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Seven solutions for nonprofits to effectively collaborate with stakeholders

ASU Lodestar Center

Collaboration is a loaded word. Why should a nonprofit collaborate with their community or stakeholders? Where does a nonprofit begin the process of collaboration? How can an organization collaborate with stakeholders successfully? Illustration by Yuxin Qin.

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The Participatory Museum, Five Years Later

Museum 2.0

This week marks five years since the book The Participatory Museum was first released. I wrote The Participatory Museum for two reasons: to explore the "how" of participatory design in museums, cultural centers, libraries, and science centers to create a version of this blog that was more "shareable" with organizational leaders and trustees By many measures, the book has been a success. I''m curious to know: has The Participatory Museum played a role in your work?

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Grantmaking: What’s Participation Got to Do with It?

sgEngage

Lots of grantmakers are intrigued by participatory grantmaking. Participatory grantmaking invites to decision-making tables people who have historically been excluded. Why Would a Grantmaker Choose a Participatory Grantmaking Approach? How Did Participatory Grantmaking Start?

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17 Ways We Made our Exhibition Participatory

Museum 2.0

It is multi-disciplinary, incorporates diverse voices from our community, and provides interactive and participatory opportunities for visitor involvement. This post focuses on one aspect of the exhibition: its participatory and interactive elements. Pull up an armchair for a tour of our participatory hits, misses, and related discoveries. So many museum exhibitions relegate the participatory bits in at the end.

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One Simple Question to Make Your Work More Participatory

Museum 2.0

This is the question I ask myself anytime I'm working on something with a participatory intent. But even developing that open call was a participatory process: Wes worked with other staff to think through how the residencies could work. Their input helped us get to 100%, and it created a group of invested collaborators who were ready to help spread the word once the call was live. This open call project may sound like one that is uniquely suited for participatory input.

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Our Museum: Extraordinary Resources on How Museums and Galleries Become Participatory Places

Museum 2.0

Most participatory projects were short-term, siloed innovations, not institutional transformations. And in several cases, the projects constituted "empowerment lite" for participants rather than true collaboration, co-creation, or transformation. While that was painful for the organizations involved, it also helped force the issue of whether participatory engagement could be core to a strong future business model for each organization or not.

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Participatory Moment of Zen: Diverse Visitor Contributions Add Up to Empathy

Museum 2.0

This person is writing about a participatory element (the "pastport") that we included in the exhibition Crossing Cultures. The suitcase collaborators contributed to the exhibition for months, through a sequence of outreach, discussion, writing, object sourcing, editing, and design. Collaboration in the months before the show. design exhibition Museum of Art and History participatory museum usercontent Whoever wrote this comment card: thank you. You made my month.

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Put Down the Clipboard:Visitor Feedback as Participatory Activity

Museum 2.0

Stacey has been collaborating with local artists to produce a series of content-rich events that invite visitors to participate in a range of hands-on activities. Museum of Art and History marketing participatory museum usercontentA few weeks ago, the MAH Director of Community Programs, Stacey Garcia, came to me with an idea.

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Upcoming Nonprofits Live: Storytelling and Collaborative Video

Tech Soup Blog

Our ability to collaborate effectively in the cloud and create meaningful media together is quickly evolving as more nonprofits expand their borders. On February 8, Nonprofits Live will explore how to collaborate on video stories across borders and office boundaries. This is a participatory live video show - come ready with your questions for our experts! Guests for Nonprofits Live: Collaborative Video.

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The Participatory Nonprofit?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Another point of intersection here for me is Henry Jenkins recently published 72-page white paper " Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century." A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection to one another. Collaborative Problem Solving - (working toether in teams - informal/formal to comlpete tasks and develop new knowledge.

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Adventures in Participatory Audience Engagement at the Henry Art Gallery

Museum 2.0

In 2009 , students built a participatory exhibit from scratch. Thirteen students produced three projects that layered participatory activities onto an exhibition of artwork from the permanent collection of the Henry Art Gallery. What I Learned Part 1: Facilitation is Powerful When I taught this class the first time, I put a real premium on the idea of designing participatory activities that were visitor-driven and required minimal or no facilitation.

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Fundraising as Participatory Practice: Myths, Realities, Possibilities

Museum 2.0

As a designer, I'm always trying to ensure that participatory activities, however casual, impact both the participant and the organization. If fundraisers are so keen on relationships, why weren't they the first into social media and participatory projects on behalf of their organizations? Interestingly, in the participatory design model I'm more familiar with on the Web and in collaborative project design, the fundamental issues are different.

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Guest Post: Radical Collaboration - Tools for Partnering with Community Members

Museum 2.0

The majority of our public programs at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History are created and produced through community collaborations. Every time we collaborate, we learn new ways to improve our process, organization and communication. We never received a “how-to-guide” for collaborating with community members here at the MAH, but over time, we have acquired some basic tools that have shaped our approach. Always meet your collaborators in person.

