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The future of AAM is now
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After more than 100 years as the American Association of Museums, the organization is adapting and evolving to play a more central role in advancing the cause of museums. As the American Alliance of Museums, we are working to unite the country's museums from A to Z, art museums to zoos and everything in between, to make a broader impact. (The Center for the Future of Museums is still the Center for the Future of Museums.) More


Americans prefer to live for today than plan for tomorrow
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48 percent of Americans would rather "live for today" than "plan for tomorrow," according to September 2012 survey results from Ipsos. Americans skew above-average in this preference, 4 percent points higher than the 44 percent average among respondents from 25 markets worldwide. Within the U.S., women show a stronger preference for living for today than men (49 percent vs. 46 percent). More

Crowdfunding: A new way to get things done in government
Governing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the private sector, Kickstarter already has turned crowdfunding into a mainstream Internet mechanism for individuals to donate money in advance to help fund an idea or platform, getting a perk or product in return. applies it in the public realm. At a time when citizen trust in government is seemingly at a low ebb, crowdfunding reduces the chance that capital projects will be selected for purely political reasons. Those that attract public support go forward, while those that don't must rely on traditional government processes. 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.

Opinion: Paying taxes and giving to charity aren't the same thing
Chronicle of Philanthropy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scholar/activist Mark Rosenman argues that "some of the wealthiest Americans have started to contend that paying taxes and making charitable gifts are just about the same thing. Their failure to grasp the profound difference between the two presents a very real problem for nonprofit organizations and our democracy." More

Youth bowling participation declines less than for adults
White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Entertainment and experience expert Randy White looks at trends in bowling and concludes that "despite the attractiveness of virtual games, social media and the Internet to our youth, they still enjoy having the real world experience with their friends and family of rolling a ball to knock down bowling pins." More

What would Maslow say about apps?
The Kernel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Abraham Maslow, the twentieth-century psychologist and motivation theorist, gave us much to think about how and why we are motivated to do things. But what motivates the hordes of smartphone users to download and spend time with apps? More

Xicato® powered LED track luminaires

Coming this fall! At 2000 lumens Artima LED O and Artima LED W will pack the punch of a 100-watt HIR PAR-38 lamp. MORE
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Futurist: Millennials are 'generation screwed'
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The millennial generation suffers from a trifecta of problems — a poor job market, public debt and personal debt — that are making their lives worse than previous generations, futurist Joel Kotkin argues. "They've racked up that debt and they can't pay it because they can't get a job. That's a pretty good definition of getting screwed." More

A future of work
Scanning the Future    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dell and Intel asked some consultants to think about the future of technology work. This is a summary of the results. Among the projections (which probably apply to other sectors as well): More crowdsourcing, intergenerational tension and more reliance on employee-led innovation. More

The Strong™ Museum Increases Revenue by $35,000
The Strong suspected that most visitors in prior years have left rather than park in a garage and walk to the museum in the winter. JCA Answers Analytics supported Strong Museum’s hypothesis and played a crucial role in its decision to introduce an incredibly valuable and profitable shuttle service.
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Are self-driving cars the future of transportation?
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It's not quite the Jetsonian world of flying cars imagined by futurists in the '50s, but a new crop of motor vehicles is pushing transportation forward by giant leaps. California state legislature approved a bill recently that will allow autonomous vehicles, like Google's self-driving "robot car," to hit roads and highways in as little as two years. More

Museum Innovations

Apocalypse meow
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For some 12 millennia, humans have sought the company of domesticated cats. We feed them, shelter them and love them. In return, they jump headfirst into empty grocery bags. This ancient bargain lay at the heart of the Walker Art Center's first-ever Internet Cat Video Festival. Yes, the renowned modern art museum dedicated an entire evening to the public display of cats doing stupid stuff. Demand was evidently strong: After soliciting crowdsourced nominations, the museum received 10,000 submissions. More

Museum exhibit takes a new look at aging boomers
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Will you still be needed when you're 64? Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art supporters are posing that question and more as part of an upcoming innovative exhibit titled "When I'm 64." It explores the lives of the plus-60 population and there are a lot of them. In California alone, it is projected the population over the age of 65 will rise to 6.5 million by 2020. More

Denmark's Natural History Museum in Copenhagen has a walkable green roof
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Incorporated into the beautiful landscape of the city's botanical garden, the museum is partially sunken into the ground and topped with a walkable green roof that welcomes visitors to rest and enjoy the surrounding garden. In order to make it more accessible to the public, the architects decided to integrate the museum space within the landscape, rendering the collection partially visible from the exterior. More

Museum shows with moving parts
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In recent years dance has become a high-profile fixture in museums, galleries and international exhibitions. What at first seemed like a run-of-the-mill trend has developed into a thoughtful integration. In New York, visual arts curators are increasingly scouting contemporary theaters; museums are examining how to collect ephemeral work and strengthen their performance departments. And performance series are being incorporated into historical surveys. More

Tools for the Future

A no-tech ventilation system that changes with humidity
Fast Co.Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We spend billions of dollars a year making our homes and offices climate responsive, with details as simple as ceiling fans and as complex as motorized sun shades. Architects Steffen Reichert, Achim Menges and Boyan Mihaylov think there's a more intelligent way. ♦ The innovative system, now on display at the Pompidou Center in Paris, relies upon the natural property of wood to swell when it gets humid. More

Futurist's cheat sheet: Internet of Things
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Through the Internet, humans have connected the world. People are closer to each other than ever while still remaining apart. The next phase of the Internet will be about connecting things. The Internet of Things will be central to the infrastructure that we build. More

Twitter as you've never tasted it before
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Recently, a trio of students from the Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design in Denmark demonstrated their Tasty Tweets project, which scans the Twitter-sphere for references to specific fruits and then creates smoothies with the same proportion of fruit flavors (AKA "a gustatory representation of the initial data"). ♦ Frivolous? Sure — but it points the way to other new technologies that will transform data of all kinds into sensory experiences. More

10 strange uses for 3-D printing
SmartPlanet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From cloning yourself as a doll to printed guns to garments-on-demand. More

Dispatches from the Future of Museums
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