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Americans want self-respect, more than ever
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Americans want self-respect, and that desire has risen significantly in the last two decades, say marketing researchers at the University of Oregon. Meanwhile, the needs for both security and a sense of belonging have declined in the last 30 years. More

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Volunteerism increases at highest rate in 6 years
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The number of Americans who volunteer grew last year at the fastest rate in six years, according to a new report, defying the popular notion that hard economic times suppress civic participation. The report, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service, says that 63.4 million adult Americans — nearly 27 percent of the population — volunteered to help charitable causes last year. More

Admissions dip at largest Pittsburgh museums
Pittsburgh Business Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Admissions at some of Pittsburgh's largest museums dropped dramatically in 2009 over the previous year. All told, nine of the 25 largest Pittsburgh-area museums reported a drop in admissions compared to 2008. That's contradictory to a national study by AAM, which found that 57 percent reported an increase in 2009 attendance. More

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Senior Chinese leader stresses protection of cultural heritage
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Li Changchun, a senior leader of the Communist Party of China, stressed the importance of protecting the nation's cultural heritage at the fifth National Heritage Day. More government funding should go to public museums, historical site preservation projects and heritage exhibition programs, and more museums, memorials and exhibition halls should open free to the public, Li said. More

A lament for the humanities
Chronicle of Higher Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Higher education blogger Michael Ruse writes, "I spent this last week with a younger colleague in Washington, running a course on museums for our graduate students. On Monday we went to the Natural History Museum and on Tuesday to the Air and Space Museum. On Wednesday we went to the National Gallery of Art. The contrast between the first two days and the third could not have been more pronounced." ♦ Discusses the size of the crowds as a reflection of the relative attention Americans pay to science and the humanities. More

Recession has thinned ranks of San Diego arts community
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders put a positive spin on the recent report card on local arts and culture — "The future looks bright," he said — but the assessment shows that the recession has hit the creativity community hard. More

The typical modern mother: There isn't one
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Today's mothers of newborns are more likely than their counterparts two decades earlier to be ages 35 and older, to have some college education, to be unmarried or to be nonwhite — but not all at once. More


New jobs forecast predicts millions of workers
at risk of being left behind

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A new, highly detailed forecast shows that as the economy struggles to recover, and jobs slowly return, there will be a growing disconnect between the types of jobs employers need to fill and numbers of Americans who have the education and training to fill those jobs. The report, "Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018," by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, forecasts that by 2018, 63 percent of all jobs will require at least some postsecondary education — and the report shows that we will fall short by three million workers without a dramatic change in course. More
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A day spent with a futurist
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Marcy Hindy Cady writes, "In our work we're often pushing cultural organizations and funders to confront demographic, technological and economic trends in their planning for their future. We ask people to consider pretty radical possibilities that might mean drastic changes in the way they currently think and operate. Sometimes we're not well liked for it. Last week I attended a visioning session held by the California Association of Museums at the American Association of Museums conference that made me think we're still not thinking nearly broadly or boldly enough." ♦ This session was co-sponsored by CFM. More

Forecasting the supply of doctors
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Few health care systems forecast their workforce demands accurately. Predicting the number of doctors who will be needed in ten years' time isn't enough; it's also necessary to figure out how many general practitioners, specialists, nurses, and allied health professionals will be required. ♦ A healthy reminder about the challenges in forecasting future trends. More

Most see cloud computing overtaking PCs
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A majority of technology experts and members of the general public believe cloud computing will mostly replace desktop computing by 2020, according to the recent "Future of the Internet" study from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center. More

5 reasons high-speed rail can boost business by 2035
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Want job growth, increased access, shorter commutes and real business savings in your region? The answer is clear: Start laying down track for high-speed rail. The economic impact of high-speed passenger rail in the U.S. is positive, according to a new report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, improving job creation, market access, connectivity, travel time savings and business sales. More

