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Psyched about Storytelling

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
AAM just announced the theme for our 2013 annual meeting in Baltimore, and it is (drumroll, please): Storytelling This is such a great theme, for many reasons. While people who work in, and …

From Theory to Practice: Applying Futures Studies

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
A guest post contributed by Joe Cavanaugh, museum director of the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. Joe was one of Elizabeth Merritt’s classmates in the …

Reinventing the Historic House Museum: MJT meets the Civil War

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Here is another brief brain jotting as I take a break from writing TrendsWatch 2015. I’ve been vastly enjoying blog postsand tweets from Frank Vagnone, author of the Anarchist Guide to …

Questioning Assumptions: The Ideal Employee:Volunteer Ratio

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Today’s thought experiment: what if, in the future, museums asked not “how many volunteers do we need” but rather “how can we structure our operations to engage as many volunteers as …

Artificial Intelligence The Rise Of The Intelligent Machine

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
  “Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a …

Reviewing staff policies and administrative concerns

Administrative Policies Museums should take steps now to revisit and update administrative policies and engage in clear and regular communication with staff in the process. Specific …

Museum Design 2034: Perpetual Beta

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
I blogged last week about how futurists write stories of the future based on trends we can observe now. This helps people explore what their lives, and their organizations, might look like …

Reviewing staff and administrative policies

Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: These resources have been taken out from behind the member paywall to make them free and accessible for all. The current crisis is taking a …

A Game for (Future) Good: FutureCoast

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
The first trend CFM tackled, with the help of futurist and games-designer Dr. Jane McGonigal, was the rise of “gaming for good” and the potential for games-design to make museum experiences …

Throwback Thursday: Revisiting the future workforce

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
This week’s Dispatches from the Future of Museums  features a story about a report from the Labor Department that shows the rate of volunteerism in the U.S,. is the lowest it has …

Strategizing Me: Make a Personal Career Plan

Category: Career Management
This article appeared in the March/April 2017 issue of Museum magazine.  Effective leaders create mission statements to shape their museum careers. The one thing that can be said …

I Have A Confession: I’m An Adult

Category: Visitor Experience
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2013 edition of Museum magazine. How can science museums welcome grown-ups? I don’t have children, but I like to go to science …

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