Because we all benefit when artists are able to pursue their passions.

Infrastructure refers to the support, structure or formation that allows ideas to develop and collaboration to occur.  The Designer can lead by creating an infrastructure that inspires all stakeholders to participate towards a common goal; beyond their diverse individual interests.

The infrastructure complements all stakeholders and creates win/win/win scenarios.  It goes beyond the maxim, “Build it and they will come.”  The Designer must consider how they’ll find out about it, what they’ll do once they arrive, and the ideal accommodation while they’re there.

A bee hive is a perfect example of infrastructure.  A hive can be built specifically or bees can occupy a housing that provides the ideal environment.  Recently, a hive formed in a large clay pot, turned upside down on my back porch.  One day I witnessed a swarm of thousands of bees hovering over the pot, gradually draining into the hole in the bottom of the pot.  The inverted container was vibrating and a buzzing sound echoed inside its walls.

Within a bee hive, the worker bees form around the queen bee, like stakeholders around a common mission.  There is a structure and tasks that have radiating benefits, such as pollinating surrounding flowers, and a desirable outcome, sweet honey.

A successful bee hive thrives when the ideal environment is present, the location is right, and all participants perform their assigned tasks for a larger cause.

The infrastructure can be the actual housing, like a bee hive, the idea that motivates participation, such as the queen bee who serves as the nucleus which thousands of bees form around, or the vision that produces desirable results, like honey.