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A glimpse of a car-friendly urban future, courtesy of — no surprise — a car company
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The Audi Urban Future Award is a contest among six international architecture firms to envision futuristic cityscapes, circa 2030, with an emphasis on, ahem, personal transportation. "Audi is confident that there will be cars in the city of the future," the competition website declares. ♦ This comes from a report in Scientific American devoted to the future of cities. More


Switzerland welcomes world's first tree museum with open arms
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What in your opinion is the best place for all the precious things? A museum, of course! So, how about a museum for planet-saving trees; after all, they too are valuable. Chad Oppenheim and Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea have come up with a brilliant idea of world's first tree museum. Located in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, the beautiful dwelling for trees will function both as a museum and as the headquarters for Enea's firm. More

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Museum uses Skype for environmental awareness
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The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on June 14, used Skype to educate visitors on the impact of plastic on the world's oceans during a 10 minute session in Fort Worth, Texas. The session was fed from environmentalist David de Rothschild's catamaran as he was sailing north of Samoa. More

Guggenheim to pick 20 YouTube videos for museum display
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In the newest installment of Prestigious Institutions Slumming It (remember when the Library of Congress acquired Twitter's archives?), the Guggenheim Museum has announced that a new exhibition will come from ... YouTube. More

Museums in Wales urged to appeal to the young
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Museums in Wales are being urged to look at new ways of attracting younger visitors to help them weather tough financial times. They are also being asked to recruit more volunteers, play a greater role in tourism and be more inclusive. The challenges are laid out in the Welsh Assembly Government's first ever museum strategy. More

Brooklyn Museum's populism hasn't lured crowds
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When it opened a new glass entrance in 2004 meant to beckon the masses, the Brooklyn Museum said it hoped to triple attendance in 10 years by concentrating on a local audience. It had stopped worrying about competing with Manhattan museums or about its image — despite its world-class collections — as a poor man's Metropolitan Museum of Art. ♦ Also see the CFM blog post about this. More

Opinion: Museums join forces in rough economic seas
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Nonprofit arts and cultural institutions have had to weather rough seas during the recession and its aftermath, and they have had to be creative to survive. Two of the state's institutions with similar missions have found that they would be better off together than on their own. With the merger of the Maine Maritime Museum and the Portland Harbor Museum this month, so will people who are interested in Maine's maritime history. More

Tools for the Future

Futurist portrait: Michio Kaku
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VideoBriefDr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, professor, futurist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. He's the co-founder of string field theory, a branch of string theory, and continues Einstein's search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory. Kaku believes that the very future of the human race is on the line. "We're at a precipice; we are experiencing the birth pangs of a 'Type 1 Civilization.' And there's no guarantee we'll make it." More

DVEIN on interactive video and the future of immersive experiences
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The yearly OFFF Festival is a gathering of disruptive artists who impact the way creative work is being done with digital technology. This year's OFFF will be held in Paris from June 24-26. As it approaches, PSFK will be talking with creators and designers for their insight on how digital artists are changing culture. The interview here is with DVEIN, a motion and interactive studio based in Barcelona, Spain. More

Attachable tablet adds digital data to cemetery headstones
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After eons of little change in the world of gravestones and memorials, we've begun to see new innovations popping with increasing regularity. RosettaStone is a palm-sized stone tablet with an embedded microchip and up to six engraved symbols that can be selected to represent key milestones or affiliations in the deceased's life. Online connections are enhancing countless objects in the offline world, but it's hard to imagine one with more potential to have a lasting emotional impact. ♦ Creepy for graveyards, but perhaps museums can adapt the technology for interactive exhibits/spaces. More

Knight Foundation announces winners of 2010 news challenge
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Twelve media innovation projects have been named the 2010 winners of the Knight News Challenge, a contest that funds ideas that use digital technology to inform specific geographic communities. The winners will receive $2.74 million. Among the winning ideas are two easy-to-use tool sets for journalists and bloggers to illustrate raw data visually — one of the most promising new areas of digital journalism. ♦ Museums may want to review whether any of these technologies can help them serve their own communities. More

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