism organizations, one of the assignments will be to write a paper on these four articles.

Gilbert, Paul (September 2010), Are You a Viking or a Farmer, Park & Recreation Magazine

McCarthy, Michael (October 2010), Valhalla, Park and Recreation Magazine

Lovell, Tom (January 2011), A Crisis of Knowledge, Park and Recreation Magazine

Ferris, Randolph (April 2011), Secrets of Farmers and Vikings, Park and Recreation Magazine

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