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This is the text of my speech that I delivered at the Ignite Smithsonian Conference, April 11, 2011 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. ...

This is the text of my speech that I delivered at the Ignite Smithsonian Conference, April 11, 2011 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

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    • Disclaimer:The remarks herein are the personal views of Neal Stimler and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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      Title: Renewing American Democracy Through Museums & Digital Culture
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      We must improve the human condition by democratizing the museum experience.
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      Museum practice requires urgent paradigm change if citizens are to have hope for the future.
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      It is the responsibility of museums, as stewards of memory, to inspire citizens to think critically.
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      Achieving a more just America through museums demands that individuals make sacrifices for others’ benefit.
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      Museums have a duty to be the center for democratic debate as they foster community engagement.
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      Museums offer citizens infinite opportunities to learn from our nation’s past failures through interaction with collections and scholarship.
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      Museums show us that a better and compassionate future is possible when museums act as agents for social change.
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      The means for change are to be found in the dialogue occurring between museums & their constituents through digital technology.
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      Many people’s primary museum experiences today are cyber interactions through mobile devices.
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      It is critical that museums have their collections databases online and that they crowdsource research.
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      Curators, educators and librarians should be in daily contact with the public through social media channels.
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      The museums’ content must be free, linked and shareable.
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      Users need meaningful opportunities to contribute content from their own experiences to the museum’s official streams.
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      We are living in a digital culture where people are mixing, mashing and creating instantly with technological palettes.
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      Our current copyright practices are barriers to the fluidity of dissemination and creation enabled by new media tools.
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      We must differentiate between what is legal with regards to copyright and what is ethical and in the best interest of the public good.
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      The museum is a commons –a place where peace and virtue flourish as resources are shared without restriction for the good of all constituents.
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      Museum workers are empowered through digital technology to interact with the public in a civic discourse that vitally reshapes the future of the republic.
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      It is time now for museums to take bold and courageous risks to renew American democracy!
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      Thank you!Neal Stimler@nealstimlerneal.stimler@gmail.com