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Building a better fishing pole
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This week on the CFM blog: How technology-focused organizations can help the museum community as a whole. A look at museums creating and sharing tools, such as open source software to manage social media and digital content. Features the Balboa Park Online Collaborative.

Exercise and Science Headlines

Survey: Nonprofits optimistic heading into 2012
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Despite global economic uncertainty, nonprofit leaders around the world report a growing sense of optimism regarding increases in staffing and earned and charitable income in 2012, a new survey by fundraising software provider Blackbaud finds. The report also found that while nonprofits around the world said that managing relationships with supporters, recruiting new donors and reporting their accomplishments are critical to growth, most indicated they thought they were not doing enough. 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


The Generation X Report: Survey paints
a surprisingly positive portrait

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They've been stereotyped as a bunch of insecure, angst-ridden underachievers. But most members of Generation X are leading active, balanced and happy lives, according to a long-term University of Michigan survey. "They are not bowling alone," said political scientist Jon Miller, author of The Generation X Report. "They are active in their communities, mainly satisfied with their jobs and able to balance work, family and leisure." More

The global population will reach 7 billion this month; here are 7 things you didn't know
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On Oct. 31 the world's population will reach seven billion. To commemorate (or perhaps caution against?) the event, the United Nations Population Fund unveiled a new public website called 7 Billion Actions that gives the UN, local governments, economists and NGOs access to data predicting population growth over time. (One prediction: By 2040, nearly 1 in 4 people will be over age 60.) More

Personal digital learning is changing the world
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About a decade ago, the launch of Wikipedia was symbolic of an important threshold in human history — anyone with a broadband connection could learn almost anything for free or cheap. This year inexpensive tablet computers and free resources like Khan Academy are extending the learning revolution. The teachers and students that grew up as digital natives are bringing new tools to school. More

Why we create monsters
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Monsters that scare us — vampires, zombies, witches — help us cope with what we dread most in life. Fear of the monstrous has brought communities and cultures together over the centuries and serves us as well today as it did in the Dark Ages.
Happy Halloween from CFM.


How mobile is transforming the travel industry
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A new industry report, "The always-connected traveler: How mobile will transform the future of air travel," identifies changing traveler attitudes to airline mobile services while highlighting the specific, emerging mobile technologies that will revolutionize each stage of the travel experience in the future. These travel trends will impact the way travelers interact with the airline industry, as well as travel and tourism generally. ♦ Includes a general overview of the state of mobile technologies and a look ahead to "the advanced functionality that is set to entirely change the traveler journey as we know it, over the next three to five years." These trends will affect museums as well. More

What will turn us on in 2030?
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Will it be solar power? Nuclear power? Biofuels from algae? At a Future Tense event, energy experts took their best shot at prognosticating where our energy will come from in 2030. Though the participants came from a variety of backgrounds — academia, the auto industry, clean-tech startups, science journalism — everyone agreed on one thing: Our energy sources two decades from now won't be too different from today. More

The tablet revolution and what it means for the future of news
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Eleven percent of adults now own a tablet computer. About half get news on it everyday, and three in ten spend more time consuming news than they did before. But contrary to what some in the news industry hoped, a majority say they are not willing to pay for news content on the devices, according to the most detailed study to date of tablet users and their news consumption habits. ♦ Museums are also experimenting with tablet computers. More


Community garden: A museum of living art
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On Tuesday, IMLS announced its 2011 National Medal awards. Among the 10 recipients was the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. In recent years, its gardening experts have been actively educating children and adults about the interdependence of plants and humans. As the economy tanked three years ago, the gardeners decided on a more practical course: Planting a large vegetable garden that generates about 10,000 pounds of fresh produce annually for the city's food banks. It occupies about a fifth of an acre, and although it's not one of the garden's attractions, visitors can view it if they want. More

