Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth


Whether quietly spearheading some of the world's most groundbreaking scientific and medical research or not-so-quietly leading revolutions on the battlefield, our history is ripe with stories of ferocious, adventurous, enlightened, and persistent women. Despite her family's affluence, Lorraine Hansberry's childhood in Chicago during the 1930s was not without hardship, discrimination, and segregation. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero.

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Mobile Storytelling: An Evolving Story


Now we have smartphones, whose data, when strung together forms the story of our lives. My Story. I can’t remember when I first heard, our identity is the story we repeat to ourselves. I keep on telling my story of how I moved between the East and West, between physical environments (architecture, urban design) and virtual (web and mobile development and strategy), between technology and the humanities. Our Stories. What emerges is a story – your story.


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Want to Co-Create an Exhibition on a Hot Issue? Introducing the Community Issue Exhibition Toolkit

Museum 2.0

We partnered with foster youth, former foster youth, artists, and community advocates to create an exhibition that used art to spark action on issues facing foster youth. Short story: we learned a lot. The lessons I learned from Lost Childhoods are at the heart of the OF/BY/FOR ALL project we're building now. Through Lost Childhoods , we saw youth step into their power. Two years ago, our team at the MAH embarked on our most challenging co-creation project ever.

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How Do You Inspire Visitors to Take Action After They Leave?

Museum 2.0

This month, we opened a new exhibition at the MAH, Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and Foster Youth Museum (brief video clip from opening night here ). This exhibition is a big accomplishment for us because it incorporates multiple ways we push boundaries at the MAH: we co-designed it with 100+ community partners (C3) , including artists, foster youth, and youth advocates, with youth voices driving the project from big idea to install to programming.

31 Unique Ideas for Small Church Fundraisers


If you have some talented artists, knitters, jewelry designers, and candle-makers in your youth group, consider hosting a craft sale at your church. Ask everyone to submit a fun story or tidbit about something from their childhood.

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Which Crowdfunding Platform Is Best for Your Organization?

Tech Soup Blog

It is open to creators from all backgrounds – from charities to video game developers to artists. Nonprofit Success Story: Ushahidi, a nonprofit headquartered in Kenya, used Kickstarter to launch production of BRCK, a Wi-Fi router and mobile modem built to withstand the elements. Nonprofit Success Story: Indiegogo has a wonderful gallery of campaigns from verified nonprofits, but I especially like this campaign from Give2 Asia.

Are Crowd Funding Platforms the New Patrons of Independent Media?

Beth Kanter

When I think of story telling, I think of books. The Little Golden books from my childhood, non-fiction books that revolutionized my perspective of the world and novels that I rarely take the luxury of reading. Stories surround us on the radio, in newspapers, in our music boxes, in short web videos and on large screens in movie theatres. I am a documentary filmmaker and video journalist, and I think of my work as a form of story telling and documenting.

Ze Frank Takes Over (My) Museum

Museum 2.0

That's how I felt when artist Ze Frank got in touch to talk about a potential museum exhibition to explore a physical site/substantiation for his current online video project, A Show (s ee minute 2:20, above). And to cut to the end of the story first, yes, we are creating a project together, yes, you can participate, and yes to whatever other questions this brings up in your head. To recreate childhood photographs.

Designing Interactives for Adults: Put Down the Dayglow

Museum 2.0

The common museum knowledge on this issue is that adults are timid, that we have lost some of the wonder, impulsiveness, and active creativity of childhood days. We're showing an installation by artist Shelby Graham which features beautiful photographs of butterflies juxtaposed with images of the bombing of Japan in World War II. Share your story with other visitors. Then there are lots of blank butterflies on which you can write your story and then pin it to the wall.

Museum 2.0 at ASTC: Come Tour the Best Tech Museum in LA!

Museum 2.0

The ASTC (the Association of Science and Technology Centers) annual meeting is coming up in LA (home of my childhood), and Museum 2.0 Created by artists David and Diana Wilson, it is an homage to the curiosity cabinet of yore, a place where the grotesque, the imaginary, and the unfamiliar intermingle. Exhibits range from oil portraits of the Soviet space program dogs to immersive stories about scientists who may have existed to failed dice to letters sent to the Mt.

Curated Collaborative Filtering: Listening to Pandora

Museum 2.0

You enter a seed artist or song (or several) and Pandora starts playing music that it interprets as related in some way to your selections. It doesn’t just group artists together and play music by similar musicians. For example, this image explains why The Tide is High was included: There are over 400 different tags used to relate songs in the Music Genome Project, ranging from “brisk swing feel” to “lyrics that tell a story” to “sparse tenor sax solo.”

PostSecret: Lessons in Meaningful User-Generated Content

Museum 2.0

Each secret can be a regret, hope, funny experience, unseen kindness, fantasy, belief, fear, betrayal, erotic desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. But in this project, each artist is uniquely powerful because they give voice to something vital, something easy for viewers to access emotionally. As Frank said, 4 by 6 inches is not enough space to explain an entire story. And then there are the unusual stories.