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Unschooling, museums and learning models
for this century

Center for the Future of Museums    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One trend highlighted in TrendsWatch 2012 is America's jittery progress towards a new educational era. Is "unschooling" the future of education? Join a conversation with museum educator and emerging museum professional Shauna Edson on the CFM Blog.

Exercise and Science Headlines

A decade of outcome-oriented philanthropy
Stanford Social Innovation Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Paul Brest, the outgoing president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, reflects on the growing importance of strategic philanthropy during the past decade and its prospects for the future. ♦ Useful information for any museum that relies on foundation support, especially if you are struggling to define outcome metrics. More

The Power of Animal Magnetism

A new national survey called “Releasing Wild Success” identifies important new findings about visitor motivations, desires, and behaviors related to animals in cultural attractions. MORE


Jobs few, graduates flock to unpaid internships
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Confronting the worst job market in decades, many college graduates who expected to land paid jobs are turning to unpaid internships to try to get a foot in an employer's door. While unpaid post-college internships have long existed in the film and nonprofit worlds, they recently have spread to fashion houses, book and magazine publishers, marketing companies, public relations firms, art galleries, talent agencies — even to some law firms. More


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Just-in-time information through mobile connections
Pew Research Center    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The rapid adoption of cellphones and, especially, the spread of Internet-connected smartphones are changing people's communications with others and their relationships with information. Users' ability to access data immediately through apps and Web browsers and through contact with their social networks is creating a new culture of real-time information seekers and problem solvers. More


Seeing museums in 2060
The Learning Planet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bridget McKenzie argues that "when we think about museums in the future, we should not project by what we would like to see or by what is happening now. We should especially try to avoid what we normally do, which is to combine both our ideals and current trends. We also tend to extrapolate mainly from exciting trends in consumer technology. We should instead project from rigorous thinking based on multiple scenarios." ♦ An excellent example of how futurists use scenarios and think about contexts. More

[i]cell technology is hands off

[i]cells offer a “no touch” interface for an intuitive, user friendly interactive that engages with self directed control, allowing a non-linear exploration of content for a sense of discovery. [i]cell technology is available in: [i]connect Kiosks; [i]connect Displays; Artifact Displays and Custom Displays.
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The pink-collar future
Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Futurist Jamais Cascio says, "The claim that robots are taking our jobs has become so commonplace of late that it's a bit of a cliche. Nonetheless, it has a strong element of truth to it. Not only are machines taking 'blue-collar' factory jobs ... but now mechanized/digital systems are quickly working their way up the employment value chain. ... Stories of digital lawyers and surgeons simply accelerate the perception that robots really are taking over the workplace, and online education systems like the Khan Academy demonstrate how readily university-level learning can be conducted without direct human contact." More

Intel futurist discusses data's secret life, 'ghost of computing'
Scientific American via CNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2010 Brian David Johnson became Intel Corp.'s first futurist, a time-honored title bestowed on prognosticating technology mavens dating back to the likes of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Equal parts seer and evangelist, Johnson helps map out the future of technology and then guides his company toward that destination, whether it is five years or even a decade away. More


Public art library opens: El Paso Museum of Art hosts research, reference books
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A tucked-away collection of art books now is a full-fledged research and reference library that is open to the public. Recently, the El Paso Museum of Art in Texasand its partner, the El Paso Public Library system, officially dedicated what city officials are calling the first public library in the country devoted to the visual arts. More

SFMOMA is first museum to release year-in-review annual report as iPad app
ArtDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
SFMOMA long has been known for its innovative uses of interactive media, and now it becomes the first museum to offer its annual report in the form of an app. Incorporating multimedia content to create a visually compelling and intellectually engaging experience, the app is an ideal technological match for the museum's dynamic programs. More

New MiniMax MR16 track fixtures.

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Hands-on consciousness
Exploratorium Explainers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In May, the Exploratorium in San Francisco is hosting a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns who are science leaders in their home monasteries and convents in India. What they care most about is peace and happiness for all people. With this as the starting point, the Exploratorium Explainers are partnering with the monastics to co-facilitate their World of Your Senses exhibition, created as a part of the Science for Monks program. More

Guggenheim audio tour hack turns sculpture exhibit into pop culture tribute
PSFK    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Audio Tour Hack has created a fictional story line, "Artobots," as an alternative (and unofficial) audio guide to the Solomon R. Guggenheim's John Chamberlain exhibit, "Choices." The nonprofit commentary and art project was created as a way to gain appeal for the exhibit with a wider audience, re-imagining sculptures in Chamberlain's exhibit through the pop culture lens of "The Transformers." More

Tools for the Future

Cash machines set for charitable donations
BBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 12,000 cash machines in the U.K. are set to allow charitable donations from this summer, the government has announced. The banks will select eight charities from which people will be able to choose when they use a cash machine. People using a debit card will be able to donate between £1 and £250. The government has been looking at ways to make it easier for people to give small amounts to charity. "By making it possible to add donations at cash points we can make an even greater difference to other people's lives," said Nick Hurd, minister for civil society. More

Life-sized, 3-D hologram-like telepods may revolutionize videoconferencing
Queen's University (Ontario)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Queen's University researcher has created a Star Trek-like, human-scale 3-D videoconferencing pod that allows people in different locations to videoconference as if they are standing in front of each other. Two people simply stand in front of their own life-sized cylindrical pods and talk to 3-D hologram-like images of each other. Cameras capture and track 3-D video and convert it into life-sized images. More

The printable house
Reuters via ArchDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Danish architects are constructing an entire house in just four weeks, using only their computers and a computer numerical control machine. Made entirely out of wood, the printed house demonstrates a sustainable, quick and affordable alternative to conventional building that minimizes waste and simplifies the buildings process. Many argue this way of building is the future of construction. More

Disney's new 'Touché' technology turns world into touch screen
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pittsburgh-based Disney Research recently demonstrated its new "Touché" technology that can sense hand gestures on the human body and everyday objects. It could make all extant user interfaces effectively obsolete, turning the human body into the ultimate remote. More

Pride and prejudice: (What) can nonprofits learn from the for-profit world?
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Arts-sector entrepreneur Richard Dare discusses "some fundamental steps nonprofits might take if they are to follow their financially more perspicacious siblings in the for-profit sector toward a brighter financial future." These include operating side businesses (from gift shops to high-rise condo towers), new partnerships and "[making] new money from your core business." More

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