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How to read the newspaper
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Introducing one of the futurist's most powerful tools: The daily newspaper. This week in the CFM blog. Plus, you can listen to CFM founding director Elizabeth Merritt talking about the future of museums on The Craig Fahle Show (WDET radio in Detroit).

Exercise and Science Headlines

Steve Jobs' legacy of innovation
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It may seem trite to observe that Jobs' innovations at Apple fundamentally altered the way in which millions of people listen to music, read books, watch movies — and, more importantly, create such media. Nevertheless, the observation is accurate. More

Future uncertain for Detroit Science Center and Children's Museum
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The closure of the Detroit Science Center last week came as a surprise to many Michigan residents. Both the Science Center and the Detroit Children's Museum will be closed temporarily from Sept. 26-Oct. 12 due to a financial deficit, according to Science Center officials. The temporary closing of the Science Center has strongly impacted Detroit residents and visitors. Approximately 100 employees were laid off during the closure period. Patrons of the Science Center were also disappointed. More

The Power of Animal Magnetism

A new national survey called “Releasing Wild Success” identifies important new findings about visitor motivations, desires, and behaviors related to animals in cultural attractions. MORE


Where have all the children gone, Britain's galleries wonder
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Britain's leading galleries are losing hundreds of thousands of child visitors every year, raising serious concerns about the artistic education of the nation's children. Said Dr. John Steers, general secretary of the National Society for Education in Art and Design, "It's a direct result of schools anticipating a likely curriculum change away from creative arts courses." ♦ U.S. museums have also suffered from curricular trends that focus narrowly on a few subjects and high-stakes testing. More

Household spending for out-of-home entertainment and restaurants seriously declined in 2010
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Adjusted for inflation, average household expenditures for all items and for both out-of-home entertainment and restaurants spending saw a greater percentage decline between 2009 and 2010 than during any of the earlier years since the recession's start. More

To charge or what to charge?
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The debate over museum entry fees was reignited following the news that both the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Museum of Modern Art in New York — already the country's most expensive museums to visit — were both raising their general entry fees, from $20 to $25. The Art Newspaper surveyed 30 of the nation's leading museums and discovered an ideological split, with some focusing on revenue generation and others stressing the museum's role as a community — and free — resource. More

Falling birth, marriage rates linked to global economic slowdown
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Trends in marriage and fertility pose long-term risks to the financial and fiscal health of the world's wealthiest nations — from China and Japan to Germany and the United States — and are implicated in the recent global economic slowdown, according to a new report. "The Sustainable Demographic Dividend: What Do Marriage & Fertility Have To Do With the Economy?" was released by the Social Trends Institute. More


The uncertain future of the English language
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Parlez vous "Globish"? If English is your only language, you're probably doing okay now. But you might not be prepared for the future. More

Why we need bilingual classrooms in schools
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Hispanics represent the fastest growing segment of the American population. Still, they continue to have the lowest high school and college graduation rates. According to a White House report published in April, only 13 percent of this minority group have a degree. And as President Obama put it last year, "If we allow these trends to continue, it won't just be one community that falls behind — we will all fall behind together." ♦ Do we also need more bilingual exhibits in museums? More

Dense space spurs lifestyle changes
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Tech blogger Dale Blasingame reports from the SXSW Eco Conference: "I'll be honest. I didn't expect to come to a conference on sustainability and hear the solution to the world's problems is to get everyone to cram into tight spaces in big cities. But then I heard Alex Steffen's keynote and it all made sense. Steffen is an author and futurist (which is probably the coolest job title around). He is a firm believer in density. Growing cities that are denser are able to bring things together in one place. The more dense places get, the less energy people use. Lifestyles begin to change. They start to walk more. They ride a bike or take public transportation. They rely on deliveries instead of going to the mall. Less trips mean less energy." More

The future of higher education
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David L. Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, gave a presentation recently titled, "A Report from the Eastern Front: Higher Education in the Midst of Challenge and Change." The preface of his presentation explains how both of these things, which may very well lead to a potential change of power in Washington, have affected and will continue to affect higher education. More


Rethinking curating: Art after new media
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Review of a new book that sets out "to convince us that new media art offers the art world the opportunity to completely re-position curatorial practice. New media art comes with challenges, idiosyncrasies, but also with a propensity to collaborate and share, to look for alternative curatorial spaces, to mix disciplines, media and knowledge." More

Science and technology education: Delivering optics exhibits beyond a museum's walls
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Many science museums do a magnificent job of presenting attention-grabbing scientific concepts to the visiting public of all ages. But how can these organizations reach students and adults who are unable to travel to the museum? Innovative organizations, such as the Rochester Museum & Science Center in Rochester, N.Y., are leading the way in using new methods for delivering programs and exhibits to audiences who are far beyond their museum's walls. Through video conferencing and hands-on optics activities, students experience a virtual field trip as they explore the museum's exhibits and learning. More

An ailing Asian Art Museum adopts a new attitude
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After 45 years of presenting mostly ancient art in understated settings, the San Francisco museum, which teetered on the brink of bankruptcy less than a year ago, is now determined to "stand out by being bold," said Jay Xu, who became director three years ago and is the creative force behind the new direction. The museum now welcomes contemporary art into its galleries. More

World's most beautiful museums
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The travel experts say "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the museums we've selected fit different definitions of the term. They aren't confined to major cities, but will inspire you to consider destinations that may not be on your radar and to make a museum a part of your next trip." ♦ Not necessarily innovative museums, but indeed beautiful. More

Tools for the Future

Visiting the museum? There's an app for that
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Technological leaps are rapidly making possible remote access not only to images and texts about collections, but also to audio and video guides and even to conversations with museum professionals and fellow museum lovers through social media. The consensus among experts is that the field is still in the R&D phase, testing strategies and new technologies to learn which approaches will best serve museums' missions. More

QRPedia: Wikipedia makes visiting museums more fun
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Wikipedia is looking to tap into the rising popularity of Quick Response codes. The free encyclopedia recently introduced QRPedia, a QR code creation service that lets users snap a picture of a QR code and be automatically directed to a linked mobile Wikipedia entry. More

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