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Participatory Grantmaking: I’m in! Now what?

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You’ve read about participatory grantmaking—and maybe even heard about other organizations using this model to distribute control of their funding strategy and grants decisions to the communities they serve. Choosing Your Participatory Grantmaking Champion.

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Taking Local Currency Digital: A New Experiment Emerges

Non Profit Quarterly

The experiment proved successful. Of course, this is an experiment, and the proof of concept remains in the execution. The user experience of the BerkShares app will resemble those of mobile payment services such as Venmo. Photo by S O C I A L. C U T on Unsplash.

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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?

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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

Going to MAH and seeing the LOVE exhibition on First Friday was a wonderful experience. 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.

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Great Participatory Processes are Open, Discoverable, and Unequal

Museum 2.0

A few years and a few hundred open mics into that experience, it became obvious that some venues fostered amazing poetry communities, others, not so much. The whole experience welcomed newcomers while helping them understand what "value" constituted in that community. I was reminded of these experiences when reading Dan Thompson''s excellent post about what makes a good jazz jam. participatory museum Unusual Projects and Influences inclusion

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DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

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DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly : ''via Blog this

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Designing for Nonprofits: Our Commentary + Experience

Media Cause

We develop our skills by seeking, absorbing, questioning, adapting, and experimenting, oftentimes bringing diverse influences together to create something that’s unique for our clients’ needs, but with connections to other relevant spaces.

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Balancing Engagement: Adventures in Participatory Exhibit Labels

Museum 2.0

We’ve been doing a little experiment at our museum with labels. We decided to approach the label-writing for these boards in a participatory way. Science centers and children’s museums promote inquiry-based learning with multi-sensory experiences that are focused more on igniting curiosity than providing answers. exhibition participatory museum interactives

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Making Participatory Processes Visible to Visitors

Museum 2.0

In many cases, once the final project is launched, it's hard to detect the participatory touch. Not every participatory process has to scream "look at me!" But it's a shame when visitors can't experience the energy that went into the making of a participatory project--when the product of a living process is a dead thing. youth exhibition participatory museum interactives

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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. Tags: guest blogging participatory

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Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

I also had an opportunity to attend a couple of sessions that used participatory facilitation techniques. I was asked to facilitate a small group in a participatory session called “ Digital Forum ,” designed for peer sharing by Marco Kuntz and Mike Johnson. The session kicked off with a Spectragram exercise involving the full group. I learned this technique from Alan Gunn from Aspiration over ten years ago at 2007 Penguin Day.

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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. Tags: design participatory museum usercontent

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

Museum 2.0

How do you measure the value of that experience? Two years ago, we mounted one of our most successful participatory exhibits ever at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History: Memory Jars. From the beginning, we observed pretty amazing experiences happening with the Memory Jars. Two years later, this project is still one of the most fondly remembered participatory experiences at the museum--by visitors and staff. A man walks into a museum. He shares a story.

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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." Participants' experiences were generally extremely positive.

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12 Ways We Made our Santa Cruz Collects Exhibition Participatory

Museum 2.0

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. That meant months of tracking down leads for people with interesting collections and working with them to develop an approach to showcasing their objects that was cohesive while honoring the diversity of their experiences.

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The Participatory Museum Process Part 3: My Experience

Museum 2.0

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. As the participatory content review progressed well, I started looking for other ways for people to help. It was one of the most intense, fun work experiences of my life. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum

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Put Down the Clipboard:Visitor Feedback as Participatory Activity

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Instead, Stacey thought, why not make the feedback experience an activity unto itself? This past Friday, we experimented with a new feedback format at an evening event focused on poetry and book arts. They came to the booth when they wanted to share, and everyone felt good about the sharing experience. It invited visitors to memorialize their experience. Museum of Art and History marketing participatory museum usercontent

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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. Crossing Cultures features paintings by Belle Yang that relate to her family''s immigration experiences. In my experience, offering many different forms of participation garners more quality interactions. 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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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. the capacity to experiment with one???s

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Adventures in Participatory Audience Engagement at the Henry Art Gallery

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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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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. Even the most traditional museums often manage educational programs in which teens develop their own exhibits, produce youth-focused museum events, or provide educational experiences for younger visitors. Why are teens over-represented in participatory projects? Projects participatory museum inclusio

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Developing a Participatory, Provocative History Project at a Small Museum in Minnesota: Interview with Mary Warner

Museum 2.0

Earlier this year, I was fascinated to read the account of a participatory project at the Morrison County Historical Society in Minnesota, in which community members were invited to write essays about “what’s it like” to have various life experiences in the County. One of the things that came up in that anonymous letter was the person questioning whether it was “history” to talk about someone’s contemporary experience. interview participatory museum inclusion

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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. Thousands of people showed up for the opening and other events, and every time I was in the galleries, I observed highly engaged visitors who looked closely, shared impressions naturally with friends and strangers, and generally seemed captivated by the experience. Tags: exhibition design participatory museum usercontent

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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. In my experience, the best participatory experiences are as constrained and clear as possible in the invitation offered, and as open-ended as possible in the outcome generated.

