Participatory Grantmaking: I’m in! Now what?


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.

Foundation for Black Communities launch survey on participatory grantmaking

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The Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) is seeking to learn how foundations across Canada approach participatory grantmaking processes. They are seeking to understand the variety of participatory approaches being used, the benefits and challenges of these approaches, and how they are evaluated. The post Foundation for Black Communities launch survey on participatory grantmaking appeared first on CharityVillage.


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This is What the Participatory Museum Sounds Like

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This is the participatory museum, played out loud. creative placemaking Museum of Art and History participatory museum usercontent visitorsIt's late in the afternoon. I'm cranking away on a grant proposal, when suddenly, a classical rendition of "All the Single Ladies" wafts up the stairs. In the office, colleagues lift their heads. "Is Is that.?" someone asks. Yup," another nods. We grin. This is the magic a piano in the lobby makes.

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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 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?

Grantmaking: What’s Participation Got to Do with It?


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

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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.

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. When I think about what makes for great participatory experiences in both poetry open mics and jazz jams, it comes down to three basic things: The process is open.

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

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There are different ways to design a participatory workshop. A more participatory approach, and one that Allen Gunn uses, is to crowdsource provocative questions from participants. If you are looking for some simple participatory exercises to make your workshop more interactive, I recommend Thiagi’s book, Training Games.

Making Participatory Processes Visible to Visitors

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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

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. exhibition participatory museum interactivesWe’ve been doing a little experiment at our museum with labels. The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum recently loaned us some fabulous surfboards that tell the co-mingled history of surfing and redwood trees in Santa Cruz.

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. 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.

Enabling a Participatory Culture using Creative Commons Licenses

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Enabling a Participatory Culture using Creative Commons Licenses by Gautam John. Such a model rests on the idea of a participatory culture and an essential ingredient is a permissive licensing strategy – Creative Commons licenses offers us this, a large community with shared values and an ecosystem to tap in to. Photo by Pratham Books: Snapshots from Bookaroo 2010 : Children's Literature Festival.

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. We keep trying to find ways to assign numbers to different kinds of participatory projects at the MAH. What approaches have you used or considered for evaluating participatory projects?

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. Instead of a total budget of $200 for participatory elements, we spent about $4,000 on materials for participatory elements in this exhibition. Without further ado, here's what we did to make the exhibition participatory.

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. While that was painful for the organizations involved, it also helped force the issue of whether participatory engagement could be core to a strong future business model for each organization or not. That honesty shines through in the report's clear language, specific tips, and frequent bite-sized notes of "things to watch out for" when working to become a participatory organization.

Put Down the Clipboard:Visitor Feedback as Participatory Activity

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Museum of Art and History marketing participatory museum usercontentA few weeks ago, the MAH Director of Community Programs, Stacey Garcia, came to me with an idea. Stacey has been collaborating with local artists to produce a series of content-rich events that invite visitors to participate in a range of hands-on activities. The events are informal, personal, and fun, but our feedback mechanism--onsite and post-event surveys--not so much.

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." A participatory culture is also one in which members believe their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection to one another.

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. design exhibition Museum of Art and History participatory museum usercontent Whoever wrote this comment card: thank you. You made my month.

The ongoing revolution in philanthropy: An open-ended reading list

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Deciding Together Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking. Empowering Communities: Participatory Grantmakers Say We Must Go beyond Feedback. Community-based participatory research.

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.

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. I've often been asked about examples of participatory practice in theater, dance, and classical music, and this report is a great starting point. It can be easy to conflate engaging activities with participatory opportunities, and I'm glad they were explicit about the difference.

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

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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. interview participatory museum inclusion

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? Interestingly, in the participatory design model I'm more familiar with on the Web and in collaborative project design, the fundamental issues are different.

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. This is what happened at the Oakland Museum of California, which used its very successful co-creative Days of the Dead project as a kind of template for participatory redesign. Tags: exhibition design participatory museum usercontent

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. 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

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. Too often, cultural institutions design participatory projects that require visitors to learn new tools or make sacrifices to contribute. After I got over my shock (and the urge to delete the email), I realized that this depressing coda is a great illustration of the challenges of sustaining participatory projects.

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.

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

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. 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

Participatory Internships in Santa Cruz this School Year

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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.

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 participatory facilitation can be taught. What kind of participatory techniques have you seen work well on tours? Tags: personalization participatory museum Last week, I visited the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle.

Book Announcement: The Participatory Museum is now available!

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The Participatory Museum is a practical guide to visitor participation. The Participatory Museum is an attempt at providing such a resource. I hope it opens up a broader conversation about the nuts and bolts of successful participatory projects. At 388 pages, there's a lot to explore and to help you refine your thinking and participatory project planning. As many of you know, this book was created via a participatory process that involved many individuals.

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

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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.

The Johnny Cash Project: A Participatory Music Video That Sings

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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. Publishing The Participatory Museum is an ongoing process that will continue as long as the book is sold.

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. 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

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. 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!

Participatory Campaigns: The Hold A Sign Meme

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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. She posted a pointer on the NTEN Nonprofit Flickr Affinity Group list today. Here is a. great example of the innovative new things we can do with Flickr in terms of.

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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. As the participatory content review progressed well, I started looking for other ways for people to help. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum Check out the other parts here.

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. 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.

Why Are So Many Participatory Experiences Focused on Teens?

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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. And while I enjoy working with youth and consuming their creations as a museum visitor, I'd like to call into question the idea that they are or should be the primary audience for participatory experiences. Why are teens over-represented in participatory projects?

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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. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum This week, we'll look at the overview of the process of the creation of the book and some overall statistics for user participation.

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?