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Guest Post by Nina Simon -- Self-Expression is Overrated: Better Constraints Make Better Participatory Experiences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I talk about designing participatory experiences, I often show the above graphic from Forrester Research. Museums see open-ended self-expression as the be-all of participatory experiences. Allowing visitors to select their favorite exhibits in a gallery or comment on the content of the labels isn’t seen as valuable a participatory learning experience as producing their own content. You get to contribute to a collaborative project that produces something beautiful.

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Self-Expression is Overrated: Better Constraints Make Better Participatory Experiences

Museum 2.0

When I talk about designing participatory experiences, I often show the above graphic from Forrester Research. Museums see open-ended self-expression as the be-all of participatory experiences. Allowing visitors to select their favorite exhibits in a gallery or comment on the content of the labels isn’t seen as valuable a participatory learning experience as producing their own content. You get to contribute to a collaborative project that produces something beautiful.

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The Participatory Museum Process Part 2: Participants' Experiences

Museum 2.0

This is the second in a four-part series about writing The Participatory Museum. Several hundred people contributed their opinions, stories, suggestions, and edits to The Participatory Museum as it was written. Many people wrote at length about their passion for participatory design and their desire to contribute to what they saw as an important resource that would "help advance the field." Interest in the collaborative writing process.

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The Participatory Museum Process Part 4: Adventures in Self-Publishing

Museum 2.0

This is the final segment in a four-part series about writing The Participatory Museum. This posts explains why and how I self-published The Participatory Museum. I decided to self-publish The Participatory Museum for four reasons: OPENNESS: I wanted the flexibility to license and distribute the book using an open structure to promote sharing. I spent a year living with this book and a tight community of collaborators. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum

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Participatory Design Vs. Design for Participation: Exploring the Difference

Museum 2.0

Which of these descriptions exemplifies participatory museum practice? But the difference between the two examples teases out a problem in differentiating "participatory design" from "design for participation." In the first case, you are making the design process participatory. In the second, you make the product participatory. Is an exhibit participatory if no visitor sees a place for her own contribution? Tags: design participatory museum Pop quiz!

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Participation in Storytelling: Collaborative Video on Nonprofits Live

Tech Soup Blog

Our ability to collaborate effectively in the cloud and create meaningful media together is quickly evolving as more nonprofits expand their borders. For Nonprofits Live on February 8th we will explore how to collaborate on video stories across borders and office boundaries. This is a participatory live video show - come ready with your questions for our experts! Guests for Nonprofits Live: Collaborative Video.

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Why Are So Many Participatory Experiences Focused on Teens?

Museum 2.0

Over the past year, I've noticed a strange trend in the calls I receive about upcoming participatory museum projects: the majority of them are being planned for teen audiences. A large number of the collaborative projects of which I'm aware (in which staff partner with community members to co-develop exhibits or programs) are initiated with teens. Why are teens over-represented in participatory projects? Projects participatory museum inclusion

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Guest Post: Weaving Community Collaborations into Permanent Installations at the Denver Art Museum

Museum 2.0

The Denver Art Museum is no stranger to community collaborations, but we’ve been dipping in our toe a little more deeply when it comes to developing permanent participatory installations. Visitors Going Rogue We collaborated formally with community artists to design Thread Studio; once it opened, the participation expanded to museum visitors. exhibition guestpost inclusion participatory museum

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Understanding the New Power of the Collaborative Economy for Social Good Sector

Beth Kanter

My colleague, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans have just published an important piece over on the Harvard Business School blog called “ Understanding the New Power ” that gives us a great high level analysis of how collaborative economy is operating in the social good sector. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven.

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The community approach to problem solving

Candid

Participatory grantmaking [i] is no longer new. To be clear, participatory grantmaking has never been new. We collaborated on this work with practitioners across the global participatory grantmaking community. And it’s here to stay. .

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Postcards as a Call to Action: A Powerful, Political Participatory Experience at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Museum 2.0

The best participatory projects are useful. The participatory activity in question is part of the new Unfinished Business gallery, a room in which the museum engages with a contemporary issue related to the passion and work of Jane Addams and the historic Hull-House activist residents. The station is a collaboration between the Museum and Tamms Year Ten , an advocacy group that supports prisoners and seeks to expose the injustice with which many are held in solitary confinement.

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Guest Post: Considering a Commons in Collection at the Elsewhere Collaborative

Museum 2.0

For years, I've been fascinated and a bit perplexed by the Elsewhere Collaborative , a thrift store turned artists' studio/living museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. Since 2003, Elsewhere Collaborative has been exploring the role that collaboration plays at the intersection of the store and museum through its living museum and international residency program set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Lessons in Participatory Design from SFMOMA's Exhibition on (you guessed) The Art of Participation

Museum 2.0

The Art of Participation provides a retrospective on participatory art as well as presenting opportunities for visitors to engage in contemporary (“now”) works. As the museum's website puts it, "this exhibition examines how artists have engaged members of the public as essential collaborators in the art-making process." DON’T make the participatory activity too narrow or difficult. DO think about visitor flow when situating participatory experiences.

