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When Robots Learn to be Creative, What Happens to Informal Learning

The proliferation of AI, particularly Large-Language Models, has rapidly emerged as a transformative force in formal education. This presentation explores the factors driving the increasing …

Sharing Authority with Indigenous Peoples

Museums are in the early stages of repairing their relationships with Indigenous communities, learning how to undo some of the harm resulting from traditional museum practices. In this …

Effective Strategies for Strengthening Americans’ Democratic Attitudes

American democracy is under a significant threat from a concerning number of partisans who tolerate anti-democratic practices endorsed by political elites and/or harboring strong hostility …

Trend Alert: Combating the Loneliness Crisis in Museums

This article originally appeared in Museum magazine’s January/February 2024 issue, a benefit of AAM membership. In May 2023, Dr. Vivek Murthy released Our Epidemic of Loneliness and …

Dropping the Degree for Museum Work

This article originally appeared in Museum magazine’s January/February 2024 issue, a benefit of AAM membership. Sixty percent of Americans may find their job search stalling when they hit a …

Digital Twins and Doom Loops

This article originally appeared in Museum magazine’s January/February 2024 issue, a benefit of AAM membership. A brief guide to terms that may be popping up in your news feeds. Digital …

Welcome to TrendsWatch

Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world. — Lauren Bacall This article originally appeared in Museum magazine’s January/February 2024 issue, a …

Decarbonizing the Future

Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people to give them hope, but … I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. … I want you to …

AI Adolescence

Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. —Stephen Hawking This article …

Culture Wars 2.0

The net effect of loud, sensational clamor is to mute more quiet and temperate voices. —James Davison Hunter, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America This article originally appeared …

ISO Stories about the Future of Voluntary Repatriation, Restitution, and Reparations 

From the digital desk of Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President, Strategic Foresight and Founding Director, Center for the Future of Museums: Museum people are natural storytellers, attuned to …

Releasing TrendsWatch into the Wild

Heads up! The 2023 edition of CFM’s annual forecasting report is now available as a free PDF download. TrendsWatch: Building the Post-pandemic World explores how museums can emerge from the …
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Museum Philanthropy & Fundraising Tipsheet

Category: Financial Sustainability
This tipsheet summarizes the transcript of a webinar presented by Charles Katzenmeyer, Eowyn Bates, Amy Burt, Shannon Joern, and Ginevra Ranney. It was developed with the help of ChatGPT. …

Speaking the Audience’s Language: A Q&A with James Heaton

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At some point in the pandemic, I was working on a project, and I needed a museum-based definition of a term relating to audience development and museum work. I started by flipping through a …

Striving for Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing

Category: Alliance Blog
In just a few months, a quarter of the twenty-first century will be behind us. Much has changed in museums over that time. Some of that change has been brought on by technology and new ways …

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