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.

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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The Art of Gathering: A Fabulous Book to Help You Host Better Meetings and Events

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The book explains how to host events with purpose, drawing lessons from intimate parties, mass happenings, and international summits. Here are my three big takeaways from The Art of Gathering : Hosting is an exercise in courageous leadership. When you host an event, you have the power to define what happens. Too often, a dinner party host will airily encourage guests to "get to know each other," without providing fuel for connection.

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.

Participatory Campaigns: The Hold A Sign Meme

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Consumer-generated media (CGM) multi-media (CGM2): First-person commentary posted or shared across a host of expression venues. Consumer-solicited media (CSM): "Participatory media" -- that's what the flickr contests above are! The youtube video is from Star Bucks Campaign. There was also a flickr component that I learned about this from the wonderful Heather Gardner-Madras , who like me, is a flickr fan.

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Henry Jenkins discusses participatory media in Second Life

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Henry Jenkins made his first official appearance in Second Life visiting the Teen version, known as the "Teen Grid," where the Global Kids Island is hosting an event, A World Fit for Children Festival. I just received my copy of Henry Jenkin's Convergence Culture which has been on my list ever since I heard him speak at the launch of the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Learning and Media Initiative. I'm hoping to get a chance to finish during some much needed down time.

New Models for Community Partnerships: Museums Hosting Meetups

Museum 2.0

This month brings three examples of museums hosting meetups for online communities: On 8.6.08, the Computer History Museum (Silicon Valley, CA) hosted a Yelp! On 8.8.08, the Ontario Science Center (Toronto, Canada) hosted the 888 YouTube meetup for any and all YouTube aficionados. On 8.16.08, the Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz, CA) hosted FreelanceCamp, a free unconference that brought 150 designers and techies from the south bay area together to talk shop.

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

Museum 2.0

They host public co-making events, invite groups to book workshops directly, engage on twitter and tumblr , and encourage drop-in participation. A strong participatory process is not a loosey-goosey, open the doors and do whatever strategy. It''s not a question of the participatory process being unidirectional, something that we are doing for you the community. design inclusion institutional change participatory museum Imagine a historic site.

Against Participation

Museum 2.0

Hosted by a sound art collective, Ultra-red, the 2015 event promised "to investigate listening as a political activity and to interrogate the stakes of participation in neoliberalism." How should you make these decisions in an imperfect world where every host is using you for something, and every voice is in danger of being manipulated, misunderstood, or subverted? It pushes me to block out certain participatory forums that distract, exhaust, or limit me.

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Why Cloud for Good Is Excited About Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC22)

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In addition to the interactive sessions and keynote speakers, attendees can expect a participatory online experience that connects attendees togethers, engages with session presenters, and promotes networking opportunities.

Yes, Audience Participation Can Have Significant Value

Museum 2.0

I can't say that any one experience--working on a collage with other visitors, swinging on a hammock, discovering a participatory display for pocket artifacts in the bathroom--directly contributed to increased attendance and giving. Our team focused this year on just three things: making the museum more comfortable, hosting new participatory events, and partnering wherever possible.

How Museum Hack Transforms Museum Tours: Interview with Dustin Growick

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It also helps that we generally sell out at 8 people, and the guide always has a co-host if the group gets that big. comfort interactives participatory museum programs Unusual Projects and Influences A new company in New York, Museum Hack , is reinventing the museum tour from the outside in. They give high-energy, interactive tours of the Metropolitan Museum and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).

Reflections on a Weekend with Ze Frank and His Online Community

Museum 2.0

This past weekend, in conjunction with our exhibition about Ze Frank's current participatory project, A Show , we hosted " Ze Frank Weekend "--a quickie summer camp of workshops, activities, presentations, and lots of hugging. I loved meeting so many people who were surprised and delighted by the participatory approach of our museum--it made it feel like this was a place "for them" instead of a place that was hosting them.

10 Ways to Build a Better Community Brainstorming Meeting

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It doesn't matter what incentives you offer to participate or how attractive the invitation is if the recipient doesn't know or trust you as a host. The best book I've read on the topic is Facilitators Guide to Participatory Decision-Making by Sam Kaner. inclusion participatory museum usercontentYou're planning a new exhibition. Considering a new strategic direction. Designing a new program.

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Fifteen Random Things I've Learned about Design for Participation This Year

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We've been offering a host of participatory and interactive experiences at the Museum of Art & History this season. I loved Jasper Visser's list of 30 "do's" for designing participatory projects earlier this month. This isn't even participatory. Museum of Art and History design participatory museum usercontentAll of them are cheap, mostly simple, and occasionally, dangerous.

