The Participatory Museum, Five Years Later

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This week marks five years since the book The Participatory Museum was first released. I thought the pinnacle of participatory practice was an exhibit that could inspire collective visitor action without facilitation.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

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There are different ways to design a participatory workshop. The assessment helps nonprofits look at eight different areas: Technology, Content, Channels/Devices, Audiences, Analytics, User Experience, and Governance.

17 Ways We Made our Exhibition Participatory

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It was fascinating to see people--across social differences--responding to representations of love in the paintings, images, objects and narratives that were part of the installation. This post focuses on one aspect of the exhibition: its participatory and interactive elements.

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

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I also had an opportunity to attend a couple of sessions that used participatory facilitation techniques. If you are new to participatory facilitation techniques, use the Spectagram as an opener and use it to better understand skill levels in the room.

Great Participatory Processes are Open, Discoverable, and Unequal

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He casts the whole idea of a great jazz jam in the context of the tragedy of the commons--like a poetry open mic, the jazz club is a community whose experience is fabulous or awful depending on the extent to the culture cultivates and enforces a healthy participatory process.

Participatory Design Vs. Design for Participation: Exploring the Difference

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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.

Balancing Engagement: Adventures in Participatory Exhibit Labels

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We decided to approach the label-writing for these boards in a participatory way. The fundamental question here is how we balance different modes of audience engagement. exhibition participatory museum interactivesWe’ve been doing a little experiment at our museum with labels.

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

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Most participatory projects were short-term, siloed innovations, not institutional transformations. Five years later, project director Dr. Piotr Bienkowski's final report for Our Museum tells a different story. evaluation institutional change participatory museum

Adventures in Evaluating Participatory Exhibits: An In-Depth Look at the Memory Jar Project

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Two years ago, we mounted one of our most successful participatory exhibits ever at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History: Memory Jars. Two years later, this project is still one of the most fondly remembered participatory experiences at the museum--by visitors and staff.

12 Ways We Made our Santa Cruz Collects Exhibition Participatory

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This exhibition represents a few big shifts for us: We used a more participatory design process. Our previous big exhibition, All You Need is Love, was highly participatory for visitors but minimally participatory in the development process.

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

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This person is writing about a participatory element (the "pastport") that we included in the exhibition Crossing Cultures. Each prompt was tied to a different artwork in the exhibition. Each of these activities invited contribution on a different level.

Adventures in Participatory Audience Engagement at the Henry Art Gallery

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In 2009 , students built a participatory exhibit from scratch. This year, we took a different approach. Thirteen students produced three projects that layered participatory activities onto an exhibition of artwork from the permanent collection of the Henry Art Gallery.

Getting in on the Act: New Report on Participatory Arts Engagement

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Last month, the Irvine Foundation put out a new report, Getting In On the Act , about participatory arts practice and new frameworks for audience engagement. It can be easy to conflate engaging activities with participatory opportunities, and I'm glad they were explicit about the difference.

Foot in the Door: A Powerful Participatory Exhibit

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While there, I was lucky to get to experience a highly participatory exhibition that the MIA mounts once a decade: Foot in the Door. Tags: exhibition design participatory museum usercontent

Fundraising as Participatory Practice: Myths, Realities, Possibilities

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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?

Gender Differences in Participation: The Pocket Museum Example

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This simple participatory project invites visitors to contribute their own small objects in little alcoves in our bathrooms. But people have participated in completely different ways. Here are three possible explanations for this gender divide: Men and women use bathrooms differently.

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What Could Kill an Elegant, High-Value Participatory Project?

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It's my "artistic rendering" of one of the most inspirational participatory projects I know of--the Bibliotheek Haarlem Oost book drops. Instead, they installed more book drops and return shelves, labeled with different descriptors like "boring," "great for kids," "funny," etc.

What I Learned from Beck (the rock star) about Participatory Arts

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Beck''s project is unusual because he deliberately resurrected a mostly-defunct participatory platform: sheet music for popular songs. In his thoughtful preface to this project, I reconnected with five lessons I''ve learned from participatory projects in museums and cultural sites.

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

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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. Tags: design participatory museum usercontent

Making Museum Tours Participatory: A Model from the Wing Luke Asian Museum

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She did several things over the course of the tour to make it participatory, and she did so in a natural, delightful way. But Vi's tour also reminded me how dramatically different a community museum is from a typical institution. But participatory facilitation can be taught.

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

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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. Every print-on-demand services uses a different pricing structure and it isn't easy to root out all the numbers.

