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Two takes on the outlook for giving in 2012
Center for the Future of Museums    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Is the philanthropic glass half-full or half-empty? (Or did the glass just get smaller?) This week on the CFM Blog, guest blogger Carl Hamm suggests there are strategic advantages to being an optimist when it comes to interpreting the data on giving.



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America's generosity divide
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The nation's generosity divide is vast, according to a new Chronicle of Philanthropy study that charts giving patterns in every state, city and ZIP code. Among the key findings: The rich aren't the most generous; red states are more generous than blue states; and tax incentives matter. More

Boomer women give more to charity
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Women of the baby boom and older generations give more to charity than their male counterparts and are more likely to give, when education, income and other factors affecting giving are equal, a new study from the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University finds. More


Art of the Family Vacation


This national research project explores the interests and behaviors of families traveling with children. What do they seek? How do they plan? Why do they go? Key findings include a segmentation of families with children of different ages and genders. Learn More.


Report: Charity overhead should be 23 percent, but most spend much more
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The difference between what nonprofits should spend and what they actually do spend is about 14 cents — at least in the mind of the average person. The average American believes that a charity should spend no more than 23 percent on overhead but that charities actually spend 36.9 cents on the dollar. ♦ This perception can be a problem for museums, which often have relatively high "overhead" costs (as defined, say, by charity rating organizations) thanks to staffing costs and the maintenance of facilities and collections. More

World Cities Culture Report explores 12 of the world's 'most important cities'
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Culture is a tricky thing to pin down, especially when there are countless cities around the globe that are known for their vibrant cultures. But, the Mayor of London has taken a stab at it with the World Cities Culture Report 2012 which measures culture using 60 indicators, like number of national museums, number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, number of comedy clubs, number of markets and number of rare and secondhand bookshops, that assess "the supply of and demand for culture." More


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The future of manual labor: No people, just robots?
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Innovation can sometimes raise uncomfortable prospects. Take, for instance, innovations in robots that will allow them to do many jobs that humans have long been doing in fields such as manufacturing and distribution. A new wave of highly skilled robots is already starting to replace workers around the world. More

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What will TV look like in 80 years?
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The first BBC public television service was established 80 years ago using the system developed by John Logie Baird. So what will TV look like in 80 years from now? Mike Ryan, the founder of Fusion Futures and self-named digital futurist, predicts the collapse of channels and personalized TV and the advent of social TV which he describes as the viewer becoming the scheduler and the person who will choose when and how to watch programs. More

The future is unevenly distributed
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One of the big questions of futurism is what kind of world we want to live in tomorrow. But as attendees at a recent conference on futurism discovered, "tomorrow" is relative. People in Egypt look at the future very differently than people in Canada do. This was a heated topic of discussion at the recently concluded WorldFuture 2012 Conference held in Toronto. ♦ Readers outside of the U.S.: Let us know if our parochial view applies as well to the future of museums in your country! More

Innovation


Opinion: Arts managers should emulate Detroit museum
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The Detroit Institute of Arts' success in persuading regional voters to back a slight tax hike to support the strapped museum offers important lessons for leaders of other financially shaky arts institutions, says a Wall Street Journal critic. Terry Teachout contrasts the Detroit museum's approach to that of other culture groups, which he says continue to rely on outdated revenue models or have simply slashed spending rather than explore innovative ways to operate in a changed economic world. More

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History to be run by private company
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The City Council recently approved a two-year private management agreement for the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History. The agreement requires the company to bring in the same amount of revenue the city historically has through rentals and museum tickets. Additional revenue first would go toward facility improvements that meet city approval. More

Museum is literally spitting out burned exhibits
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For his latest exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, Berlin-born artist Aram Bartholl has installed a DVD burner into the side of the museum itself. The slot-loading device is practically invisible to the ignorant eye—identifiable only by the thin slit cut into the building's brick facade, through which blank DVDs may be popped in and burned with Bartholl's work. Part of the art is finding this secret spot to begin with! ♦ Fostering an "insider experience" outside the walls of the museum may be the most innovative aspect of this. More

Denver Art Museum turns its space over to the people
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Democracy is a great idea for government, but dangerous territory for museums. For the people? That's the point. But by the people? One hopes not. In that way, the Denver Art Museum has stuck out its neck in unexpected ways this summer, turning over a sizable chunk of space to the people of Denver. More

Boston Museum of Science incorporates unique accessibility experiment
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The Boston Museum of Science is taking a unique approach to enable its exhibits to become more accessible to people with special learning needs. In an exclusive interview, Anna Lindgren-Streicher, Project Manager, Research & Evaluation, spoke about the path the museum has taken over more than 25 years to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the museum. More

Internet for those who won't get off their asses
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A Galilean version of Colonial Williamsburg is taking the leap from the 1st Century to the 21st Century. The northern town of Hoshaya is planning on installing WiFi Internet access on the donkeys it uses as part of its Talmudic-era amusement village, Kfar Kedem [Village of Yore] in order to let visitors upload photos and send emails about their experience in real time. More

Tools for the Future


'Tipping point' technologies that will unlock long-awaited technology scenarios
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Big data, 3-D printing, activity streams, Internet TV, Near Field Communication payment, cloud computing and media tablets are some of the fastest-moving technologies identified in Gartner Inc.'s 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. More

New tech could mean 3-D movies with no glasses
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Watching 3-D movies generally means suffering through two things: Crappy plotlines that favor spectacle over substance and the need to wear some annoying, dorky glasses. Scientists may have solved one of these frustrations. (You might be able to guess which.)
We expect to see more 3-D visual technology in museums.
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Are sound waves the future of mobile marketing?
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Imagine the luxury of walking into a coffee shop and receiving a personalized drink deal on your smartphone or tablet upon entry. Or, receiving an automated mobile thank-you note for watching a film, exactly an hour after leaving the theater. Sonic technology can be integrated into in-store radio broadcasts, TV shows, movies, sporting events or live concerts. The triggering sound, imperceptible to human ears, can also play from discreetly placed devices. More

Roving DIY lab lets kids test out ideas with cutting-edge tools
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Aiming to step up the creative possibilities for kids across the U.S., SparkTruck is a roving DIY lab equipped with high-end design and rapid prototyping equipment. Launched in June, SparkTruck bills itself as "an educational build-mobile" that has spent the summer traveling across the U.S. with "cool 21st-century shop tools, spreading the fun of hands-on learning and encouraging kids to find their inner maker." More
 

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