Teresa’s Weekly Update: Luck of the Irish

by Teresa Eyring

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Last week, St Patrick’s Day was celebrated and here in New York , the parade jammed up traffic and the streets were strewn with revelers. The Irish are mythologically associated with luck, and in honor of the day, I have unearthed a piece that appeared in Fast Company in 2003. It’s an in-depth review of Richard Wiseman’s book, The Luck Factor: Changing Your Luck, Changing Your Life: The Four Essential Principles. I first read the piece eight years ago, and I still find Wiseman’s premise to be refreshing. When your world is beaten down by diminished resources and overwork, a change in mind-set and openness to possibilities—might actually bring on the luck. Wiseman, who is an experimental psychologist (check out his blog), says that, among other things, lucky people are open to new experiences and they practice “counterfactual thinking.” The review is written by Daniel Pink, who is, of course, no slouch in the “mind” department.

I recently had the opportunity to attend the APASO (Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations) Conference in Austin , Texas —unfortunately, only for one day. TCG collaborates with our colleagues at local and regional service organizations, and there is a tremendous amount of creativity, collaboration and information sharing in this group. At this convening, I was really struck by some of the creative and strategic programming these groups are under-taking in their local and regional areas, from unconventional partnerships with redevelopment agencies, city college systems and healthcare organizations to innovative audience development initiatives. Represented at the Conference were 28 arts service organizations from the U.S. and Canada .

On a much more serious note, I wanted to extend thoughts and hope to the people of Japan . TCG former staffer Aya Ogawa , who was born in Japan , tells us that her family and colleagues are overwhelmed with worry for the future. She has shared on the Circle some reports from theatre colleagues in Tokyo . I’ve listed here just a few organizations that she suggests could use the funds.

Charities helping Japan

* Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund (a TCG member theatre)
* The Nippon Foundation/CANPAN: Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund
* Second Harvest Japan
* Japanese Red Cross (donation information on the Consulate-General of Japan site)