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.

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.

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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

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. If you are new to participatory facilitation techniques, use the Spectagram as an opener and use it to better understand skill levels in the room.

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 thought the pinnacle of participatory practice was an exhibit that could inspire collective visitor action without facilitation.

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.

One Simple Question to Make Your Work More Participatory

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This is the question I ask myself anytime I'm working on something with a participatory intent. But even developing that open call was a participatory process: Wes worked with other staff to think through how the residencies could work. Ideas participatory museum

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!" 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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Web 2.0 Expo: Data on Participatory Web

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Expo: Data on Participatory Web: "Tagging has become a mainstream acitivity in blogging, according to Sifry - 230 Million tags over two years, with 37% of blog posts using author tags Web 2.0

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. Projects participatory museum

Enabling a Participatory Culture using Creative Commons Licenses

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Enabling a Participatory Culture using Creative Commons Licenses by Gautam John. Photo by Pratham Books: Snapshots from Bookaroo 2010 : Children's Literature Festival.

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. 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.

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?

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."

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. Tags: exhibition design participatory museum usercontent

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.

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.

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. 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.

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. So many participatory projects do the opposite, requiring you to take a dozen tricky steps to no meaningful end.

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?

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. Hey kid! Want to buy a book ?

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. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum

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

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.

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. Tags: Book: The Participatory Museum

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.

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.

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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. Tags: guest blogging participatory Submitted by Nina Simon, publisher of Museum 2.0.

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. Why are teens over-represented in participatory projects? Projects participatory museum inclusion

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.

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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.

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?

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

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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. The WHY of participatory design is really important.

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

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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.)

Quick Hit: Five Evaluation Reports on Participatory Projects

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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).