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Participatory Internships in Santa Cruz this School Year

Museum 2.0

I'm particularly excited about two internships that relate to participatory exhibition design. First, there is the Participatory Exhibit Design Internship. These interns work with our curatorial team to develop interactive and participatory components for upcoming exhibitions. We are always looking for interns with strong graphic/3D design skills; the best interns can help us plan exhibits, design labels, AND learn to develop terrific participatory experiences for visitors.

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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. Instead she drew people personally into the stories again and again, asking us to compare our own and our ancestors' experiences to those she described. She frequently directed information towards individuals in the group based on their background, gender, or occupation, which made us feel like she was customizing the experience for us.

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What Happens When a Viral Participatory Project is Too Successful? Diagnosing the Power of the Love Locks

Museum 2.0

And so, one of the most successful, accidental, and fraught participatory projects of the past decade comes to an end. No one planned the love locks, but their success is rooted in the same principles that make all the best participatory projects work: it requires no instructions beyond its own example. So many participatory projects do the opposite, requiring you to take a dozen tricky steps to no meaningful end.

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

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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. Like the best participatory projects , this postcard activity is constrained but not limiting.

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The Johnny Cash Project: A Participatory Music Video That Sings

Museum 2.0

This question is a byproduct of the reality that most participatory projects have poorly articulated value. When a participatory activity is designed without a goal in mind, you end up with a bunch of undervalued stuff and nowhere to put it. But the best participatory projects don't suffer from this problem, because they solicit visitors' contributions toward a very specific outcome. Are you making that shift in your thinking about participatory project design?

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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. 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. Writing an index is one of the most painful experiences I've ever had. My experience with all of this was generally good.

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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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The Participatory Museum Process Part 1: Overview and Statistics

Museum 2.0

This is the first of a four-part series on the behind-the-scenes experience of writing The Participatory Museum. Next week, part 2 will focus on participants' experiences. Part 3 will focus on my experience, and part 4 will discuss the self-publishing process. Overview: Stages of Development and Participation Types The Participatory Museum was written over a 15 month period that began in December of 2008. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum

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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? I'm afraid that the web is becoming a participatory ghetto rather than an integrated driver of innovation in museums. Where are the friendly, open, participatory experiences you came for?

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What a Difference a Prompt Makes. Simple Analysis of a Participatory Exhibit Element

Museum 2.0

We decided to show a selection of Danny's lists in a hallway surrounded by a participatory element where we invite visitors to contribute to new lists on evocative themes ("Things we forget," "The best feelings in the world," etc.) Both these lists are interesting, but the "we" list invites spectators into the experience a bit more than the "I" list. I am fascinated by the incredible differences in what people contribute based on format and phrasing of the invitation to participate.

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

Museum 2.0

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. I believe that demystifying participatory design and encouraging professionals to try it is the most important step towards its evolution as a museum practice. The WHY of participatory design is really important.

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Guest Post: Oh Snap! Experimenting with Open Authority in the Gallery

Museum 2.0

It can be incredibly difficult to design a participatory project that involves online and onsite visitor engagement. We don't have control over whether or not a visitor participates, but we can control the participation environment so it is a delightful experience. We Blur Digital and Real-World Experiences The biggest difference between Oh Snap! and creates a consitent experience no matter how or where a user interacts with the project.

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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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Navigation by Recommendation: Lessons Learned from a Little Experiment

Museum 2.0

So when the folks at the think tank asked us to make a media piece to address one problem we saw with the current setup, I decided to do a little experiment in visitor-driven navigation. I'd had a good experience earlier asking a guard what he recommended--it had taken me into a gallery I otherwise would have missed completely. So what would I do with this little experiment? This is definitely an unfinished idea--we only spent an hour on this experiment.

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Quick Hit: Five Evaluation Reports on Participatory Projects

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What's the best way to share information about your experiments--what worked and what didn't? I want to share a few fabulous evaluation and research studies that have greatly informed my work (and specifically, the development of The Participatory Museum , which is going to the printer this weekend). This amazing "all dark" exhibition, which visitors experience in groups led by blind guides, has reached millions of people around the world.

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