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Museums as Keepers of the Future

Watch this keynote speech from Elizabeth Merritt at the Museoalan Teemapäivät Museum Theme Days seminar in Helsinki City Theatre, Helsinki, Finland. In this presentation, Ms. Merritt talks …

Three New Scenarios for Financial Survival in 2020

  Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Center for the Future …

Using Scenarios to Plan Your Museum’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

  Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Center for the Future …

Day 3: A Visit from the Authorities

This is the third installment of a “diary of the future” I wrote a decade ago, exploring what the world might be like in 2019. My story takes place in a scenario created by the Institute …

We, the Aged, Are an Integral Part of the Community

In April, while on a visit to New Zealand, I convened seven highly-respected Kiwi colleagues in Wellington to discuss creative aging. I asked two questions of the participants: How might …

Futurist Friday: Fractional Art

Here’s William Gibson, writing in 1986, offering an off-hand glimpse of art collecting in the year 2042: “He led her across the room and through a doorway. A graying, heavyset Frenchman in …

Introducing our 2019 CFM Foresight Scholar

I’m pleased to announce that our inaugural foresight scholarship has been awarded to Terrance Hunter, program manager at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. …

Museums and AI: Can You See the Future?

How is AI going to impact the future of museum work? How can museum professionals prepare for future technologies? What will be the next breakthroughs in AI technology for museums? This …

Futuring in New Orleans: Registration Now Open!

I’ll be giving a workshop at the AAM annual meeting in New Orleans where I’ll share some foresight activities you can use to enliven your own institutional planning. The workshop will run …

Wild Times: In which social service nonprofits save the day.

Introduction to This Scenario A wild card scenario explores the kind of low-probability, high-impact event that can disrupt the best-laid plans. Though you shouldn’t obsess about these …

The Future is Climate

Until we perfect my AI-powered digital avatar, I rely on an informal network of correspondents to cover critical events taking place around the globe. In today’s guest post, Sarah W. Sutton …

A New Equilibrium: Making the best of a world that’s a lot like today, only more so.

Introduction to This Scenario “A New Equilibrium” describes a future that might result from existing limits and challenges as they play out in coming decades. Using mainstream projections …
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CARE-apy: Psychological Science and the Visitor Experience

Category: On-Demand Programs: Audience Research & Evaluation
When visitors leave a museum, in what ways are they different than when they walked in? What intellectual connections did visitors make with the ideas and artifacts with which they …

Changing Expectations, Changing Experiences: Cultural Audiences in the Post‐pandemic World

Category: On-Demand Programs: Engaging Audiences
This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Audience attitudes towards culture—including basic assumptions about what constitutes a cultural …

60 Ideas in 60 Minutes: Be the Change You Wish to See

Category: On-Demand Programs: Financial Sustainability
This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Museum professionals must understand fundraising to create and sustain value for their communities. Using …

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