Guest Post: A New Role for Science Museums--Playground for Scientists

Museum 2.0

In fact, we''ll be hosting Frenemy, Freeloader, and Do You Know What I Know You Know? game guestpost participatory museum Unusual Projects and Influences One of the greatest gifts of my babymoon is the opportunity to share the Museum 2.0 author''s desk with brilliant colleagues who inspire me. First up is Beck Tench, a "simplifier, illustrator, story teller, and technologist" working at the Museum of Life & Science in Durham, NC.

Happy New Year! Two Free Books! And Watermelon!

Museum 2.0

I published The Participatory Museum in March (with help from many of you!) Thank you so much for hosting me, picking me up at airports, taking me to karaoke bars, showing me secret parts of your museums, helping me find vegetarian food, and sharing your ideas, dreams, and schemes for the future. This year's video tells the story of The Participatory Museum 's sequel and exposes some deadly secrets we uncovered this year in the worlds' museums (Denmark! Dear Museum 2.0

Four Unusual Professional Development Events in 2013

Museum 2.0

Three of them are being hosted at my museum , and one at a mystery location. In July of 2013, the MAH will host our first You Can't Do That in Museums Camp (or better name to be suggested by you), inviting 80 creative people to collaborate on an experimental exhibition. We're working with participatory online artist Ze Frank on an exhibition at the MAH this winter that features the missions, creations, and explorations of his current web series, A Show.

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

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Recently, we hosted a PechaKucha night at the MAH, which featured a wide range of community members presenting on eight different topics. Museum of Art and History programs relationships participatory museum guestpost inclusionThis guest post was written by my incredible colleagues, Stacey Marie Garcia and Emily Hope Dobkin, with minimal input from me.

A City and an Art Center Design the Future: Reflections on the Market Street Prototyping Festival

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The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (which she directs) teamed up with the San Francisco Planning Department and the Knight Foundation to host the Market Street Prototyping Festival. creative placemaking design participatory museum public space social bridging "The arts are future-making." I wrote this down when Deborah Cullinan said it at a meeting of arts leaders about a year ago.

Framework vs. Sensibility: Separating Format from Voice

Museum 2.0

I've written before about the difference between participatory processes and products , but this question of frameworks and sensibility is more broadly applicable to community engagement strategies. Machine Project, on the other hand, recently hosted a dumpling party and offered parent-child workshops in hot-wiring cars. Sometimes, when I'm focused on welcoming visitors and being good hosts, I'm really talking about sensibility. participatory museum

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

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The Digital Media and Learning Conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialogue and linking theory, empirical study, policy, and practice. Each fall since 2008 MNN has hosted an annual conference and expo.

7 Ideas for a Virtual New Year’s Eve Event

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Just because you cannot gather with others in a crowded venue to belt out the opening verse of Auld Lang Syne, it doesn’t mean that you can’t host a proper New Year’s Eve celebration. Here are just a few really great ideas for venues and event planners looking to host a killer virtual party!

Adventures in Artist-Driven Public Engagement: Machine Project at the Hammer Museum

Museum 2.0

What happens when a formal art museum invites a group of collaborative, participatory artists to be in residence for a year? Artists and administrators grapple with the shifting roles of institutions as hosts and incubators for creative work. Several artists offer surprising insights into making participatory projects appealing to visitors. Frequently, we get stuck on developing participatory projects or events that serve as many people as possible.

Parents Talking with Parents: A Simple, Successful Discussion Board at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

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This is a participatory comment board in a true sense. It just has to host the space for the conversation. Projects participatory museumOn a recent trip to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, I noted a discussion board in the "Nursery" gallery. The design is nothing special: a question printed on construction paper with a bunch of post-its and pens for visitors to respond. But the board is excellent, and I could see that instantly from a quick read.

A Birthday Request.

Museum 2.0

My book, The Participatory Museum , has done incredibly well so far, but there's a problem: the interactive components aren't working. When I released it in March, I launched a simple website to host all the book content and to support discussion around it. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum Dear Museum 2.0 readers, Today is my birthday. It's been an intense year - finishing the book and spending lots of time on the road working with cultural institutions.

What Does it Mean to Have a Relationship with an Institution?

Museum 2.0

We have to retrain ourselves and our staff not to be the center of the relationship but instead to be the hosts who match make among visitors, who can then pursue more sustainable relationships on their own. personalization participatory museum visitorsRecently, I've been doing a lot of workshops with cultural professionals around the question of developing authentic relationships between institutions and visitors.

Techniques for Identifying and Amplifying Social Objects in Museums

Museum 2.0

I spent last week in the glorious country of Taiwan, hiking, eating, and working with museum professionals and graduate students at a conference hosted at the Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts. Read about the Human Library in chapter 3 of The Participatory Museum by searching that term here.) Tags: design participatory museum

A Revised Theory of Social Participation via "Me-to-We" Design

Museum 2.0

There are some parties where hosts go out of their way to welcome guests individually and to introduce them to others via shared interests - making sure Susie the winemaker meets George the restauranteur and so on. Not every cultural experience requires a party host (though they are always useful). Ideas participatory museum

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7 Ideas for a Virtual New Year’s Eve Event

AccelEvents

Just because you cannot gather with others in a crowded venue to belt out the opening verse of Auld Lang Syne, it doesn’t mean that you can’t host a proper New Year’s Eve celebration. Here are just a few really great ideas for venues and event planners looking to host a killer virtual party!

