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Black Swans at the AAM Annual Meeting?
Center for the Future of Museums    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Best-selling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb coined the term "Black Swan Event" to refer to high-impact, hard-to-predict, rare events that can profoundly affect the future. Come explore "The New Normal After a Black Swan Event" in a session led by Mary Case and Wendy Luke at the AAM Annual Meeting next month. And check out CFM's Guide to the Future to plan your own futurist track in Los Angeles. Advance registration deadline is April 16th!

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1 percent response — Mixed reactions
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Asked to state what race they are (black; white; Asian; some other race) and told they could choose as many categories as they wished, just 1 percent of Americans questioned in a Pew Research survey chose to identify with more than one category. However, later in the same survey, when respondents were asked explicitly if they consider themselves to be of mixed race, fully one-in-six (16 percent) said they did, including 20 percent of blacks, 8 percent of whites, and 37 percent of Hispanics. The fact that responses to racial identity questions vary widely depending on wording and context suggests that the old classification scheme may be losing some of its descriptive power in a country that is rapidly growing more racially and ethnically diverse. More

These days, who is not a 'knowledge worker?'
Smart Planet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Who, exactly, are the "knowledge workers" in an organization? Is it the market analyst mapping out profitability trends? The engineer in R&D? The CFO? What about an assembly-line worker who makes suggestions for improving processes? Or a loading dock worker who is better able to streamline the flow of goods? Or a receptionist who makes on-the-spot decisions about prioritizing visitors? So, it sounds like everyone, doesn't it? More

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Report examines millennial donors' giving, engagement habits
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Although members of the millennial generation are often associated with texting, Facebook, and other new communications technologies and platforms, donors in that age group put a high value on face-to-face communication when it comes to requests for their time or money. More

Estate tax law uncertainty affecting donations to museums
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"If people begin to get used to the idea of no or low inheritance taxes, it does take a tool out of my toolbox," said Houston Museum of Fine Arts director Peter Marzio. That tool is the lure of reducing an heir's tax liability with the deduction that a gift of money or artworks to the museum could provide. The current year is an anxious one for museums and all other nonprofit organizations and institutions around the country, since there is no inheritance tax for 2010 because Congress failed to pass legislation to reform the transfer tax system last year. More

No stimulus funds for zoos and they want to know why
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Seventy years ago, construction crews built monkey and alligator exhibits, a concession stand and a rock picnic shelter at the Fort Worth Zoo with what amounted to Depression-era stimulus money. But this time, the zoo, along with virtually every zoo and aquarium in the country, has been specifically and intentionally blocked from applying for any stimulus funding, an apparent political move that zoo leaders have yet to reverse despite months of Capitol Hill lobbying. More

Value of volunteer time up 60 cents in 2009
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Independent Sector has announced that the estimated value of a volunteer hour reached $20.85 in 2009, up 60 cents from 2008. The estimate is based on the average hourly wage (plus 12 percent, to allow for fringe benefits) of all non-management, non-agricultural workers, as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Charitable organizations most frequently use the estimate for recognition events or communications to calculate the amount of community support an organization receives from its volunteers. According to the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the value of volunteer services can also be used on financial statements — including statements used for internal and external purposes, grant proposals, and annual reports — if a volunteer is contributing a specialized skill to a nonprofit. More


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Talking about whose generation?
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Experts say there are now four different "generations" in the workplace at once, but "cohorts" may be a better term for these groups. More

14 cities of the future imagined through short narrative
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Designer/urbanist Dan Hill of City of Sound has compiled a series of short stories describing 14 cities of the future. Each draws upon elements of contemporary Australian cities, using narrative to imagine how technology will have changed social interactions, cultural institutions, and city infrastructures. More

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Tomorrow's news
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America's news executives are hesitant about many of the alternative funding ideas being discussed for journalism today and are overwhelmingly skeptical about the prospect of government financing, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. Many news executives, however, sense change for the better in their newsrooms despite cutbacks and declining revenue. Editors at newspaper-related companies praise the cultural shifts in their organizations, the younger, tech-savvy staff, and a growing sense of experimentation. But the leaders of America's newsrooms are nonetheless worried about the future. More

Canada 2031 — Toward unique diversity
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"India is people of one nation celebrating diversity. Canada will be a unique example of diversity — bringing the world together as a nation," says India-born Harinder S. Takhar, Ontario's Minister of Government Services, commenting on the Statistics Canada study. The 78-page study, titled "Projections of the diversity of the Canadian population 2006 to 2031," predicts that by 2031, "between 25 percent and 28 percent of the population could be foreign-born. This would surpass the proportion of 22 percent observed between 1911 and 1931, the highest during the twentieth century. About 55 percent of this population would be born in Asia." More

