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.
Setting the scene Why be a Happy Museum? BridgetMcKenzie, Flow Associates
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*
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
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 15 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 16 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’