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What's all the Excito-ment about?
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What happens when a campus art museum invites an artist to cook for the visitors? What got the university's risk managers so "Excito-ed?" Find out this week on the CFM blog in a guest post on innovation and campus art museums.

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Optimism abounds for 2013; finances top of mind
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Fully 8 in 10 people worldwide say they are optimistic that the new year will be a better year than the previous one, up 8 percentage points from the 72 percent who said so a year earlier, according to a 23-country poll conducted by Ipsos for Reuters. More

Kickstarter campaigns reap $319 million in 2012
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WIRED magazine argues that 2012 was the year that "crowdfunding went mainstream. In 2012 Kickstarter attracted more than 2 million backers who pledged a combined $319 million on everything from one-woman comedy shows to iPhone-enabled watches and electronic banana pianos." ♦ At least two of Kickstarter's Best of 2012 projects involved museums. More

Fort Ticonderoga Celebrates Growth Year

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Data are transforming philanthropy and the social economy
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"Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013," written by leading philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz, captures the changing landscape of what it means to use private resources for the public good. No longer the purview of foundations and nonprofits alone, philanthropy is now defined by an array of increasingly diverse activities, such as impact investing, social businesses, peer networks and crowdfunding. More

Corporate conundrum
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American companies seem to be shaking off their recession hangover and increasing charitable donations again. From 2009 to 2011, 60 percent of corporations increased their giving (so sayeth the 2012 Edition of "Giving By Numbers," a survey from the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, that includes 62 of the FORTUNE 100). Yay! And yet, 67 percent of American consumers believe that "Most companies only make claims about their socially responsible efforts to try to sell me more of their products." More

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Asian-Americans gain influence in philanthropy
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Members of a new class of affluent Asian-Americans, many of whom have benefited from booms in finance and technology, are making their mark on philanthropy in the United States. They are donating large sums to groups focused on their own diasporas or their homelands and they are giving to prestigious universities, museums, concert halls and hospitals. More


Detroit Future City
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Imagine a Detroit where empty warehouses become "Live-Make" districts: Hackerspace neighborhoods zoned for artisans and creatives to live in the same spaces where they create. Or a neighborhood where vacant land has been cultivated into a protected woodlands area favored by hikers. Think of a Motor City where homeowners took light rail trains or high-speed buses to work every day. ♦ The Institute for the Future blog also looks at Maker Cities. More

About that overpopulation problem
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The world's seemingly relentless march toward overpopulation achieved a notable milestone in 2012: Somewhere on the planet, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the 7 billionth living person came into existence. But the rate of global population growth has slowed. And it's expected to keep slowing. Indeed, according to experts' best estimates, the total population of Earth will stop growing within the lifespan of people alive today. More

Museum Innovations

Report: Museums' engagement with audiences through social media is helping, mostly
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According to a newly released report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, which used data compiled by surveying some 1,244 arts organizations that received National Endowment for the Arts funding in recent years, museum administrators around the country overwhelmingly agree that social media help them engage with their audiences in meaningful ways that deepen understanding. Almost as many are annoyed that said engagement means visitors and users expect museum content to be free. ♦ For more on the NEA report, watch this clip from the PBS NewsHour. More

In New York museums interact with visitors
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A new installation at the New York Hall of Science is generating quite the buzz. Titled Common Weathers, the new exhibit is a cloud-like structure that hangs over patrons and changes based on the reflection of light around the museum. Visitors can text the "clouds" questions and comments. Lights will then blink directing the visitor to the spot in the exhibit with their answer. More

Oklahoma zoo transforms their animals into artists
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Sure, humans tend to be the most dexterous of the animals, with their fancy thumbs and articulated motor skills, but can any people artists be as adorable as Speedy the three-banded armadillo? Unlikely. The South American mammal, whose defining skill is curling into a ball, is one of the many creatures creating art at the Oklahoma City Zoo as part of their "Art Gone Wild" program that uses painting as an avenue of animal engagement. More

Selling memories: The line between museum education and consumerism
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Blogger asks "When is it honorable to use advertising as subterfuge for the cause of science and education?" — "Convincing a parent to visit a museum sounds like a better idea than pushing them to buy unhealthy food, but still: [W]e are talking about using the power of advertising and consumerism in favor of a museum." More

Made by hand, learned online
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For people who want to spend their leisure time learning to bake gravity-defying cakes, construct duplicates of their favorite jeans or stitch a quilt, a group of guys who have never sewn a button have built an online hub. Craftsy, an 18-month-old, Denver-based service, is teaching skills that people used to learn mostly from adult-education classes or YouTube. Like Etsy and Pinterest before it, Craftsy is benefiting from the dovetailing of women's interests in hand crafting and spending time online. ♦ Not a museum innovation yet, but we can imagine museums sharing (and monetizing) their expertise through similar educational tools. More

Tools for the Future

Gadget makers at Consumer Electronics Show embrace connectivity
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At this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, everything is getting a bit "smarter." Smartphones ushered in the notion that cellphones didn't have to be limited to just making calls, and tablets uprooted the definition of the personal computer. Now, the buzz at the world's largest tech gadget conference has shifted from the devices themselves to the growing crop of accessories and technologies that are piggybacking on their massive popularity. ♦ The CES show also featured an "air-hockey-table-sized touch-screen table" designed for museums. More

Will we have to look at Sunflowers in the dark?
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Iconic Vincent Van Gogh paintings such as Sunflowers could be changing color because of the lighting that was supposed to protect them, a study has found. Yellow paint used in several of his most famous pictures, including Sunflowers and Portrait of Gauguin, is unstable and can turn to shades of green or brown. Scientists have now discovered that one of the reasons why the yellow paint could be darkening is the [LED] lights used by museums and art galleries. ♦ Time to find a new light source? More

Ford 'futurist' pays attention to everything but cars
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Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton recently interviewed Sheryl Connelly, Ford Motor Company's manager of Global Trends and Future. Call her "futurist" for short. More

Flexible, paper-like tablet computers work together to make computing more like shuffling papers
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Researchers in Canada and the U.K. have developed a tablet computer that is both paper-thin and flexible. And while we've seen concept prototypes for flexible e-ink screens and the like previously, what's most intriguing about the so-called PaperTab is the user interface. The idea behind PaperTab isn't to make your iPad flexible, but to rethink the way we use tablet computers — and to make them more like the actual pieces of paper we shuffle around our desks. ♦ Opens new possibilities for museum displays, too. More

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