The Participatory Museum Process Part 2: Participants' Experiences

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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. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum

Thoughts on 3six5, a Successful Participatory Project

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Yesterday, I had the delightful opportunity to participate in the 3six5 project , a yearlong participatory project in which 365 people write 365 journal entries for every day of 2010. I promise a very different window into my life.

The Participatory Museum Process Part 3: My Experience

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This is the third in a four-part series about writing The Participatory Museum. This post covers my personal process of encouraging--and harnessing--participation in the creation of The Participatory Museum. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum

How Different Types of Museums Approach Participation

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Recently, I was giving a presentation about participatory techniques at an art museum, when a staff member raised her hand and asked, "Did you have to look really hard to find examples from art museums? Projects participatory museum

The Participatory Nonprofit?

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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." the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information.

Avoiding the Participatory Ghetto: Are Museums Evolving with their Innovative Web Strategies?

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I’d never attended before and was impressed by many very smart, international people doing radical projects to make museum collections and experiences accessible and participatory online. Are participatory activities happening on the web because that is the best place for them?

The Participatory Museum Process Part 1: Overview and Statistics

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This is the first of a four-part series on the behind-the-scenes experience of writing The Participatory Museum. Overview: Stages of Development and Participation Types The Participatory Museum was written over a 15 month period that began in December of 2008.

Designing Talkback Platforms for Different Dialogic Goals

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Answers will differ depending on who's asking, but they are also influenced by the designed environment in which questions are asked. We have different conversations on the phone than we do in person or in internet chat rooms. "Where were you last night?"

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What Do You Need to Make the Argument for Participatory Design?

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As many of you know, I’m writing a book about participatory design for museums. The book is intended to be a practical guide to participatory museum experiences focused on design strategies, case studies, and activities. The WHY of participatory design is really important.

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

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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. Tags: guest blogging participatory Submitted by Nina Simon, publisher of Museum 2.0.

Adventures in Participatory Journalism: An Interview with Sarah Rich about 48 Hour Magazine

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Oh, and they wanted it to be participatory. I talked with Sarah Rich , one of the project’s instigators and staff members, to learn more about 48 Hour Magazine and its implications for other participatory media projects. You made contribution to the magazine participatory.

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

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The Art of Participation provides a retrospective on participatory art as well as presenting opportunities for visitors to engage in contemporary (“now”) works. DON’T make the participatory activity too narrow or difficult. Tags: exhibition design participatory museum

Get on the Bus: How Mass Transit Design Affects Participatory Potential

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Specifically, we analyze the relative social behavior of people on buses versus those on trains, and look for clues as to what design elements contribute to different kinds of participatory behavior. Tags: participatory museum Unusual Projects and Influences comfort

Henry Jenkins discusses participatory media in Second Life

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s about being able to bring together people from many different spaces and have them co-exist together and have a kind of communication that???s The are people here from very different places.

Case Study: A Participatory Road Trip takes the SJMA on a Wild Ride

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I was captivated by Chris Alexander 's story about participatory online/onsite efforts at the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA). But her enthusiasm might have been different if the project had concluded with 2,000 views and 40 postcards. Would my enthusiasm have been different?

Will They Play in Pyongyang? Culture, Geography, and Participation

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I saw how participatory techniques were working in diverse museums around the world. In different countries, I''ve noticed broad trends in how people feel most comfortable sharing their voice. Cultural differences can play out on local levels as well.

Trust Me, Know Me, Love Me: Trust in the Participatory Age

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We trust different people and institutions in different ways--to be respectful, to keep our secrets, to give us love, to give us information. Here's something to be proud of. Museums (and libraries) are trusted sources of information.

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

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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? But if we want a different frame, we have to work for it. Projects participatory museum

Platform Power: Scaling Impact

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This argument became one of the foundations of The Participatory Museum. This is the participatory platform model. It flexes new muscles, requires different skill sets. Last month, I sat in the back of a meeting room at the MAH and watched something extraordinary happen.

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

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In C3 meetings, we experimented with different activities related to the weaving. We opened the exhibition with 40 different action cards. design exhibition Museum of Art and History participatory museum social justice

Participation, Contemplation, and the Complexity of "And"

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Our museum in Santa Cruz has been slammed by those who believe participatory experiences have gone too far. We always knew that the inclusion of participatory and community-centered practices in arts institutions was controversial.

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New Approach, Historic Mission: Remaking a Factory Museum via Community Co-Production

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The Derby Silk Mill folks have a different tack: they define the Silk Mill as being about making. A strong participatory process is not a loosey-goosey, open the doors and do whatever strategy. design inclusion institutional change participatory museum Imagine a historic site.

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