Drawn to the future?
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If you need a break from talking and listening at the 2012 Annual Meeting, join us at the AAM Showcase in MuseumExpo and unleash your inner artist with Drawing Club. Read more about how you can become a "Citizen Artist" on the CFM Blog. If you can't make it to Minneapolis Saint Paul, join us online: The AAM virtual conference returns April 29-May 1.
Gen Y dissected: 6 types of millennials
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Mountains of research can attest to what experts say Gen Y has in common, from passion for the environment to tech love. But new research from the Boston Consulting Group breaks this massive block of humanity, some 79 million strong in the U.S., into six distinct groups. And about 50 percent defy the stereotypes most marketers live by. More
Report: Arts industry perked up in 2010
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After declining to an all-time low in 2009, the vitality of the nation's arts industry started to trend upward in 2010, the first sign of recovery from the effects of the Great Recession, a new report from Americans for the Arts finds. More
The time Americans devote to technology
Public radio's Marketplace takes "a look at what is affectionately known as 'The Time Suck'" (i.e., the amount of time we devote to technology). One interesting result from a recent Gallup survey: "Almost six in ten 18-29 year olds told us that they feel guilty ... [about spending] too much time using their cellphone or their smartphone." More
Living in the sharing economy: Is the Internet making us more honest?
The Next Web Share
Whether you're sharing your living space on Airbnb, your time on TaskRabbit, your car on Getaround, your dog on DogVacay or your status updates on Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare, many will argue that the Internet's identity layer, boosted by social network profiles, has allowed us to more easily trust other human beings. More
The origins of futurism
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Modern futurism began at the dawn of the 20th century with a series of essays by H.G. Wells, which he called "Anticipations." Wells proposed that serious thinkers should write soberly, factually and objectively about the great "mechanical and scientific progress" transforming human affairs. But if the goal of futurism is to shed enlightenment over the dark forces of historical change, then we must recall that history is one of the humanities, not a hard science. Tomorrow obeys a futurist the way lightning obeys a weatherman. More
The 2080 Census: The world as we (don't) know it
Census data from the past is really hot. When the National Archives posted details from 72 years ago — the 1940 census — online recently, millions of Americans stampeded the website to try to learn more about their past. But imagine how cool it would be if, by some twist of time, the National Archives were to make available detailed census information from nearly 70 years in the future — the 2080 census. More
Project Immortality 2045 — Russian experience
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies Share
Russian futurist Dmitry Itskov describes an ambitious plan to develop cybernetic immortality by the middle of the 21st century. More
Linking libraries, museums, archives
Harvard Gazette Share
The Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, says that one of the core challenges facing today's librarians, archivists and museum curators is the need for them to work across disciplines to deliver the integrated, seamless level of service that tech-savvy users are increasingly coming to expect. "We need to focus on user behavior. We don't know enough about how they use resources," he said, but "users expect to be able to span the scope of knowledge in seconds." More
A throwdown about the term 'curator'
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Blogger Suse Cairns (a.k.a. museumgeek) notes that "Lately, questions about the bastardization of the term curator have been emerging around the blogosphere. ... I think that the liberal use of the term curator makes it stronger and more valuable. Some of our sector's lingo is making its way beyond the walls of our institutions, and getting picked up by the mainstream in a positive way. ... If the hip and awesome are associated in some way with museums, great." More
Back to the future (of museums)
Irish Times Share
Never underestimate the importance of a clean toilet or a good burger in drawing audiences to museums and cultural spaces. This is one of the many pragmatic points made at a recent roundtable symposium held by the National Gallery of Ireland on "The challenges facing museums on-site and online." Speakers and panelists came from a range of highly-regarded museums, and answered a range of questions on the future of institutions that focus on the past. More
Study: Cleveland Museum of Art has big economic impact
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A new study shows that the Cleveland Museum of Art is more than a treasure house of masterpieces. It's a nonprofit business expected to generate roughly $140 million in economic activity in Cuyahoga County by the end of its 2012 fiscal year on June 30. By spending $40 million a year on its operations, the museum triggers a total of $60 million in economic impact. ♦ This represents one model for museums to demonstrate their community impact. More
How the Louvre and Nintendo are reinventing the museum audio tour
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Thanks to an unlikely partnership between Japanese gaming company Nintendo and the Louvre Museum in Paris, navigating the gargantuan art museum should now be a bit easier for tourists. On April 11, the Louvre replaced its previous audio tour system with a new batch of Nintendo 3DS devices preloaded with 700 commentaries on works of art at the museum, as well as an interactive map that helps users figure out where they are in the museum and how to get to the next piece of art they want to check out. More
Science museum wants your waste-reduction ideas
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The Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester, England, wants budding inventors to submit their ideas for an innovative product which also reduces waste. It is hosting an exhibition that shines a light on Manchester firms whose innovations have helped cut or re-use waste, or minimize its environmental impact. More
Marin History Museum to launch mobile app
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Students, tourists and plain old residents will soon have Marin County's history at their fingertips when the Marin History Museum releases a mobile phone application later this month. With an annual budget of about $400,000 and no government funding, the museum was lucky to receive a donation from a local resident to sponsor the app. ♦ An in-kind contribution came from software firm ClearMetrics, which repurposed a mobile tool designed for community college campus tours. More
Paris tests 40 urban innovations directly on public
The French capital has become a living laboratory with 40 new inventive projects being implemented to improve daily life. The goal is to envision a smarter city by outfitting public spaces with innovations to improve transportation, tourism and communications, among other fields. So far, about half of the forty prototypes are up and running, remaining in place for up to a year. ♦ The video focuses on one innovation: "A transparent screen that rotates 360 degrees allowing users to mix news information with geolocation to show what's going on in the part of town visible in the window." More
Hologram Tupac: What's so live about live performance anyway?
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You'd think we'd have seen it all online, but the Internet's collective mind was decidedly blown recently as Snoop Dogg performed with a hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur at the Coachella festival in California. ♦ When will museums feature holograms of the dead? More
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