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Managing the MoMA MOOC
Center for the Future of Museums
Some large chunk of the future of learning is going to live online. The Museum of Modern Art in New York, N.Y., took a brave leap into this rapidly accelerating segment of education, partnering with Coursera to offer one of the first Massive Open Online Courses to be created and delivered by museum educators. MoMA's Lisa Mazzola shares lessons learned from this experiment, this week on the CFM Blog. Also on the blog, part 2 of Fostering Innovation asks "Who are the museum innovators?"
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  PLAYTIME Unveils HD/3D Video Game Console, Expands Play from "Toddlers to Tween-Agers"

PLAYTIME, the global leader in soft playground equipment, unveiled “PlayTouch,” a video game console, expanding its clients’ ability to attract families. “Family-friendly businesses that want to stand out hire PLAYTIME to create powerful play experiences.” (More)


The sharing economy meets the Internet of Things
Noise over what has been called Collaborative Consumption — and elsewhere The Sharing Economy — has been increasing in volume for some months now. Diverse businesses aren't necessarily united in a single cause to drive the sharing economy, but they are all trying to make use of what some economies, particularly in the West, excel at producing: surplus. It's an acknowledgment that there are physical items we own that we don't actually need, which are eminently transferable — for a certain period of time — to others, with the market more or less dictating price.
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US foundation giving reaches an estimated $50.9 billion in 2012
Foundation Center
Even through a period of unpredictability in the national and global economic and political environment, domestic foundation giving has continued to grow at a moderate pace. According to "Key Facts on U.S. Foundations," the Foundation Center's new annual research study, in 2011 the country's 81,777 foundations held $622 billion in assets and distributed $49 billion, an amount estimated to have reached $50.9 billion in 2012. The outlook for 2013 is for continued modest growth overall. "Key Facts on U.S. Foundations" is accessible at no charge at the Gain Knowledge area of the Foundation Center's website.
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  America's Destinations Leading STEM

The US trails many other nations in producing enough STEM talent to fill our innovation-fueled future. PGAV Destinations’ latest research investigates our society to uncover potential sources of this deficit, and offers evidence that America’s destinations may be the best incubators for STEM inspiration and cultivation. MORE

The attendance slide: A call-to-action
Museum Audience Insight
Recently, the National Endowment for the Arts released the latest round of the "Survey for Public Participation in the Arts," one of the most important pieces of research to come out this year. For museums, declines in attendance — a trend that goes back decades — have only continued, confirming what we've been seeing in our analysis over the past few years. Museums are losing attendance on both measures of audience share and size. At this point, continuing with the status quo is the riskiest choice, as it pretty much guarantees accelerating decline and, ultimately, obsolescence. The underlying challenges are simply too strong for most to defy gravity and continue as is.
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Where is wearable tech headed?
Imagine a small adhesive strip that can collect intimate biological data and tell your smartphone that you need to apply sunscreen or hydrate. How about a sensor for service dogs that enables them to transmit "verbal" commands to their handlers? Around the world, researchers are working behind the scenes and around the clock on jaw-dropping applications for wearable technology, driving innovation into areas that were considered science fiction just a few years ago.
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Can the hipsters save High Point?
Yes Weekly
The political, philanthropic and business leadership of Greensboro, N.C., has hired renowned architect and urban planner Andres Duany to assist High Point, N.C., in efforts to salvage its urban core as a humane place for people to congregate, eat and shop. One of the approaches Duany has endorses is Tactical Urbanism — a series of interventions that involve some kind of radical intervention by citizens to change the urban landscape or reclaim a public space from automobiles without requesting or receiving official approval. Duany proposes using shipping containers as temporary structures to incubate ideas: How about trying out some mini-museums?
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The role of social entrepreneurship in sustainable business
Triple Pundit
Mission-driven business enterprises operate in a realm that has come to be known as "social entrepreneurship," a term widely credited to Bill Drayton, founder of the social venture philanthropy, Ashoka. What makes social entrepreneurship distinct from business entrepreneurship is its unwavering focus on the social/environmental mission. For-profit social enterprises put mission before profits, typically using their excess revenues as a means of scaling the reach of their mission. Nonprofits are increasingly finding that they cannot rely on philanthropy to sustain themselves, much less grow.
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Sharing economy's rapid growth raises thorny but vital questions
The Guardian
The notion of a sharing economy has moved from obscurity just a few years ago to the economic cover story of 2013. Standout successes — such as vacation-rental site Airbnb, ridesharing apps Lyft and Sidecar, online-teaching site Skillshare, errand-outsourcing site TaskRabbit and custom-tour-guide marketplace Vayable — have helped drive a wave of interest from developers, entrepreneurs, investors and media. Meanwhile, the growth of community gardens, food coops, babysitting coops and housing coops has highlighted the central role of local communities and the social sector. But as the sharing economy grows and evolves, it also raises thorny questions for communities around the world.
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The price of creating a connected future
Future generations will live in a world more connected in almost every way. Every major technological step forward has profoundly changed human society — that's how we know they're major, even if we don't always realize it at the time. Farming created cities. Writing, followed eventually by printing, vastly increased the preservation and transmission of cultural information across time and space. Now we stand at the beginning of the greatest synergy yet between human beings and their innovations — the reinvention of Homo sapiens from the inside out by our own science.
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The end of poverty, soon
The New York Times
Today, more and more people are dreaming of a world free of poverty. In April, the Development Committee of the World Bank set the goal of ending extreme poverty by the year 2030. More recently, the United Nations General Assembly working group on global goals concluded that "eradicating poverty in a generation is an ambitious but feasible goal." Are these errant dreams as the world barrels toward more confusion, conflict and climate change, or is there something substantial in the recent wave of high-level interest in the idea?
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The future of the suburbs
Science Daily
Few living environments are more universally maligned than the suburbs. The suburbs stand accused of being boring, homogeneous, inefficient, car-oriented and sterile. Some critics even argue that the suburbs make people fat. While criticisms mount, however, a large proportion of the world's population continues to live in the suburban fringes of growing cities. What factors will affect the future of the suburbs? What changes do planners need to accommodate in planning the next generation of urban growth? In the latest issue of Planning Theory & Practice, Arthur Nelson describes a resettlement movement to fringe areas that he believes will replicate the urbanity of town centers.
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Why 'thought diversity' is the future of the workplace
Business Insider
The future of workplace diversity is here, and it's not what you think. In fact, it's how you think. While we've long known that gender, race and cultural diversity create better organizations, the newest workplace frontier is all about our minds. According to a recent study by consulting and professional services company Deloitte, cultivating "diversity of thought" at your business can boost innovation and creative problem-solving. Diversity of thought, or "thought diversity" is still an emerging field, but the authors expect it to grow, since new neurological technologies that assess how people think are beginning to hit the marketplace.
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Museum Innovations