Chicago landmark voted nation's best restroom
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The finest restrooms in America are inside The Field Museum in Chicago. So says the Internet public who cast online ballots in the 10th annual "America's Best Restroom" contest presented by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation. "The Field Museum is honored to receive this award," says The Field Museum's Vice President of Finance, Jim Croft, who oversaw the redesign of the bathroom. "Host to over 1.3 million visitors each year, the museum strives to give visitors the best service and exhibitions; we also feel this about the amenities and we are pleased to offer our guests these unique restrooms." More

Strangers sleep together for $108 at New York museum
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A first-hand account from Bloomberg's Philip Boroff: A sought-after seat Saturday night was on the floor of New York's Rubin Museum of Art, where some 80 of us gathered with sleeping bags and air mattresses for the 13-hour, sold-out "Dream-over." For $108 each, prospective dreamers were assigned an artwork, which we pondered from a few feet away while sitting and, theoretically, sleeping. (The seven-year-old Rubin is dedicated to art of the Himalayas.) The next morning we discussed our dreams with each other and with psychology and psychoanalysis graduate students ("Dream Gatherers"). More

The Smithsonian and New-York Historical Society race to preserve Occupy Wall Street's art and artifacts
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The Occupy Wall Street protests are already making for a historical movement — and museums aren't about to let that moment slip away from them. Major historical institutions including the New-York Historical Society and the Smithsonian Museum of American History have been sending representatives to the protests to collect ephemera for preservation, assembling the building blocks for future exhibitions on the movement's impact. More

'It's About Disruption': Tate Modern Director Chris Dercon on the art institution of the future
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Dercon says that "We really have to start considering a museum like a mass medium, but we still don't know how it really functions, what are the rules and the laws. The reason why BMW is working with us, or Volkswagen with MoMA, is because you want to get to know the questions, the demands and the insecurities of your clients, of your users. One of the things we figured out is that we have many users who are not here, but out there." More

What we talk about when we talk about buildings
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Next week Tel Aviv joins the long list of cities around the world with art museums in contemporary, state-of-the-art buildings. What began with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain in the late 1990s began a mushrooming global trend of investing in the architecture of cultural institutions. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art celebrates its opening with "New Angle, International Symposium on Contemporary Museum Architecture." More

Tools for the Future

Arts 2.0: The power to give
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The Arts and Science Council of Charlotte has introduced Power2Give — a new online giving/crowdsourced fundraising vehicle. P2G is a robust fundraising tool that has grown out of the experience of such online funding mechanisms as Kickstarter. It is a website that "allows anyone to easily give a gift to the organizations and projects they are most passionate about. The site provides the option to give to an arts organization's specific project or to buy gift cards in support of local arts organizations." More

Children utilize gaming platform to tackle humanitarian challenges
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KooDooZ is a social network that empowers children to tackle humanitarian challenges, gain service credit and earn both rewards and recognition for their efforts. Users select from a list of social challenges and identify actionable steps they can take to affect change in a given time frame. The platform tracks evidence that the task is complete by requiring participants to upload videos, podcasts, images or documents detailing their challenge results. Each challenge is associated with a badge, allowing users to generate public profile pages which are visible to friends and family and can be used to invest in the social entrepreneur. More

The next pirates
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Blogger Locke Hilderbrand reflects on the opportunities (and pitfalls) represented by cheap and ubiquitous 3-D printers: "When you have the capabilities to steal music, you do so, right? So what happens when you have blueprints to action figures, jewelry, watch faceplates, decorations and so on? With a 3-D printer you now have the capabilities to mimic any of these. An entire new realm of digital piracy could appear, one that creates actual physical objects." ♦ Futurist/sci-fi writer Cory Doctorow explores the clash between 3-D printers and intellectual property rights in his novel "Makers." More

PopTech: 5 fascinating people you've never heard of
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There are no rock stars at PopTech, no household names. But this annual conference in coastal Maine is a hub for super-smart people, a chance to get a look into ideas and technologies that soon will change the world. Here's a quick look at five of them, chosen from many. You can see the full list of PopTech presenters and fellows on the group's website. More

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