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Pinky reports on the future of museums
Center for the Future of Museums    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From our friends at the Pinky Show, a "Future Museum Report: Some notes on our time-travel expeditions, 2028-2098." Their summary: "Q: Why are Pinky & friends so interested in the future of museums that they'd be willing to risk their lives to time-travel? A: Two reasons! 1) Because institutions reflect and reproduce the dominant values and narratives of its host society; AND 2) Because, among the institutions in society that most powerfully shape our understanding of past, present, & future, museums (in comparison to schools, corporate media, etc.) enjoy the least critical examination from the general public. That's why!"

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Does the Web remember too much — or too little?
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Blogger Scott Rosenburg tackles the premise that "information once posted to the Web is permanent and indelible. But it's highly debatable. In the near future, we are, I'd argue, far more likely to find ourselves trying to cope with the opposite problem: The Web 'forgets' far too easily." More

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Graduates are turning to nonprofits
Lansing State Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether it's the most dismal job market in decades or an outgrowth of what has been dubbed the "compassion boom," some graduates are turning to nonprofit and charity work this summer to find purpose and a paycheck. More

Lawmakers seeking cuts look at nonprofit salaries
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State and federal officials are starting to take their knives to the pay of leaders of nonprofit groups they do business with to help share the pain of tighter budgets. More

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.

AP-Univision poll: College dreams for Hispanics
The Associated Press via Google News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than 10 years have passed since she gave up her pursuit of a degree in computer science, but Yajahira Deaza still has regrets. She says she feels incomplete. She now works in customer service for a major New York bank, and her experience reflects the findings of an Associated Press-Univision poll that examined the attitudes of Latino adults toward higher education. Despite strong belief in the value of a college diploma, Hispanics more often than not fall short of that goal. More


Our aging world
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According to the United Nations, the elderly population of the world is growing at its fastest rate ever. By 2050, there will be more than 2 billion people aged 60 or over. The age of a country's population can reveal insights about that country's history, and can provide a glimpse towards the economic and health care trends that will challenge their societies in the future. Explore the visualization at this site to learn more about how the populations of eight countries will grow and change over time. More

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Does the nation's culture need federal protection?
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According to Bill Ivey, former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, American culture is being taken over by powerful private forces and, as a result, fenced off from public use. To remedy this state of affairs, Ivey has an ambitious proposition: Create what he calls a "cultural EPA." His vision is not a European-style culture ministry, but a federal agency that would make sure no one gained too much control over the nation's cultural assets. More

The future of museum funding in Britain?
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The Culture Secretary in the United Kingdom has proposed abolishing the country's Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as well as the Advisory Council on Libraries. "This is part of the Government's drive to cut costs and increase transparency, accountability and efficiency." More

Sussing out patterns in American history
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American history has witnessed several major upheavals, and it seems in the midst of another contentious period. But authors William Strauss and Neil Howe in their books Generations and The Fourth Turning suggest that throughout the 500-year span of Anglo-American history, a more or less predictable cycle has played out, a cycle in which generational types are in a certain stage of life at any given time. ♦ A good introduction to current thinking about generational change. More

Three predictions about generation Z
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Increasingly, pre-teens of today are becoming more savvy and in tune with behaviors and preferences normally reserved for teens. So what is this generation — chronologically called by the name "Generation Z" — going to look like? Here are three predictions. More

9 sensational sci-fi ideas that came true
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Want to predict the future? Maybe you should head to the movies or crack open a book. Before technology can be tested in a lab, it has to be hatched in someone's brain. And, often, those brains don't belong to scientists and product developers, but to imaginative science fiction writers and movie makers. Sometimes it's deliberate and sometimes it's not, but science fiction writers and scientists have long mirrored each others' work. More


Opinion: Smithsonian should rethink building another museum
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In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, a writer questions whether it is prudent for the Smithsonian Institution to introduce another ethnic museum — a National Museum of the American Latino — given that Americans are becoming increasingly multicultural. Philip Kennicott says that the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian has seen its attendance steadily decline and wonders whether it is practical for the Smithsonian to build another museum to compete for limited resources. ♦ The story in the Post cites CFM research on demographic change and the future of museums. More

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"Pacific Standard Time" grows bigger
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When the many-headed exhibition extravaganza "Pacific Standard Time" opens in October 2011, some 40 Southern California museums and nonprofit galleries will offer shows focusing in one manner or another on the origins of the art scene here, from 1945 to 1980. More