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A Few Social and Collaborative Fundraising Approaches

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

" But even more impressive was Lucy Hooberman's pledge: "I will mentor a minimum of two people in the developing world in the area of my skills base and expertise (media, communications, broadcasting , democratic media building, participatory media, community video). The Omidyar Network has launched team-based collaborative funding projects. This week the Where Most Needed Blog pointed us to a survey that showed blog fans are twice as likely to give online.

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Participation through Collaboration: Making Visitors Feel Needed

Museum 2.0

Almost every part of each weekend, from the ceremonies (open guided discussion) to the meals (homemade) was participatory. Instead, I think we uncovered one of the secrets to creating successful participatory experiences: people like to feel useful. I bring this up in the context of thinking about how to design exhibits and programs to be meaningful participatory experiences for visitors. The same dynamic plays out when it comes to participatory museum experiences.

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How To Be A Good Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

When she asked them to list characteristics of their best leaders, those who work well as a team, collaborative was almost always first and foremost. Author Melissa Greenwell interviewed many top business executives while doing research for her book, Money on the Table.

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Three emerging trends in European philanthropy

Candid

In addition to representing Candid, I was there to learn about trends in the European philanthropic sector and explore opportunities for collaboration. The conversation also focused on vaccination, the global collaborative process, and philanthropy’s response.

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The Characteristics Of The Best Leaders

Eric Jacobsen Blog

When she asked them to list characteristics of their best leaders, those who work well as a team, collaborative was almost always first and foremost. Author Melissa Greenwell interviewed many top business executives while doing research for her book, Money on the Table.

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2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Amy Sample Ward

Topic : Designing Online Engagement to Collaborate with Your Community. In this workshop, we’ll focus on all aspects of designing high-value, engaging, and participatory content that creates a partnership with your fans. presentation Presentations from 2012 12ntc collaboration design nptech nten online communitiesDate : April 4, 2012. Location : San Francisco, CA. Description : You can design online engagement to unleash your evangelists.

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How grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients can do great things together with data and evaluation

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

The process was a collaboration in itself, with TSNE MissionWorks , and Essential Partners serving as co-hosts. Studying (and implementing) community-based participatory research methods. __. This is not actually a photo from the dialogue series.

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Where's the Community in the Crowd? Framing and the Wall Street Journal's "Everybody's a Curator"

Museum 2.0

I meet them doing research in the archives, collaborating on cultural festivals, and contributing stories to exhibitions. The whole process of being interviewed for the story made me question the stories we tell and words we use to describe participatory work. What is the metaphor for participatory arts? Phrases like “community engagement” or “participatory” or “social practice” are not strong enough. Projects participatory museum

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Characteristics Of The Best Leaders

Eric Jacobsen Blog

When she asked them to list characteristics of their best leaders, those who work well as a team, collaborative was almost always first and foremost. Author Melissa Greenwell interviewed many top business executives while doing research for her book, Money on the Table.

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Join us for the Creativity and Collaboration Retreat!

Museum 2.0

Then you should check out the Creativity and Collaboration (C2) retreat sponsored by NAME and AAM, May 31-June 2 of this year in Monterey, CA. Being on the C2 planning team has stretched my brain to consciously think about the processes and conditions for creativity and collaboration. As a bonus, C2 falls immediately after (and about 90 miles south of) Maker Faire , a force of creative collaboration in its own right. Imagine a conference.

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Top 12 Ways To Be An Effective Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

When she asked them to list characteristics of their best leaders, those who work well as a team, collaborative was almost always first and foremost. Author Melissa Greenwell interviewed many top business executives while doing research for her book, Money on the Table.

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Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

Museum 2.0

Visitors bond and bridge through participatory experiences at MAH. Museum programs need to then actively respond to their communities through a variety of ongoing discursive, collaborative and inclusive formats that address needs and assets but also invite communities to be active participants in this process. Collaborative programs with diverse groups bring in a variety of visitors causing new audiences to interact and connect.

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Temple Contemporary and the Puzzle of Sharing Powerful Processes

Museum 2.0

Leave the process to the collaborators and give the product to the audience. In most of these kinds of projects, the number of collaborators is finite. The collaborators themselves are often hand-selected or nominated. design participatory museumThe first thing I noticed about Temple Contemporary were the chairs. Desk chairs and theater seats, sleek modsters and dilapidated stuffed things, a motley crew lined up on hooks around the room.

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The 12 Characteristics Of Most Effective Team Leaders

Eric Jacobsen Blog

When she asked them to list characteristics of their best leaders, those who work well as a team, collaborative was almost always first and foremost. Author Melissa Greenwell interviewed many top business executives while doing research for her book, Money on the Table.