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Why explore the future of museums? Because museums can change the world
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Learn how the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum's Re-Thinking Soup program helps Chicagoans tackle important social issues. This is the first blog post in CFM's new series profiling museums that help their communities shape a brighter future. More

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Brits flock to free attractions
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Bargain-hunting Brits have been making good use of the nation's free attractions since the onset of the recession, with visitor numbers rising at a number of galleries and museums. According to figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, its members saw a 10.9 percent increase in attendee figures last year. Free attractions saw some of the most significant rises, with the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and the National Gallery seeing increases of 15 percent and 9 percent respectively. ♦ Similar results have been reported for U.S. museums. More

Museum visitation in tough economic times
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AAM recently released a report that, despite financial stress in our economy, museum attendance, overall, increased in 2009. This piqued our interest [at Reach Advisors], so we took a look at a separate set of survey data that we are analyzing right now from our recent research of over 40,000 museum-going households. In this study, we asked these Core Visitors to museums if the recent economic downturn had affected how often they visited museums More

The U.S. income gap    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Though the income gap in the United States has slowly decreased over the last few decades, there still remains a significant disparity in income between genders and across races, as shown in this graphic. More

Will the past last in the digital age?
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Never has the world historical and cultural record been more accessible — or more fragile. Once upon a time, news stories were entombed in newspaper "morgues" and rarely saw the dusty light of day. Now the news never dies. Millions of people can search the archives online — an amazing benefit unless, perhaps, you're someone who was actually in the news. On the flipside is the wholesale loss of content that can occur when an online journal or Web archive is sold or goes bankrupt, or the software needed to read it becomes obsolete. More

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Technology and young people: A roundup of study results
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Three new studies, out recently, weigh in on the effects — or lack of effects — of video or digital technology on society's youngest citizens. More

The new news landscape: Rise of the Internet
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In the digital era, news has become omnipresent. Americans access it in multiple formats on multiple platforms on myriad devices. The days of loyalty to a particular news organization on a particular piece of technology in a particular form are gone. The overwhelming majority of Americans, 92 percent, use multiple platforms to get news on a typical day, including national TV, local TV, the Internet, local newspapers, radio and national newspapers. Some 46 percent of Americans say they get news from four to six media platforms on a typical day. Just 7 percent get their news from a single media platform on a typical day. More

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That whole Internet thing's not going to work out
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In 1995, Clifford Stoll, an astronomer, author, and mad-scientist type, published a column in Newsweek with a doozy of a headline: "The Internet? Bah!" The piece was based on Stoll's book, "Silicon Snake Oil," in which he argued that we were all being taken for a ride by tech pundits who offered dreamy visions of a coming "information superhighway." "Baloney," Stoll wrote. "The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works." More


Surveys: Most N.Y., Washington charities plan to hire in 2010
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Despite tough times for charities, a trio of new surveys of charities in New York, New Jersey, and Washington shows that most plan to hire in the year ahead — and that the overwhelming majority plan to raise staff salaries in 2010 or at least hold them steady. More

Will a new bill to boost U.S. tourism help or hurt?
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The U.S. travel industry is hoping to get a face-lift with the help of a government bill that creates a national tourism board, funded in part by a new fee on foreign travelers, but some are questioning whether the measure will inadvertently hurt the tourism industry. President Obama in the coming days is expected to sign the "Travel Promotion Act," a bipartisan bill that passed the Senate by an overwhelming majority. The bill would impose a $10 fee on travelers who do not need to pay for a visa to enter the United States. That money, along with private sector funding, would be used to fund the non-profit "Corporation for Travel Promotion," an 11-member board that will develop ad campaigns to encourage tourism to the U.S. More

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Nonprofits: Sustainability depends on innovation
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A Florida Philanthropic Network study estimated that statewide, charitable donations were down $381 million in 2008. In a state survey, 35 percent of respondents said they gave less than in 2007; 41 percent gave the same amount. This year and next are also certain to be tough, with high unemployment and competition for public support from political campaigns in 2010 and 2011. One tactic many groups are taking is to increase the number of people giving small amounts. More

