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

Museum 2.0

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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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. Background: Why They Did What They Did The Henry Art Gallery exhibition we worked with, Vortexhibition Polyphonica , was intended to explore three big ideas: Different voices “intervene” or add new points of view to the exhibition at periodic intervals.

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Thoughts on 3six5, a Successful Participatory Project

Museum 2.0

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. 3six5 has all the hallmarks of a good participatory project: It offers an enjoyable activity that is scaffolded by simple specifications without prescribing any particular result. It showcases diverse voices. Tags: storytelling Unusual Projects and Influences usercontent

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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." Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum

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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. Overview: Stages of Development and Participation Types The Participatory Museum was written over a 15 month period that began in December of 2008. Sarah Barton and Elaine Gurian in particular helped me settle on a more generous, positive voice. If you were a participant, please consider filling out this short survey to add your voice to next week's post.

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Against Participation

Museum 2.0

When should you turn down the invitation to share your voice? 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? There are many ways for voices to get chopped and twisted. Sometimes, choosing NOT to participate is a powerful statement that protects ownership of your voice and story as your own. At first, I thought it was a joke.

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How Museum Hack Transforms Museum Tours: Interview with Dustin Growick

Museum 2.0

It allows a little more freedom, and it also gives people many voices and personalities to engage with. 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).

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

Museum 2.0

Our archeology did not aim to uncover the hidden voice of my grandmother, but instead to begin an ongoing practice of recreation. Tags: participatory museum guestpost Unusual Projects and Influences 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.

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Growth Hacking Your Mission With People Power

Connection Cafe

It is made by many; it is open, participatory and peer-driven.” From the Arab Spring to Black Lives Matter, from the Ice Bucket Challenge to the Woman’s March, many of today’s most effective movements are less about single charismatic voices and more about the power of the chorus. How we advance causes, how we share our voices, how we connect. Rise of Peer Influence. Advocacy Nonprofit Growth-Hacking p2p Peer Influence Peer to Peer Fundraising

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The Novice Interpreter and the Art of Conversation

Museum 2.0

After listening to this clip a few times, I wondered: what if museums dropped the authoritative voice, the cultural voice, the friendly teacher voice, and adopted a novice voice? I love the Radiolab experience, but I wonder how much the success of the "novice voice" is contingent on the context of conversation. A novice alone on an exhibit panel could be as isolating as any other single exhibit voice, and potentially more annoying.

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Lead or Follow: Arts Administrators Hash it Out

Museum 2.0

Roberto Bedoya : The "Yes And" Argument and its Civic Implications Bedoya, the Executive Director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, makes a beautiful statement that arts administrators need to facilitate a multiplicity of leading voices, or as he puts it, "the courage of imagination and the plural." If you care about how participatory art experiences can shape civic processes, read Bedoya's post. institutional change Unusual Projects and Influences usercontent inclusion visitors

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

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. New voices energizing conversations. Thousands of nonprofit pros rely on our annual Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar to discover skill-building, strategy-slaying, network-enhancing nonprofit events.

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The Future of Authority: Platform Power

Museum 2.0

In these conversations, people often say, "don't expert voices matter?" It lets you be the only expert with a voice. Single voices represented on single labels is not scalable. I believe we need to develop museum "platforms" that allow us to harness, prioritize, and present the diversity of voices around a given object, exhibit, or idea. These rules are not uniform, and their differences often influence the makeup of users who feel welcome and choose to engage.

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Designing Talkback Platforms for Different Dialogic Goals

Museum 2.0

Answers will differ depending on who's asking, but they are also influenced by the designed environment in which questions are asked. By simplifying and personalizing the design technique used for the institutional voice, visitors felt like they were part of a natural conversation with the institution. Tags: Talking to Strangers design participatory museum usercontent interactives "Where were you last night?" If someone asked you that question, how would you answer?

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Helping Strangers Participate through Instructions: Deconstructing the MP3 Experiment

Museum 2.0

I’ve long admired Improv Everywhere , the NYC-based participatory public art group. For about half an hour, hundreds of people play together, silently, as directed by disembodied voices inside their headphones. The voice tells you what to do –stand up, shake hands, play Twister, make silly shapes—and you do it. Two and a half minutes in, the “omnipotent voice” Steve introduces himself. Tags: Unusual Projects and Influences

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The Nonprofit Book We’ve Been Waiting Four Years To Read Is Finally Here: New Power

Beth Kanter

The book is a guide about how to navigate and thrive in a connected world that has been increasingly been influenced and increasingly defined by two different forces, old and new power. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. This way of working requires a different, more participatory leadership model and mindset that Allison Fine and I first wrote about in The Networked Nonprofit and others have written about called “networked leadership.”

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Groundswell Book Club Part 1: Listening

Museum 2.0

The benefits of good groundswell listening include: understanding of how people define and identify with your brand awareness of change in their perception of your and competitors' brands over time long-term, sustainable strategies for research the ability to identify leading sources of influence in your market awareness of PR crises (bad blog press) a source for new product ideas Some of these points, like 2 and 5, are more appropriate to large businesses than to most museums.

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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. They have some influence over the direction of the project but don’t steer it themselves. Source: Share Your Ideas.

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The Engaged Leader: A Strategy for Digital Transformation

Beth Kanter

Sharing forges connections with followers that improves relationships, achieve goals, and amplifies a leader’s influence. The big shift that leaders have to make is to be more comfortable with openness. Participatory engagement invites people to answer a particular question or comment on a post. Technology has altered the way to connect and cultivate professional relationships and it is also transforming how leaders lead.

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Sharing Power, Holding Expertise: The Future of Authority Revisited

Museum 2.0

While I originally wrote this post to advocate for more participatory practice (i.e. In these conversations, people often say, "don't expert voices matter?" It lets you be the only expert with a voice. Single voices represented on single labels is not scalable. I believe we need to develop museum "platforms" that allow us to harness, prioritize, and present the diversity of voices around a given object, exhibit, or idea.

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What Does Audience-Centered Look Like? It Looks like Glasgow Museums.

Museum 2.0

At Kelvingrove, we were particularly taken by Looking at Art , a gallery that invited us to check out a painting in various stages of restoration, to look at the backs of paintings and the things that were crossed out, and to learn more about the stories and influences behind specific artworks. That work showed in the human voices and stories throughout the museum. When we say we want our museum to be "audience-centered," what do we mean?

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Nonprofit SXSW Goodness – Conference List Toppers, To-Dos and Topics of Interest

Connection Cafe

Across the country, geeks inside and outside of government are developing a new model for a participatory and transparent Federal, State and Municipal governments. The Future of Influence Saturday, March 13 at 11:00 AM - "The ability to share online has allowed consumers to control and filter the web. For brands and publishers, tapping into Influence is critical to social media's future. What is influence and how is it measured? Author: Jordan Viator.

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Arts 2.0: Examples of Arts Organizations Social Media Strategies

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But as Nina notes, they are doing research from this experiment about the role of independence and influence in a participatory experience. "The writing is in his own voice, personal and authentic, and he's giving the patrons exactly what they crave: who won which competition, who just got engaged, where alums are singing, backstage snapshots. | View | Upload your own. The above slide show was created based on all the information I gathered from my network below.

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