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Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

Museum 2.0

Recently, we''ve been talking at our museum about techniques for capturing compelling audio/video content with visitors. It made me dig up this 2011 interview with Tina Olsen (then at the Portland Art Museum) about their extraordinary Object Stories project. We ended up with a gallery in the museum instead. The other parts of the gallery are for experiencing the stories, and for connecting with the Museum collection. The proposal to Metlife was all video.

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One Small Step for Detroit, One Giant Leap for Museum Ethics (Maybe)

Museum 2.0

Over the past three years, the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) has served as the museum poster child for the debate on the public value of the arts. Last year, the DIA was saved from financial crisis by voters in its three neighboring counties who elected to take on an additional property tax to support the museum. From a non-museum person''s perspective, it''s a little mysterious. just like the DIA will face if the city forces it to violate museum ethics.

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Better Blog Museum Metrics

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I am also prepping a panel on the topic for NTC (more about that later) Seb Chan is focusing specifically on blog metrics for museums. He is suggesting two metrics for museums (which are also recommended by the others talking about this topic in other disciplines): In our paper Jim and I avoided site traffic and instead proposed that two better measures of success for museum blogs were citations/linkbacks and user comments. Do you have plan or logic model to share?

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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? Will the artists ruin the museum with their plant vacations and coatroom concerts? But for museum and art wonks, it could be. The Machine Project and the Hammer Museum have just released an incredible ebook documenting Machine's year-long residency at the Hammer in 2010. It's philosophy and business model rolled into a messy package.

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Anyone Who Says this isn't a Business is Nuts.

Museum 2.0

In the Netherlands, State Secretary for Culture Halbe Zijlstra slashed 200 million euros from the national budget for the arts, leading to the close of the innovative National History Museum project and crippling many superbly inventive and inspiring organizations like Mediamatic and the Waag Society. When I came to become the director of The Museum of Art & History two months ago, we were on the financial brink. Museum of Art and History business models

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Guest Post: A Tale of Two University Museums

Museum 2.0

Margaret shared these thoughts about "museums for use" on her blog , and I asked her to adapt a version for the Museum 2.0 Should a museum be a destination or a place for everyday use? Nina Simon posed this provocative question at a recent presentation , and it got me thinking about the differences between museum "users" and "visitors." The Rhode Island School of Design was established in 1877 alongside its Museum of Art, an important resource for RISD students.

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Querying the Environment: A Smart Model for Pull Content

Museum 2.0

In my continuing quest to find elegant ways to integrate technology into the museum experience, we come to interpretative material and the simple question, "How can you create natural ways for visitors to retrieve the information of most interest to them relative to an artifact or exhibit?" Pull techniques invite visitors to actively retrieve content of interest, rather than consuming content "pushed" indiscriminately by the museum.

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Becoming Generous Thieves: Notes from the Museums in Conversation Keynote

Museum 2.0

On Monday, I gave the keynote at the Museums in Conversation conference in Tarrytown, NY. I learned to cultivate creative greed while working on Operation Spy at the International Spy Museum, where I was lucky to be working on a project that was so new to us that we didn't have any pre-established models or structures for doing it. What amazing thing is this designer or author or game creator doing that I can take a slice of and stick into my museum?

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Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

There are a few core elements of the way communities work that we can learn from as a model for innovation as well. Community-Driven Model. Organizations, whether nonprofits, institutions, human services, or even ad hoc groups, can harness these elements of communities and use a community-driven model to design programs and services as well as create a platform for collaboration, and reposition themselves as the heart of the community.

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Museum Skunkworks: Carving Out a Place for Risk-Taking

Museum 2.0

I once asked Elaine Gurian how museums can change. Here's the problem with both of these ways: they require circumstances that are outside of most museum employees' control. Where's the opportunity for risk in museums that are too big to avoid the media microscope? There's a third way, a way modeled in huge tech companies trying to compete with young start-ups. There's more attention these days on the "from the top" model.

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Framework vs. Sensibility: Separating Format from Voice

Museum 2.0

I was talking this week with Mark Allen, the founder of Machine Project (an alternative arts space in LA), about different models for community engagement in cultural institutions. In contrast, The Public School has a democratic framework--anyone can use their website to propose a class she'd like to take or teach. A museum can be friendly, or serious, or funny, while maintaining a traditional relationship with visitors as consumers of experiences. participatory museum

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Women of Color Leading Essential, Activist Work in Cultural Institutions

Museum 2.0

Ravon Ruffin and Amanda Figuero - Claiming Space for Brown Women in the Digital Museum Landscape Based in Washington DC, Brown Girls Museum Blog is a new-ish site led by graduate students Ravon Ruffin and Amanda Figueroa. Ravon and Amanda are using several social media channels to explore and share museum exhibitions, programs, and projects. The Museum of Impact is a pop-up project of short-term exhibitions on urgent topics of social justice.