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California State University at Fresno, museum alliance debated
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As California State University at Fresno and the Fresno Art Museum consider forming an alliance, experts around the country say such partnerships can work if they strengthen both institutions. Since February, California State University, Fresno, has been researching the role it might play in the struggling museum's future — including the prospect of shifting the museum collection and its operations to the university. The study should be finished next month, officials say. Experts point to several examples across the country, including the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center and the University of California at Los Angeles, and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Wake Forest University in North Carolina. More

Museum hopes raffle fuels giving
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The Akron Art Museum in Ohio hopes to drive up revenue and interest by raffling a three-year lease for a luxury automobile. The fundraiser comes about a year after the art museum began closing on Tuesdays and made layoffs and other cuts in response to the recession. More

Museum displays frontier spirit despite cuts
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They have had their budget slashed like many other museums, but Executive Director of the Frontier Culture Museum (Staunton, Va.) John Avoli is handling the budget cuts with the same frontier spirit his museum represents. The museum plans to open several new attractions and exhibits this year in spite of a 15 percent reduction is state funding. "Although the budget reductions are coming from the state, we're still progressing. We're adding new exhibits," Avoli said. This year is not the first year the museum's budget has endured cuts. In fact, over the last several years they have had to reduce their staff of 70 by more than half to 31. According to Avoli, continuing to develop and progress in spite of cuts vital to the future of the museum. "If you become stagnant, you die. We have to be very, very active all the time." More

New director says museum must be political
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A museum has to be political to be effective, according to the newly-appointed director of the National Museum in Canberra, Andrew Sayers. "It must engage with issues that are really important to people and when there are important things to debate, if the museum isn't political then it's not doing its job," Mr. Sayers said shortly after his appointment was announced. More

Abstraction in the synagogue
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It's sobering to consider that an exciting and concise exhibition about a 1950s New Jersey synagogue and its artworks can serve as a periscope through which we can view the New York art world of the time, postwar American architecture, suburban demographic trends and, not incidentally, a moment in the history of the American Jewish community. That's what happens in the Jewish Museum's remarkable exhibition "Modern Art, Sacred Space: Motherwell, Ferber and Gottlieb," which focuses on only three works of art — four, if you include the architecture — and raises more questions than it answers. More

Tools for the Future

27 things to do before a conference    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Advice from marketing expert Chris Brogan: "If you're attending events over the next several months, you might give some thought to a quick checklist that might help you better accomplish your goals. As I'm not entirely sure of your goals, I'll list a bunch of ideas, and you can just narrow it down to what you think works best for you. Feel free to add more ideas to the comments section." ♦ Not a new clipping, but timely advice for anyone attending the AAM Annual Meeting next month. More

Turn your data into action
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Presentation materials developed for a workshop on data-mining sponsored by the Arts & Business Council of Chicago and led by Cheryl Slover-Linett and Chloe Chittick Patton. It covers which data arts and culture organizations should be collecting, how to conduct basic analyses, and how to link data to new strategies and tactics for audience development. More

Multitoe turns floors into massive multitouch screens you control with your feet
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Multitouch screens are being integrated into surfaces all around us; not just our computer monitors, but our walls, our tables, our countertops — pretty much any surface that is somewhat flat. So why not take advantage of the vast amount of flat workspace going un-utilized beneath our feet? So goes the thinking behind Multitoe, a floor-based interface that users control with their feet. Imagine smart floors that can guide you directly to a particular painting in a museum and then display information on demand without cluttering the walls with tiny placards. Or Dance Dance Revolution — which by our estimation will never be the same. More

Symposium on Cultural and Heritage Tourism
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"Cultural tourism" is a term that describes travel that is directed toward experiencing the arts, heritage, and diversity of the people and landscapes of a region. The Symposium on Cultural and Heritage Tourism is designed to explore the best practices in the field of cultural and heritage tourism. More

Paradise recycled: Architects dream of turning great pacific garbage patch into habitable island
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a jumble of plastic trash that spans hundreds of miles northwest of Hawaii, has gotten lots of attention ever since billionaire adventurer and environmentalist David de Rothschild announced his plans to visit the trash mass on the Plastiki, a boat constructed from recycled waste and webs of plastic. Now the Plastiki has launched, and a group of architects from Rotterdam have already come up with another way to draw attention to the plastic gyre: a Hawaii-sized island made entirely out of recycled plastic. More

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