I have worked with large cultural institutions for long enough to know that there are some things that they are good at, and other things that they really struggle with. Experimentation and the willingness to embrace failure are two areas where large cultural institutions have something to learn from their peers in technology fields. I am fascinated by the tales of how much of the technology we take for granted started as experiments on R&D campuses around the world. This spirit of research and development is key to continued growth in just about anything, including artistic practice and administration.
I wrote about the importance of R&D over at the EiO Gab Bag and hope you will check out the full piece.