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#BBCON 2016| What’s in It for Arts & Cultural Organizations

Connection Cafe

Leadership from Arts National Service Organizations, including Rob Stein, Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer at the American Alliance of Museums and Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director of the Association of Children’s Museums, will discuss trends and challenges in the arts technology landscape and lead an open discussion with all in attendance. Kathryn will help you ensure that your funding proposals have a greater chance of rising to the top!

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What's Your $12,720 Idea for New Ways of Engaging with Audiences?

Museum 2.0

They are soliciting project proposals for innovative forms of audience engagement. The strongest proposals will be wholly original and theoretically grounded. Proposals are due by February 5, 2015. Here is how they describe the challenge: What do we refer to when we talk about audience/s in cultural centres, museums and similar spaces today? What new models are currently being used in this field? Are cultural centres and museums meeting them?

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What we are called to do now

Museum 2.0

As much as we need to dismantle and analyze every existing institution in our society, we also need to create new systems, new models, and new institutions. The city of Seattle continues to propose an income tax that is, in my opinion, incredibly fair.

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Where Are Your Donations Coming From?

Greater Giving

For many, that involves a combination of income sources that, together, make up their funding model. A funding model is defined as the methodical and institutionalized approach to bring in revenue to support an organization’s core programs and initiatives.

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How Do You Capture Compelling Visitor Stories? Interview with Christina Olsen

Museum 2.0

Lots of museums these days have video comment booths to invite visitors to tell their stories, but how many of those booths really deliver high-impact content? Last week, I talked with Tina Olsen, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Portland Art Museum, about their extraordinary Object Stories project. And I also knew we wanted to connect with the Northwest Film Center , which is situated in the museum. We ended up with a gallery in the museum instead.

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How I Got Here

Museum 2.0

Last week marked four years for the Museum 2.0 People--especially young folks looking to break into the museum business--often ask me how I got here. Ed Rodley recently wrote a blog post about museum jobs entitled "Getting Hired: It's Who You Know and Who Knows You." Part 2: It's How Aggressive You Are My first year in museums, I tried to get as much broad experience as possible. I survived the first half of 2003 financially on art modeling and poetry gigs.

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Reflections on MuseumNext and Facilitating Brainstorming

Museum 2.0

Last week, Jim Richardson and I hosted MuseumNext , a 24-hour workshop for museum professionals focused on bringing new, wild museum projects into the world. We also ended the entire event with one of my favorite exercises, the Exquisite Corpse game, in which participants co-created comics of their craziest museum dreams.

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The FCC and Accessibility

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Here are my comments on the big picture and a couple of their proposals. We have a model for this kind of change: TTYs (text telephones) and relay services though the telephone. Specific comments on the proposed Clearinghouse. Specific comments on the proposed Chairman’s Awards. Overview One of the great things about the Obama Administration is that they've generally lowered the bar for citizen participation in federal policy.

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MuseumNext: Camp Comes to the UK, Oct 22-23

Museum 2.0

Museums site) asked me if I'd like to come to England this fall and put on some kind of camp with him, I was thrilled. We are using a hybrid unconference/workshop model in which participants work collaboratively to explore and brainstorm a few pre-selected "wild ideas" for future museum initiatives related to audience participation. I'm working on a project to open an interactive museum/bar in Santa Cruz focused on social participation.

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at an Admissions Desk

Museum 2.0

Today, we take a page from Wallace Stevens and look at some alternative ways to structure museum admissions and pricing. What if visitors could stream into the museum, with the expectation that at some point they would encounter a staff member who could facilitate the purchase of admission? Many museum memberships functionally are season passes, but there's a false perception that something "more" comes out of the membership. What other crazy admissions models are out there?

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Notes from the Future: Reflections on the IMLS Meeting on Museums and Libraries in the 21st Century

Museum 2.0

What’s in the crystal ball for museums and libraries? The IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) has commissioned a preliminary proposal for an NAS (National Academy of Sciences) report on museums and libraries in the 21st century. What are the essential differences and similarities between libraries and museums? How do you measure and articulate the value of museums and libraries? A museum, a library, or something else?

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Sustaining Innovation Book Discussion Part 1: What Does it Take Innovate Naturally and Frequently?

Museum 2.0

The longer I consult with museums and cultural institutions, the more time I spend peering into people's eyes, wondering: do folks here feel able to innovate? Part of me wonders whether the organization was actually built to "sustain" anything (it may have been a deliberately unsustainable business model). This is the first in a series of posts about Paul Light's book Sustaining Innovation: Creating Nonprofit and Government Organizations that Innovate Naturally.

