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A look back at Feeding the Spirit
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CFM Council member David Curry reports on last week's symposium in Pittsburgh, Feeding the Spirit: Museums, Food & Community. Stay tuned for videos of the thought leaders; a webcast of the 2011 CFM Lecture by Jessica Harris, "Serve It Up Proudly! Some Food for Thought on The Intersections of Food Studies and Museums"; and a discussion guide, "The Feeding the Spirit Cookbook." Meanwhile, check out this video of the SmartSteps exhibit at the Heinz History Center, which premiered during the symposium. Museum stairwells are becoming happening places.

Exercise and Science Headlines

Fewer school field trips, less cash for attractions
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There's a reason Johnny visits fewer local farms and museums these days. Society has been underwriting fewer class trips. Educators say Johnny stands to lose out on personal enrichment, especially in the wake of deep public education funding cuts this year in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania state capital. The attractions, meanwhile, stand to lose money. More

Consumers unsure about sharing personal data
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US and Canadian consumers display high degree of uncertainty about sharing their personal data with companies, according to an October 2011 survey from LoyaltyOne. Almost nine in 10 (88 percent) consumers say they feel companies are primarily collecting personal information for their own benefit, and 85 percent are often concerned about how much of their personal information is held by others. 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


Crisis in the cloud: How the tech bubble stifles innovation and hampers cloud's adoption
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The start of 2011 marked the moment that "innovation" arrived as the buzzword on lips of everyone from the president of the Consumer Electronics Association to the president of the United States. Invoked in totemic tones in one speech after another, business leaders have stressed "innovation" (often in contrast to "regulation") as the cure for the world's economic and cultural ills. ♦ Museums, too, are called upon to be more innovative. CFM is trying to help with Innovation Lab. More

5 Myths: Separating facts, fiction about social media
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Social media scholar Ramesh Srinivasan writes, "The ever-expanding universe of social-media technologies — including video-sharing, mobile phones and networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter that allow individuals to share and connect — is as ubiquitous as it is misunderstood. Apostles hail its power to oust dictators and bring us together; skeptics worry that it homogenizes our thinking and trivializes our relationships. Let's separate fact from fiction." ♦ Also see The State of Social Media 2011 from Fast Company. More


Are digital media labs the libraries of the future?
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As electronic books and other digital media become more popular, libraries are going through an identity crisis. Their role as repositories of bound books is uncertain in the long-term future, and nobody knows what the next iteration looks like. YOUmedia, a two-year-old teen learning experiment that incorporates digital media into a wider educational experience, could be a model for what neighborhood libraries across the country might become. More

'Disruptive forces' face nonprofits
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With a bigger share of America's population reaching old age and growing more diverse, social-service organizations [and museums!] are in for some big changes in the not-too-distant future. Adding to the challenge: The turbulence in government and private financing. For the past six months, the Alliance for Children and Families — a membership group for human-service charities — has interviewed nonprofit leaders, gathered focus groups, and conducted surveys to identify the emerging trends organizations must embrace to succeed. More

The participation culture: What I learned from the Man (Burning Man)
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A former president of the Themed Entertainment Association (think amusement parks) draws lessons for the future from the Burning Man festival: "For designers and producers in the Experience industry, it's part of the brief to explore the intersection of the culture of today and tomorrow, and the future of entertainment. ... Burning Man today stands as one of the prime examples of the online Participation Culture that feeds into the real world." More


A peek into the future: Slums as innovation hotbeds
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To enter the new exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt museum, titled "Design with the Other 90%: Cities," it's necessary to go through an unusually strict security screening. That's because the show, which addresses how urban slums can serve as innovation hotbeds, is located in an unusual setting for a Cooper-Hewitt exhibition: The United Nations. More

Seeing/Knowing explores bond between art and data
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At Kenyon College, the Graham Gund Gallery's inaugural exhibition, Seeing/Knowing, opening Oct. 29, will explore the interaction of data and informatics in art making as well as the emerging trend of the visualization of information through the work of 16 of the world's leading contemporary artists. More

App uses gaming to promote and sell museum-quality art
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If gaming can be used to promote healthy eating habits and public transport, then why not museum-quality art? That, indeed, is precisely the premise behind dabball, a free game from Oregon-based ecopop that allows players to purchase featured art directly from their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Users can not only browse the art digitally and buy museum-quality prints, they can also play dexterity games with more than 400 pieces of art. More

Taxidermy is making an unexpected comeback and in some of the strangest places
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It requires, perhaps, the poetic temperament and sensitive perceptions of an artist to appreciate the unusual atmosphere of a taxidermy lab, which may be one reason why taxidermy has been embraced, of late, by the world of visual art. ♦ Describes the taxidermy lab at the National Museum of Scotland and the work of several taxidermy-friendly UK artists. Meanwhile, scientists are using the stuffed animals in museums to track climate change. More

Saber, graffiti artist, fights to lift mural ban in LA
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Tension between LAPD and graffiti artists has worsened since Los Angeles museums began accepting street art and graffiti as legitimate art forms. The "Art In The Streets" exhibit at MOCA drew criticism from LAPD for indirectly encouraging vandalism and other illegal activity in the surrounding neighborhood. More

Tools for the Future

Digital badges: The new way to display your skills and achievements?
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DIY learners could soon have something to show for their acquired skills and achievements. A Digital Media and Learning competition called "Badges for Lifelong Learning" aims to make it easier for people to receive badges from online learning ventures as evidence of their new knowledge. The competition will bring together leading organizations, learning and assessment specialists, designers and technologists to create and test badge systems. The participants will contribute to an ecosystem where knowledge and achievements are recognized, displayed and managed online. ♦ Will this make it easier for museums to demonstrate their role in lifelong learning? More

Turn any surface into a touchscreen
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VideoBriefThis week, Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon researchers are unveiling OmniTouch, a system that turns any surface into a touchscreen. The user first creates a screen wherever he or she likes — such as a hand, arm, wall, table or pad of paper — and then, just like with any other touchscreen, uses fingers to navigate it. More

The challenge of designing for the small screen — and why it's worth it
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Advice from a firm that has designed mobile apps for the Met and other museums: "Let's not beat around the bush: Designing for the small screen is complex. There are a multitude of factors to consider, many of which sit on the shifting sands of technology trends and consumer tastes. This article doesn't try to posit the definitive 'answer' to making a great mobile experience. Rather, it explores some of the main challenges that developers face, and hopes to demonstrate why it's worth taking them on." More

Coworking for the bio-curious
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The latest step in the Maker movement: bioCurious, a 2400 square foot coworking lab, is now open for business in Silicon Valley. According to their blog, at bioCurious you can: "Make genetically-engineered bacteria, sequence DNA, find the tools to get your bio-project growing, or make friends with amateurs and experts in the community." More

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