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  • Reason for being here: reference to myinvolvement in Happy Museum and development of the Museums for the Future toolkit to support its approach
  • I call this human activity ecocide
  • Climate change is the planetary boundary most significant because it impacts on and worsens all the other breaches of planetary boundaries.
  • There is no way that a
  • The Happy Museum project takes a gentle approach, focusing on opportunities, exploring alternative routes to happiness. However, I think it’s important to make a distinction between positivity and pussyfooting. Study of children in several schools (by environmental charities in UK) showed that where children had lots of input about wider world, combined with tips on what action they could take, they were much happier. Photois by Chris Jordan, albatross chicks are fed plastic by their loving parents, in the Atlantic Gyre.
  • There is increasing recognition that deep-rooted cultural values are where we need to focus transformative efforts. A group of environmental NGOs has formed a movement called Common Cause which seeks to transform values from self-enhancing (materialistic/hedonistic) towards ‘bigger than self’ – to become more communally-minded.
  • Not just your immediate locality and people who support the museum for its own sake, but these four outer dimensions.

MA Happy Museum Bridget McKenzie MA Happy Museum Bridget McKenzie Presentation Transcript

  • Setting the scene Why be a Happy Museum?
    BridgetMcKenzie, Flow Associates
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    BUT, land use changes:
    • Deforestation
    • Intense farming
    • Extraction & fossil fuels
    • In short, ecocide
    Root issue: Belief that wealth = wellbeing
    LEADS TO growth of:
    • human population
    • Consumption & waste
    • unequal wealth
    • NOT happiness
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    Leading to resource scarcity:
    • Oil
    • Water & food
    • Biodiversity
    Spiralling of growth for wealth...
    • Economic collapse
    • Social unrest
    • Conflict & war
    • NOT happiness
    • Wealth only for 1%
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    GREENHOUSE EFFECT
    LEADS TO
    • Sea level rise
    • Climate disruption
    DISASTERS
    • Coastal & fluvial floods & erosion
    • Severe storms
    • Drought
    • Forest fires & disease
    • Earthquakes
    • Pollution risks
    • Crop losses
    MORE GLOBAL WARMING
    Feedback effects. Plus,more damage to ecosystems =
    Yet more feedback effects.
    GLOBAL WARMING!
    IMPACTS ON HUMANS
    • Economic collapse
    • Migrations
    • Famine & disease
    • Conflict
    IMPACTS ON BIODIVERSITY
    • Migrations
    • Habitat collapse
    • Risk of extinction to most vertebrates (includes humans)
    INCREASES RESOURCE SCARCITY
    Wealth-not-wellbeing is root of global warming
  • Quick note on planetary boundaries
    Ozone layer (worse than thought)
    Biodiversity (safe boundary breached)
    Chemical dispersion (can’t quantify)
    Climate change (breached & impacts on others)
    Ocean acidification (40% acid)
    Freshwater consumption (bad but solvable)
    Land use change (on way to breached)
    Nitrogen/phosphorous (pretty bad)
    Atmospheric aerosol (can’t quantify)
  • So, in the false belief that destroying nature ensures human wellbeing by providing jobs, goods, and jobs to make more goods, we destroy the conditions for our own wellbeing and for all other forms of life*
  • *Except maybe ants...
    Technical name: ‘Hairy crazy ant’
  • This crisis means that no museum can sustain itself, financially or ethically, without the thriving and wellbeing of global biodiversity (including humanity) somewhere in its mission*.
    *Ideally, somewhere BIG in its mission
  • Wellbeing: The Eudaimoniamovement
    Human flourishing
    Prosperity without growth
    Autonomy to act
    Happiness not hedonism
    Inspiring #occupywallstreet
  • Museums for the Future toolkit
    • How the Museums for the Future toolkit can help you support this movement
    • You can find this toolkit on the Happy Museum website and on Renaissance South East pages
    • I’ll finish with three approaches of many from the toolkit
  • Use Museums for the Future toolkit
    • Aim: For museums to be centres of sustainable communities
    • By Renaissance South East & Flow
    • The legacy of 8 pilot projects: museums in Kent, Surrey, Hants, E Sussex
    • Includes presentation, directories, evaluation & planning tools
  • Toolkit: 8 thematic pathways to suit your museum
    Materials and things
    Wellbeing
    Biodiversity stewardship
    Green your museum with people
    Place-making and adaptation
    Energy and new technology
    Transition to sustainable economy
    Food, farming and horticulture
  • 1. Show & tell the truth but give people space to feel sad and the tools to act
  • 2. Engage cultural values or ‘deep frames’
    The ‘Common Cause’ values model
  • People struggle to leap the gap from changing values to changing their actions
    Museums for the Future
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    The Value-Action Gap
    External influences: Crises, Teachers, Examples
    CHANGED ACTIONS
    CHANGED VALUES
    CHANGED INTENTIONS
    Internal influences: Fears/hopes, personality
  • To help breach the value-action gap we need to learn why it’s there
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    External influences tell me ‘conform to social norms of happiness’ & ‘doubt the evidence of science’
    The Value-Action Gap
    ‘I can see logic of change but my values are long-held’
    ‘I need nudges, systems, peers to change my mind’
    ‘I can’t imagine what this future looks like’
    Internal influences: ‘I’m afraid to change. I may be unhappy’
  • 3. Change how you relate to communities
    • Mutual relationships towards wellbeing
    • Work with others to protect heritage beyond the museum
    • Expose & open your assets to help others tackle big challenges
  • Define community
    openly while
    building museum as ‘home’ or local hub
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  • To conclude: My question
    If a ‘wellbeing not wealth’ mission means your museum must challenge the status quo, what might be the risks to your museum? How could you overcome the risks?
  • Toolkit available on Happy Museum website More about me on:www.flowassociates.comhttp://thelearningplanet.wordpress.com bridget.mckenzie@flowassociates.com