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Community Exhibit Development: Lessons Learned from The Tech Virtual

Museum 2.0

On June 4, we opened The Tech Virtual Test Zone , a new 2000 sq ft gallery at The Tech Museum of Innovation featuring exhibits on the theme of art, film, and music that were originally developed in Second Life by a community of creative amateurs. Some museum pros have been puzzled by this. Some museum professionals asked me, "couldn't the participants have just described their exhibit in text?"

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Crowdsourcing: Measuring the Impact of the Crowd in Funding and Doing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are four different models of crowdsourcing activities: wisdom, creation, voting, and funding. There’s isn’t one best way to do it – and many organizations use a combination of these models to meet their objectives. The measure of impact is to determine whether the comments and feedback strengthened or improved the final proposal. Brooklyn Museum implemented a crowdsourced photography exhibit experiment called “ Click! Crowdsourcing 101.

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Protecting Wild Lands Through Art

Tech Soup Blog

Braided River combines the arts of photography and literature to create books, media campaigns, and museum exhibits about preserving North America's wild places. " Braided River's Seasons of Life and Land book on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was held up on the floor of the Senate during a debate on a bill proposing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; the bill was ultimately defeated.

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Vote and Comment for ALL these Awesome Nonprofit Panels at SXSW!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

At the end of that panel, we all hoped there would be a larger nonprofit presence on the agenda for this 2009. And yes, indeed, in 2009 there were many more panel proposals about or by folks who work with nonprofits and voting. There's even a panel proposal for Slacktivism ). These ideas inspired the SXSW panel proposal I submitted: Crowdsourcing for Innovative Social Change Social media builds buzz and raises money, but what about real, on-the-ground change?

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Last Chance to Vote for Nonprofit SXSW Panels: Closes September 4th

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I did a roundup of nonprofit panel proposals a few weeks back and wanted to give you an updated list. At the end of that panel, we all hoped there would be a larger nonprofit presence on the agenda for this 2009. And yes, indeed, in 2009 there were many more panel proposals. These ideas inspired the SXSW panel proposal I submitted: Crowdsourcing for Innovative Social Change Social media builds buzz and raises money, but what about real, on-the-ground change?

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Protecting Wild Lands Through Art

Tech Soup Blog

Braided River combines the arts of photography and literature to create books, media campaigns, and museum exhibits about preserving North America's wild places. " Braided River's Seasons of Life and Land book on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was held up on the floor of the Senate during a debate on a bill proposing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; the bill was ultimately defeated.

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Guest Post: Beth Kanter's SXSWi Nonprofit Panel Roundup

NTEN

And yes, indeed, in 2009 there were many more panel proposals. There's even a panel proposal for Slacktivism ). These ideas inspired the SXSW panel proposal I submitted: Crowdsourcing for Innovative Social Change. Community Funded Reporting : The news industry is dying but in its wake are new business models to support investigative journalism. Where does it surpass the traditional advertising model? Museum APIs: What Are They Good For?

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Saving the California Condor: A Collective Impact Story

ASU Lodestar Center

Wilbur considered the post “a very special trust,” (123) and set up a partnership model that “emphasized cooperation, integrity, and credibility, that way we could set some standards for other preservation efforts” (124). [1]. It was a packed hearing and all these people were bringing up challenges (to the proposal). On our last trip to San Diego, my daughter and I took a trip to the Natural History Museum. posted by. Stephanie La Loggia, M.A. Manager of Knowledge Resources.

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Guest Post by Jeff Gates: Confessions of a Long Tail Visionary

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In the last few years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum. has been looking at our museum’s online information in the same way. A few weeks ago, American Art’s director, Elizabeth Broun, continued the discussion by holding an unprecedented all-day staff retreat to discuss the use of social media within the museum. • • •. Museums are changing. The envisioned twenty-first-century model, however, is more level. Their stories are the museum.

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NpTech Summary: VTvigils Online, Netsquared Announces 21 Featured Projects, and Happiness Hacking

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So how do we propose to pay for it? She notes, "It doesn't specifically talk about open content, but discusses online and offline content income models in depth, with numbers." While Forum One points out that Michael Edson of the Smithsonian American Art Museum will give a talk called " By The Time You Need A Blog, It's Too Late " at next week's seminar on blogging.

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The One-Look Virus and Immersive Environments for Teaching and Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Being another layer over existing technologies, those who are comfortable with the current models can stay behind while the rest of us move up to the next level. SL is not some new revolutionary model that has never been seen before. It is a social space, a virtual space that can be used to model things not easily modeled in reality, and it???s more preposterous than proposing an immersive MUVE communications revolution).