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Forecasting the next educational era
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This week the CFM blog looks at the future of education and the role of museums. Can museums ride the rapid increase in non-traditional forms of primary education in that future?

Plan for the future now
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Advocate for the future of museums by registering for Museums Advocacy Day by Jan. 21. Prepare for the future with All You Can Learn professional development deals for AAM member museums.

All Museums Can Learn from NASA Participatory Exploration

A masterplan for Kennedy Space Center incorporates PE in a museum. The implications for the future of museums go beyond the innovative NASA model. Read more.


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Communities seeking more payments from nonprofits
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Budget crunches are the new reality for municipalities throughout the region. In the face of these difficult economic times, municipalities are forced to seek alternate sources of revenue to maintain the services they provide. Among those options are requesting PILOTs, or Payments in Lieu of Taxes, from certain nonprofit organizations. More

Charities make plans to increase prices of tickets, dues and other fees
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Over the past three years, the economic downturn prompted museums, zoos, performing arts organizations and other nonprofits to hold off from raising their membership dues, admission fees and ticket prices. But now many charities are "taking a fine-toothed comb to their program and looking to enhance revenue," says Dana Hines, a St. Louis-based consultant. More

Americans see religion losing influence
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According to results of a new Gallup poll, 7 in 10 Americans say religion is losing its influence on American life. This figure has risen 27 percent from 55 percent who gave the same view in 2002, and is tied with 2009 for the highest percentage who say religion is losing influence since 1970. More

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Greenwashing's toll? Americans get green fatigue
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Fewer Americans are integrating green behavior such as water conservation, composting, recycling electronics and buying more fuel efficient cars into their daily routines, according to a Harris Interactive poll. ♦ Can (or should) museums do more to encourage these behaviors? More

Economics in an age of fracture
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Historian Daniel Rodgers writes, "If crises change the way we see the world, the Great Recession of 2008-10 has to be reckoned, so far, as an anomaly. It has upended lives [and] set loose a storm of fears and anxieties. ... But in comparison with earlier economic crackups, this crisis has packed an emotional wallop but only an intellectual whimper." More


Unprecedented changes in consumer behavior lie ahead
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The convergence of economic, demographic and technological forces will bring about unprecedented changes in consumer behavior, according to a new report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL), "Consumer 2020: Reading the Signs." The report draws together insights into economic and demographic trends, considerations of finite resources and sustainability and the ever-more dramatic impact of technology on our daily lives. More

Climate change to continue to year 3000 in best case scenarios
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New research indicates the impact of rising CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere will cause unstoppable effects to the climate for at least the next 1000 years, causing researchers to estimate a collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet by the year 3000, and an eventual rise in the global sea level of at least four meters. More

Global aging and the crisis of the 2020s
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Cullen Roche writes, "From the fall of the Roman and the Mayan empires to the Black Death to the colonization of the New World and the youth-driven revolutions of the twentieth century, demographic trends have played a decisive role in many of the great invasions, political upheavals, migrations and environmental catastrophes of history. By the 2020s, an ominous new conjuncture of demographic trends may once again threaten widespread disruption. I am, of course, talking about global aging, which is likely to have a profound effect on economic growth, living standards and the shape of the world order." More

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Retrofuturism revisited: The past imagines the future
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Here are six charming visions for the future, from the past — a delightful exercise in retrofuturism that embodies humanity's chronic blend of boundless imagination, solipsistic foolishness and hopeless optimism. More


Manhattan's museums up their digital presence in 2011
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Many of Manhattan's biggest museums seem to have made the same New Year's resolution: To use the Web and social media more often to connect with visitors and expand their audiences. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim Museum all signed on to using Twitter and Facebook as part of their publicity over the past few years, but this year, the institutions have begun to increase their online presence, from live-streaming exhibits to offering by-invitation-only meetups for their Twitter followers. More

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Innovative agreement between Italy and China
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The recent cultural agreement between Italy and China, apart from its bilateral importance, has far reaching significance for cultural policymakers and heritage enthusiasts worldwide. This first of its kind agreement allows China to have museum space in Rome and Italy likewise in Beijing. This is a radical departure from the usual agreements which make provision for travelling exhibitions or loaning select cultural objects for a fixed period of time. Over the long term, free circulation of museum objects has the potential to reduce trafficking in antiquities, the third most pervasive criminal activity in the world. More

One year on: Success for virtual museum on migration
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The aim of the virtual museum "Lebenswege" in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, which is celebrating its first anniversary, has been to present in an up-to-date fashion the history and culture of migration to the state. The museum has, in the meantime, 14,000 users of its online services ... with international interest mirrored in the statistics: Clicks have been registered from users in 65 countries. More

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From the street, into a museum
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"Extensions," an ongoing exhibit at the Lopez Memorial Museum (LMM) in the Philippines, proves that the 50-year-old institution hasn't atrophied. By allowing artists to litter its floors with dirt and decorate its walls with spray-painted graffiti and photographs of tattooed heads, LMM seems to be flipping off Alan Watts, the oft-quoted philosopher who said that "museums are places where art goes to die." More

Tools for the Future

11 free resources about creativity
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Marketing guru Chris Brogan offers a curated list of resources — and then urges readers to pay it forward: "The other creative thing, I should mention, is that this took me [time to compile]. The tools we have at our disposal today allow us to curate useful information for our communities, which saves time, and adds another potential layer of value. What's your take? What values are you adding to your community by helping them curate and find the good stuff?" More

Future of mobile tagging: Scan-triggered updates
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Mobile tags are being used to quickly capture up-to-date status information, whether from personal items or from public transportation. Tags with information that can be updated without changing the physical design are being used to quickly relay changes, often including a layer of information about location. More

An executive summary of complexity theory
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Futurists are in the business of providing a structured vision of the future that includes variables, dynamics, processes, themes and values by which the future will unfold and how we can be successful getting there in our journey along the way.
And one tool they use is complexity theory.

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