U.S. futurists see new China as opportunity, not threat
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How did China transform itself from a poor country to one of the largest economies in the world in just 30 years? To answer that question, American futurist John Naisbitt and his wife, Doris, established the Naisbitt China Institute in that country's Tianjin Province in 2006. ♦ The next AAM Annual Meeting (May 23-26 in Los Angeles) will include simultaneous translation into Chinese for selected sessions. More


Internet Scout Report reviews the Tate Channel
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The Tate Museums in England are experimenting with this Web channel as a method of presenting contextual information about artists and performers beyond what can be seen on the walls of the museum. Media presented through the channel includes "Videos," "Artist interviews," "Talks and symposia," "Work in focus," "Exhibitions," "Performance," and "Films by artists." Visitors can also select from playlists, such as "Editor's picks," "In the galleries," or "Artists' studios." It's all a good example of using the Web to re-shuffle and re-display content in multiple ways to appeal to multiple audiences. More

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Museum curators discuss cultural institutions and global citizenship
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Curators from three of the country's most prominent museums debated the role of cultural institutions in creating national and global citizens during the panel "Representing Americanness?: Museums, the Nation, and the Globe," held Feb. 16, at Harvard's Kennedy School. The speakers drew upon the historical importance and traditions of museums as one of the key institutions that shape societies and as a place of civic pride. But how museums define and exhibit the concept of "Americanness" is a tricky question. Although traditionally American art may have been represented by art made in the United States, the panelists all cited examples of how their museums are redefining and diversifying this label to include art made in other areas of the Americas, by Native Americans, by women, African-Americans and art influenced by other areas of the world. More

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How should New York City deal with rising sea levels? Five designers duke it out
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How should a low-lying city like New York deal with the rising sea levels associated with global warming? Regardless of your political stance on global warming, we can all agree that rising sea levels threaten the highly populated urban areas that line our nations' shores. Barry Bergdoll, head of the architecture and design department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, tasked five leading designers with devising a solution for that city, located on the edge of the northeastern United States, an area twice as susceptible to rising sea levels. More

Museums showcase green building with home exhibits
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Rooftop gardens, cisterns, windmills and recycled kitchen countertops are featured in green home exhibits at museums in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. More

Tools for the Future

Are you UpNext? Share your thoughts on the Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites you to help invent the future of museums and libraries through your participation in UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki. IMLS's first-ever wiki is a platform where individuals inside and outside of museums, libraries, and related fields can discuss, dissect, expand, and inform the issues outlined in the Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide. IMLS will use the knowledge shared in the wiki to help shape the agency's strategic plan, research directions, publications, convenings, and grant making. More

Will Second Life upgrade help virtual classrooms?
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Last week the makers of Second Life unveiled a new interface designed to make the virtual world more user-friendly, and some professors say it will help their educational experiments. The new interface, called Second Life Viewer 2, looks more like a Web browser. The designers say their goal was to make it easy to find the navigation controls, and to find other people and events in the virtual space. ♦ This may be a welcome change for museums as well, which have faced similar challenges in usability and accessibility. More

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Web apps vs. iPhone apps for museum content    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ted Forbes, Multimedia Producer for the Dallas Museum of Art, discusses the pros and cons of iPhone and Web-based apps: "For the smARTphone tours at the Dallas Museum of Art we very deliberately chose to go with a Web based app over an iPhone app. There are a variety of reasons that we've done this ... [starting with the fact that] iPhone apps only work on the iPhone ... [But] there are many institutions that have opted to build an iPhone app." More

The logic of the illogical: Homer Simpson for nonprofits Guide to Nonprofits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It would be so much easier if everyone acted rationally and in expected ways. But, as any fundraiser has discovered, people don't always act rationally or according to formula. Now, there is a marvelous, free ebook (only 22 pages long) that takes the principles of behavioral economics and applies them to the world of causes. "Homer Simpson for Nonprofits: The Truth about How People Really Think and What It Means for Promoting Your Cause" is written by the marvelous Katya Andresen, of Network for Good, along with Alia McKee and Mark Rovner of Sea Change Strategies. More


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