Holocaust museum program named for slain guard
raises teens' consciousness

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Nearly 30 million people have visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum since it opened in 1993, but for many students who live within a few miles, the institution and the history it commemorates remain poorly understood. But a youth leadership program named for slain guard Stephen Tyrone Johns brings teenage Jews, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists into the same classrooms. "We've got students from parts of the world where people don't believe the Holocaust happened," said Lynn Williams, the museum's director of community partnerships. More

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The world's slowest SMS billboard created
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Thai artist Wit Pimkanchanapong took the "instant" out of instant messaging with his latest project — an interactive artwork called "The World's Slowest SMS Billboard." The enormous billboard was positioned on the façade of the Singapore Art Museum as part of the Night Festival, an annual outdoor arts event held after sunset. Passersby could send a regular text message, with a maximum of 60 characters, to a dedicated number and a literate crack team of around 10 people spent approximately 20 minutes maneuvering the giant letters to spell out said message. More

3 great green art museums
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A building with wings, the first LEED Gold certified art museum, and a city's entire museum system goes green: Milwaukee Art Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum. More

Slave museum tours the northeast
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Until now, the Modern-Day Slavery Museum's biggest problem was that it was confined to central Florida. Housed in a 24-square foot tomato-box truck designed to memorialize the experience of twelve immigrant migrant workers held captive in the same type of truck between 2005 and 2007, the museum is now embarking on a tour of the Northeast, stopping in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston, among many other places. More

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'Hauntology': Berkeley Art Museum show
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The term "Hauntology" may trigger thoughts of spooks and ghosts, but it actually stems from more philosophical roots. But that's not to say the newest Berkeley Art Museum exhibition isn't haunting. A mix of artworks crossing various genres create an intimate exhibition that, as curators explain, "evokes uncertainty, mystery, inexpressible fears, and unsatisfied longing." More

Creative Discovery Museum has nation's only
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National leaders in science and technology will gather in Chattanooga, Tenn., to attend workshops at Creative Discovery Museum, the only institution in the United States that has implemented a model biofuels curriculum for elementary age students. Representatives from five nationally-recognized museums, as well as six regional organizations in Tennessee and Georgia, will participate in workshops, from Aug. 10-13, to learn best practices for teaching alternative forms of energy to young children. More

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Temple? School? Try nightclub: The soul of a new museum
The New York Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Three million people visited the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in the year ending last month, a new record in its 81-year history. It was a year that opened with "Tim Burton," which, despite some critics' derision, set a precedent for huge crowds and became the third most visited MoMA exhibition ever. It ended with "Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present," which could be called a cult experience if not for its rabid success. More

Tools for the Future

UK government releases reports cultural engagement
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The CASE programme, a project of Britain's Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has released a series of reports on the drivers, impacts and value of engagement in culture and sport. The project was designed to synthesize existing research on what drives engagement in culture and sport, marshal the evidence on the impacts of engagement, and develop and deploy new ways of generating economic values for engagement. It was designed to new tools that will add value to future policy and research. More

How to spot trends for business innovation
BNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The best entrepreneurs and leaders don't look inside, they look out. They notice the world around them, identifying changes — in particular, problems that no one is solving. Change, as every entrepreneur knows, signals opportunity. Pay attention to some of the changes around you, and you'll find a rich source of new business ideas. More

Invisible people
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Education guru Stephen Downes writes, "One of the things about informal learning is that we begin learning some 'unofficial' things. Like, for example, from this site, Invisible People, which documents the invisible people, the homeless, and the stories of how they got there." More

Why fund raisers should pay attention to a donor's art collection
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The philanthropist Ronald Lauder once said there are three categories of art: "Oh," "Oh my," and "Oh my God." He only collects the latter. And that's the "OMG" prospect researchers should pay attention to, says Linlin Chen, a research analyst at the University of Chicago, in a presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement. More

Futurist 40 years later: Possibilities, not predictions
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Forty years ago, America was gripped by Future Shock. It was a book, published in July of 1970 — but it was also an idea. It was the notion that life was changing faster and faster — in everything from technology to family structure to politics. People were moving more, throwing away their belongings sooner and having to adapt more often to new kinds of work. More

Google, CIA invest in 'future' of Web monitoring
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The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the Web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future. The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine "goes beyond search" by "looking at the 'invisible links' between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities and events." More

Rise of the helpful machines
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The world's most sophisticated robots don't assemble trucks or cruise around Mars. They're designed to support our surging population of elderly and disabled citizens. Meet 10 of the most promising senior-friendly 'bots. More

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