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Futures Studies Program's course in Strategic Foresight
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Join CFM founding director Elizabeth Merritt and staff from museums around the country at the University of Houston for the Futures Studies Program's week-long certificate course in Strategic Foresight, to be held Jan. 11-15, 2010. The discounted tuition rate for CFM readers is $1500. Let us know if you are interested by contacting Call the university directly at (713) 743-1060 for more information or to register for the course. More

AAM is going international
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The American Association of Museums' annual convention has attracted spectators from Holland to Mongolia. But AAM never offered translation services and globally-focused sessions - until now. More

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Museums on Twitter - Nov 09
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There are now 654 institutions on the list with 808,750 people following them. ♦ Up from 380 in July. More
Five trends help to create "nonprofits of the future," report says
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The nonprofit field isn't going to simply bounce back a few years from now to the state it was in before the recession. That's the message behind a new report by La Piana Consulting, which explores five trends that are hastening the emergence of a new nonprofit landscape. More

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Globally, religion defies easily identified patterns
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The National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago released what it described as "the most comprehensive analysis to date of global religious trends." Anyone studying its 9,000-word analysis and perusing 330 additional pages of references and tables will be quickly disabused of the idea that the currents of religious belief and practice are flowing in one or two or even a half-dozen clear directions.  More
Baby boomers by the numbers: Census reveals trends
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The majority of baby boomers are white, married, have some college education and were employed in 2006, says a report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The report is a new analysis of 2006 data, the first time the government has examined specifics on boomers since 1996.  More


U.S. travel industry to add 90,000 American jobs in 2010
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The U.S. Travel Association projects that modest 2010 increases in leisure, business and international inbound travel will enable the industry to add nearly 90,000 American jobs. Leisure travel is expected to rise 2.0 percent, business travel is projected to increase by 2.5 percent and international inbound travel will increase by 3.0 percent.  More
Travel & tourism economy GDP forecast to decline by 5.5 percent
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2009 has seen the worst recession since the 1930s, with global GDP contracting by an estimated 1.3 percent. While there are tentative signs that the economic cycle is now turning, driven by unprecedented policy stimuli, reviving credit markets and recovering asset prices, recovery is expected to be gradual.  "As a result, travel and tourism economy GDP is now forecast to decline by 5.5 percent in 2009," said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, announcing WTTC's latest forecasts.  More

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Future digital model: Consumers swap privacy for customization
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A new economy is set to emerge for digital media distribution in which global consumers will be willing to divulge their private details in exchange for highly sophisticated customization, but companies will have to earn their customers' trust first, according to research from Oracle, in partnership with U.K.-based consultancy The Future Laboratory. More


Smithsonian uses innovative collaboration tools to reach out to public
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"The Nation's Attic" is turning to "the basement of the science building" in a metaphorical meeting of the minds and a shared vision for the future. More
Noenga launches 3D Museum - More visitors than the Louvre
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Norenga, a social network and promotional site based in Spain, describes itself as the "first art community that opens the doors to an online museum. An innovative event in the world of art because the exhibition shows and sells artwork chosen by a community representing thousands of artists, professionals and art lovers worldwide in a unique way."  More
Museum program to aid Alzheimer's patients
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Curators at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis., soon will unveil a program that links art education with Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. The idea is to use the visual arts to stimulate meaningful interaction between those who have Alzheimer's, dementia and other memory diseases and those who care for and love them. More

Tools for the Future

Curiosity: The killer catalyst
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Todd Kashdan has a deep appreciation of anxiety, which makes his engaging book Curious? unique among the comfort-promising volumes in the self-help section.  More
When your iPhone knows everything
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I just finished watching the video for RedLaser, a real-time bar code scanner that works on the iPhone. Just hold the camera eye over the UPC code and get ready for results to show up from Google Product Search or Amazon; then begin reading customer reviews and comparing prices right there in the store. ♦ Some museums are already experimenting with similar technologies; see More

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