Sociocultural centres can rely on more than 50 years history and could always count on a handful of active participants, frequently a chairperson or a managing director, to organise themselves and complete their programmes.
The wealth of accumulated experience and routine offers the possibility to have an utmost focus on the doers within sociocultural centres. Nevertheless, what does it actually mean, when the ones who are now at the helm were active from the beginning? The former state minister of culture defined “sociocultural projects as nimble pilots in the cultural sector, compared to some ‘tankers’ from the so-called high culture”.
Does this nice image remain when we have a closer look at the management and leadership structures of sociocultural centres? What does flat hierarchy mean when the executive board members and the managing directors have already been active for 30 years? What happens when they retire? The challenge is, particularly for sociocultural centres with leaders who have a strong personality, to pave the way for a safe future in the years to come. What is then the key for it?
(Future in German)
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