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What Museums Can Learn from Amanda Palmer

On the way to New Zealand in the spring of 2016, I started reading Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking. I thought of it as “me time” reading, and as such it was relegated to snippets of time …

Stone Soup

We’ve reached another milestone in the celebration of the Center for the Future of Museum’s first decade of work: the 10th anniversary of the CFM Blog. I think that the first …

Futurist Friday: Chatting about Art with IBM Watson

Museum chatbots are a bit of an obsession of mine right now, as is artificial intelligence, so finding a project that combines these two technologies made my week.  This story in AdWeek …

Wordless Wednesday: Micro Mollusk Museum

@TheMicroMuseums #PopUpMuseum #ScienceEdu Follow the link in the photo caption to the associated story. You can find more glimpses of the future (and links) on CFM’s Pinter…

Are Museums the Rightful Home for Confederate Monuments?

In a chapter titled “Capture the Flag: the struggle over representation and identity,” CFM’s TrendsWatch 2016 explored the growing pressure for museums to play a role in the detoxification …

Engaging the System: Museums Working in the Incarceration System

  Today’s preview of a session that will take place at #AAM2018 is contributed by Tramia Jackson, Program Associate, Methodology and Practice, International Coalition of Sites of …

Futurist Friday: urban delivery drones

This video from industrial design studio PriestmanGoode shows its vision for a fleet of urban delivery drones.  As the designers point out, this solution to the “last mile” of …

Tweetchat alert! Building on Museum 2040

I’m writing to invite you to contribute to our ongoing exploration of this future in a CFM tweetchat next Thursday, March 29, from 3 – 4 pm ET, hashtag #Museum2040. CFM’s most recent …

Made Any Great Mistakes Lately?

Today’s preview of a session at the upcoming AAM annual meeting is offered by Kathy Gustafson-Hilton, Creative Thinking Facilitator, Hands On! Studio. Made any mistakes lately? I know I …

Futurist Friday: Sea-Level Report Cards

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) launched a project to create “report cards” projecting sea-level rise in 32 US localities through the year 2050. They plan to …

Leading Forward: engaging with complex and controversial topics

I’m using the 10th anniversary of CFM, and the ninth year of this blog, as an occasion to revisit some of our most widely read posts. Today I’m re-posting an essay by Sean …

Community Curating: A Macro to Micro View

In the second post in our series previewing sessions at AAM2018, Michael Berlucchi (Community Engagement Manager, Chrysler Museum of Art), Sandra Bonnici (Associate Director of Education, …
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The Strong gives children in hospital robotic access to museum

Category: Accessibility
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The Mind Behind the Myth: Navigating visitor reactions at Kew Palace

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
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Looking Ahead: Embracing Sustainability and Resiliency for a Better Tomorrow

Category: Environmental Sustainability
The United Nations (UN) Climate Week provides a platform for organizations which include museums and cultural institutions to come together to discuss how an understanding on environmental …

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