Avoiding the Community Manager Superstar

Museum 2.0

Many museums are attacking this problem by hosting a central "community" or "social" page on their websites (see COSI's or the Brooklyn Museum's ) that aggregates all of the Web 2.0 Projects participatory museum professional development inclusion Every time a colleague tells me her museum has just hired a "community person," a part of me cringes.

New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth Kanter

” The book describes a new approach to leadership and community engagement in the Central Valley , that has empowered local leaders to tackle a host of issues facing the community in an entirely new way–from designing education programs and services for immigrant communities to law enforcement reform, and boosting entrepreneurship in the region. The facilitation methods are participatory.

Introducing Community Participation Bootcamp at the MAH

Museum 2.0

For the past five years, each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History has hosted MuseumCamp. This year, to address these issues, we're experimenting with hosting two camps instead of one: COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION BOOTCAMP , June 7-8, 2018. Develop compelling, powerful participatory offers and promises for your prospective partners. Tour MAH participatory exhibitions and shadow MAH community events.

Missed Connections and Matchmaking: A Case for the Desire to Socialize in Museums

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It doesn't matter if you are creating a didactic diorama or a participatory smorgasborg if the experience is fundamentally about your desires rather than visitors'. Devon Hamilton of the Ontario Science Centre told a lovely story about the way hosts (floor staff) are trained in their innovation center to connect visitors with one another. A visitor asked a host how a particular kinetic art piece worked. Tags: participatory museum inclusion visitors

The Novice Interpreter and the Art of Conversation

Museum 2.0

The podcast featured the two hosts, Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad, speaking to a crowd about their unique partnership. Effectively, Robert is saying that Radiolab isn't just a show where the hosts have conversations with scientists. It's a show where the hosts model a way for YOU to have conversations with scientists, a way for regular people to engage with experts rather than deferring to or ignoring them.

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FInding the Right Questions (For Visitor Dialogue)

Museum 2.0

The program RadioLab does this so well, featuring two scientist hosts who frequently ask each other: do you really think that X does Y in your brain? Tags: participatory museum usercontent inclusion These days, it's fashionable to use label-writing to ask visitors questions. How will your actions affect global warming? When have you experienced racism? What do you think?

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How can nonprofits and funders create mutually agreeable performance measures?

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Kellogg Foundation are cultivating cross-sector learning by developing program evaluation curriculums, and hosting forums for nonprofits to exchange lessons and ideas. Use participatory processes to define metrics and methods of data collection. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

Tools for Talking to Strangers

Museum 2.0

Retrain floor staff to be party hosts. Tags: participatory museum visitors Rock climbing (safely) is a two-person activity. One person holds the rope, the other ascends the rock. For that reason, going to the climbing gym doesn't just require interest, it requires friends. My climbing gym addresses this obstacle with a wipeboard near the front that reads: “Write your name here if you need a partner.” It’s a very simple nudge towards encouraging users of the gym to meet each other.

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Groundswell Book Club Part 1: Listening

Museum 2.0

Maybe you have members who are just waiting to host museum-related events in their homes. Tags: Book Discussion: Groundswell marketing participatory museum This week, we're covering the first objective in Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff's book Groundswell : listening (chapter 5). This is a long post focused on strategic uses of listening rather than specific techniques. Please let me know (since I'm listening) whether this length is a benefit or a detriment to your experience.

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Four Models for Active User Engagement, by Nina Simon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nina has written a fantastic book engagement called The Participatory Museum. A third argues that the project won’t be truly participatory unless users get to define what content is sought in the first place. I’ve been using these participatory categories to talk about how we’d like users to participate in different projects. I’ve added one more category to the mix called hosted. Contribution, collaboration, co-creation, hosted. Source: Share Your Ideas.

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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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Trainer’s Notebook: Finding Inspiration and New Ideas for Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

Last week, during the Google hangout hosted by the Packard Foundation , someone asked me where I get all my ideas for designing and delivering training. Part of delivering instruction is being a good facilitation of people’s learning and there is no better way to learn how to improve your own technique than watching world class facilitators in action. I always learn something from his participatory style, humor, and techniques. Here’s a few things I learned.

2020: The Year that Changed Grantmaking

Connection Cafe

Program officers and staff spend long hours shepherding grantees through this complex process, collecting and reviewing endless pages of documentation, and debating the merits of projects with a host of reviewers and committees. 2020 will be remembered as the year that changed grantmaking.