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What's the secret to building blog readership? We share our tips and review our top 10 posts ever this week on the CFM Blog.
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  Research: The Post-Recession Traveler

In the wake of recession, travel consumers are back on the road. But they are wiser, seek greater value, and are more sensitive to pain points than ever before. PGAV Destinations’ latest research compares recent findings to pre-recession studies to track key shifts in consumer behavior in the post-recession era. MORE
 


Trends


US college student demographics in 2012
Marketing Charts
After growing by 3.2 million between 2006 and 2011, the number of Americans enrolled in college (undergraduate and graduate) fell by almost half-a-million last year to 19.9 million, or 6.7 percent of the population aged 3 and up, according to recent figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The data tables contain some interesting demographic statistics on college students.
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The Broad's hard-hat tour — and why museum admission will be free
Los Angeles Times
The in-progress museum known as the Broad opened its virtual "doors" recently for a hard-hat tour of the Grand Avenue construction site. The event's big takeaway was Broad's announcement that admission to the museum will be free. "We want the broadest possible audience," Broad said. "And we found that museums throughout the world who offer free admission will get twice to three times the attendance you otherwise would. How will this affect MOCA, which charges $12 per visit (except on Thursday nights, when it's free) and is directly across the street? ♦ This isn't so much a trend, as one volley in a ping pong match as museums across the country experiment with going free, and free museums try instituting an admissions fee.
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What happens when you infuse philanthropy with tech entrepreneurial spirit?
The Huffington Post
Steve and Jean Case are finding success with their foundation by doing things a little differently from the rest of the philanthropy world. High-tech iconoclasts Steve and Jean Case embody the evolving role of technology entrepreneurs in philanthropy. They are bringing the same sensibility they brought to creating AOL to their current investments in people and ideas that can change the world. Partnerships, often between divergent groups and across sectors, are at the core of their philanthropic approach. ♦ Most stories on the new tech philanthropists explore on their desire for measurable results. The Cases focus on creating a "tapestry of alliances."
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Projections


Rupert Murdoch, Android tablets and the science fiction future of education
VentureBeat
Amplify, a 650-person Brooklyn startup headed by the former chancellor of the New York city school system and funded by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., envisions a future where childhood education is centered on tablets that teach children through fun games and interactive lessons.
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A somber look at suburbia's future
Chicago Tribune
Is the suburb you're living in a future slum? Should you shove a for-sale sign into your front yard, pack your bags and light out for some lively urban neighborhood before it's too late? Leigh Gallagher doesn't know the answer to those questions, but she certainly doesn't have an optimistic vision of the future of America's post-bubble bedroom communities. Gallagher, an assistant managing editor at Fortune magazine, believes there's a passel of evidence pointing to a growing societal preference for cities over suburbs.
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Festivals and pop-up futures
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Attendees at a festival this year in Manchester, England were flung into a nightmare near future scenario. Private conversations and words whispered to friends were recorded by artists, and published forever online for anyone to access and analyze. The artwork posed a deep question about the Internet and our life online: What does it mean for our personal data to be available in the online domain?
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20 forecasts for 2013-2025
World Future Society
This is just a free preview of a more detailed report from the World Future Society, which promises that "you'll discover many ... trends and forecasts that are likely to affect virtually all aspects of your life in the years immediately ahead." The projections range from the rise of technologies (3-D printing, electric cars, robots) to social and economic changes (green housing, new approaches to corporate management) to geopolitical upheavals.
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Museum Innovations


What if museums were run like successful companies?
Tronvig Group
Consultant James Heaton challenges museums to think like businesses: "As a business, if you are not marketing and innovating, you will be eliminated from the marketplace. This happens all the time. More than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 companies from 1955 no longer exist. Maybe this sounds like an entirely different world from yours. I'd suggest that it is not. True, you do not need profits for shareholders, and you are not in a no-holds-barred, cut-throat competition with others who do the same thing as you, but you ARE in competition."
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The squatters who are saving Italy's cultural treasures
New Republic
Built in 1727, and located up a narrow street halfway between the ancient Forum and the Pantheon, Teatro Valle is the oldest theatre in Rome. It has long been known for promoting innovative work — but now the building itself is home to a bold social experiment. In June 2011, after Rome's city council threatened to close the theatre, actors and employees occupied it in protest. "... there are things that cannot be managed by the public or the private ... when the state cannot manage them properly, I the citizen should have the right to run it." ♦ A different kind of "occupy" movement — trying to create legal protection for "common properties" to protect them from being monetized in times of fiscal crisis.
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Ginnie Graham: Study shows students benefit big from arts-related field trips
Tulsa World
In a groundbreaking research project, field trips were found to enhance critical thinking skills, encourage tolerance and lead to more historical empathy and taste for the arts, weeks after visiting the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. The study is being called the most rigorous and largest examination on the effect of school tours to an art museum. ♦ Research such as this is critical to making the case for broad public and government support for museums.
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Tools for the Future


Disney creates 'magic' whispering device
World Leisure Jobs & News
Disney has developed a device capable of transmitting sound through the human body, which could lead to the development of revolutionary ways for attractions to interact with their visitors.
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Meet your future memory aid: The Internet
Salon
There's about to be a lot more data. As video-equipped wearable computers such as Google Glass enter the market, theoretically, we can record almost everything we experience. Apps like Memoir, designer Lee Hoffman envisions, could one day play it back to us on command, leaving us only to fill in the feelings. By augmenting human memory, we will also, inevitably, change it.
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