Parasite exhibition pops up at a dry cleaner's
Pop Up City
A few weeks ago I came across a rather peculiar invitation to a fashion exhibit in Amsterdam — an exhibition of Dutch artist and fashion designer Elisa van Joolen, that took place inside an ordinary dry cleaner's shop. The idea of a parasite exhibition that's embedded into another urban function is thoroughly inspiring. The concept vaguely reminds of Aram Bartholl's Speed Show, an event that transforms a random Internet café into a hyper-temporary net art gallery.
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In Venice, a new perfume museum
The New York Times
Italy will have a new perfume museum on Nov. 1, when the Palazzo Mocenigo reopens after a 10-month renovation. Perfume is being added to the museum's focus to highlight the city's role in the origins of the industry. The new perfume galleries — four rooms and an educational area — will include a display that allows visitors to smell ingredients, a collection of more than 2,500 flasks that date to 2000 B.C. from the German perfume company Drom, and works like "Notandissimi Secreti de l'Arte Profumatoria," a 1555 Venetian publication thought to be the first manual in the West that scientifically cataloged cosmetic formulas. The Natural History Museum nearby also is creating a garden of plants used in making perfumes, to complement the new galleries.
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Harvard Art Museums launch Index Magazine
The Harvard Art Museums announce the launch of the digital magazine Index, which provides a dynamic and interactive space for readers to discover a broad range of content and media produced by staff at the Harvard Art Museums and from arts-related venues around the world. Found at, the digital magazine supplements the printed edition of the magazine with new content posted each weekday. Index includes multimedia components that put viewers behind the scenes at the museums and also provides regular updates during the final stages of the museums' renovation and expansion project in Cambridge.
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Hammer Museum to help revitalize Westwood with artisanal pop-ups
UCLA Today
The UCLA Hammer Museum recently announced Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood — an initiative aimed at trying to help revitalize Westwood Village by tapping into Los Angeles' creative community by having local artisans and craftspeople open pop-up shops this November. Fourteen projects, which include a maker of environmentally friendly skateboards, a variety of furniture, clothing and accessories designers and a letterpress print shop, have been selected to fill some of the empty storefronts throughout the struggling retail area. The Hammer's will use its network of local talent and expertise in arts and culture to curate the pop-up village.
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VIDEO: Kabakov 'Ship Of Tolerance' docks at Dumbo Arts Festival
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov had a mission to connect young people of different cultures and continents through the language of art when they started "The Ship Of Tolerance" in 2005. They envisioned a ship of sails drawn with poignant messages of tolerance by children from local public schools around the globe. Since its debut, the prominent Russian artists have set sail with their conceptual ship, making stops in Egypt, Venice, to their latest stop, the Dumbo Arts Festival on the Brooklyn waterfront in New York.
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Tools for the Future

The sound of invention
The New York Times
At the David Lynch-designed Silencio club in Paris, the designer Iris van Herpen staged a happening in which the models, wearing fabrics like translucent Japanese silk or handcrafted 3-D silicone, almost entirely in black, created their own "music." "Embossed sound," said the designer to describe the process of audio waves being activated electronically by touch.
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