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A DISCUSSION WITH NINA SIMON




nina@museumtwo.com   @ninaksimon on twitter   slides at http://bit.ly/ninabook
Hi.
My name is Nina,
and I want to
change museums.
web 2.0 is software
that gets better the more
people use it
       -Tim O’Reilly, technologist and publisher
how could a cultural
institution get better the
more people use it?
traditionally, museums
    are visitor-agnostic


✴ destinations
✴ trusted sources of information
✴ places for seeing and ...
i’m interested in museums
  that are visitor-centered


✴ destinations
✴ trusted sources of information
✴ places for seein...
i’m interested in museums
  that are visitor-centered


✴ places for everyday use
✴ trusted sources of information
✴ place...
i’m interested in museums
  that are visitor-centered


✴ places for everyday use
✴ trusted hosts for social experiences
✴...
i’m interested in museums
  that are visitor-centered


✴ places for everyday use
✴ trusted hosts for social experiences
✴...
Authority is content provider
Authority is content provider   Authority is platform provider
photo by beagleskin on Flickr
photo by beagleskin on Flickr
                 as220 labs
how?



✴ places for everyday use
✴ trusted hosts for social experiences
✴ places for making and sharing
less like this                         more like this




        Photo by cybertoad on Flickr
Photo by Jessie Cutts on Flickr
Worcester City Gallery and Museum
Worcester City Gallery and Museum
Worcester City Gallery and Museum
how?



✴ places for everyday use
✴ trusted hosts for social experiences
✴ places for making and sharing
Science Museum of Minnesota
   Photo by Terry Gydesen
Advice, University of Washington
I’ve never had a gay friend. It was unbelievably
exciting to find myself facing him with his body,
opinions and identity. I...
how?



✴ places for everyday use
✴ trusted hosts for social experiences
✴ places for making and sharing
there are many ways to participate




 Stanford Art Center      upper: chicago children’s museum   Minnesota History Muse...
which techniques fit your mission?




Stanford Art Center      upper: chicago children’s museum   Minnesota History Museum...
The mission of The New York
Public Library is to inspire lifelong
learning, advance knowledge, and
strengthen our communit...
The mission of The New York
Public Library is to inspire lifelong
learning, advance knowledge, and
strengthen our communit...
Jessica Pigza
Rare book librarian
Jessica Pigza
Rare book librarian


           Josh Greenberg
Director of Digital Strategy
blog




http://www.nypl.org/blog_series/hand-made
blog
blog
video




http://www.nypl.org/av_display/series/47883
video




http://www.nypl.org/av_display/series/47883
video
Photo by Shira Kronzon on Flickr
Photos by Shira Kronzon on Flickr
“My boss knows that I find this to be very
satisfying, but he also recognizes that it’s a
good thing for the institution in...
“My boss knows that I find this to be very
satisfying, but he also recognizes that it’s a
good thing for the institution in...
A DISCUSSION WITH NINA SIMON




nina@museumtwo.com   @ninaksimon on twitter   slides at http://bit.ly/ninabook
The Participatory Museum
The Participatory Museum
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Introducing The Participatory Museum, a new book by Nina Simon. This talk first given at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on April 22, 2010. An edited version was uploaded in concert with a talk at the Whitney Museum on May 17, 2010.

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  1. 1. A DISCUSSION WITH NINA SIMON nina@museumtwo.com @ninaksimon on twitter slides at http://bit.ly/ninabook
  2. 2. Hi. My name is Nina, and I want to change museums.
  3. 3. web 2.0 is software that gets better the more people use it -Tim O’Reilly, technologist and publisher
  4. 4. how could a cultural institution get better the more people use it?
  5. 5. traditionally, museums are visitor-agnostic ✴ destinations ✴ trusted sources of information ✴ places for seeing and exploring
  6. 6. i’m interested in museums that are visitor-centered ✴ destinations ✴ trusted sources of information ✴ places for seeing and exploring
  7. 7. i’m interested in museums that are visitor-centered ✴ places for everyday use ✴ trusted sources of information ✴ places for seeing and exploring
  8. 8. i’m interested in museums that are visitor-centered ✴ places for everyday use ✴ trusted hosts for social experiences ✴ places for seeing and exploring
  9. 9. i’m interested in museums that are visitor-centered ✴ places for everyday use ✴ trusted hosts for social experiences ✴ places for making and sharing
  10. 10. Authority is content provider
  11. 11. Authority is content provider Authority is platform provider
  12. 12. photo by beagleskin on Flickr
  13. 13. photo by beagleskin on Flickr as220 labs
  14. 14. how? ✴ places for everyday use ✴ trusted hosts for social experiences ✴ places for making and sharing
  15. 15. less like this more like this Photo by cybertoad on Flickr
  16. 16. Photo by Jessie Cutts on Flickr
  17. 17. Worcester City Gallery and Museum
  18. 18. Worcester City Gallery and Museum
  19. 19. Worcester City Gallery and Museum
  20. 20. how? ✴ places for everyday use ✴ trusted hosts for social experiences ✴ places for making and sharing
  21. 21. Science Museum of Minnesota Photo by Terry Gydesen
  22. 22. Advice, University of Washington
  23. 23. I’ve never had a gay friend. It was unbelievably exciting to find myself facing him with his body, opinions and identity. It seems he was not very different from me and especially he was not an alien. From now on, I will not disrupt my communication with the gays, I will enhance it. - Reader in Istanbul, 2007
  24. 24. how? ✴ places for everyday use ✴ trusted hosts for social experiences ✴ places for making and sharing
  25. 25. there are many ways to participate Stanford Art Center upper: chicago children’s museum Minnesota History Museum lower: Science Museum of Minnesota
  26. 26. which techniques fit your mission? Stanford Art Center upper: chicago children’s museum Minnesota History Museum lower: Science Museum of Minnesota
  27. 27. The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.
  28. 28. The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.
  29. 29. Jessica Pigza Rare book librarian
  30. 30. Jessica Pigza Rare book librarian Josh Greenberg Director of Digital Strategy
  31. 31. blog http://www.nypl.org/blog_series/hand-made
  32. 32. blog
  33. 33. blog
  34. 34. video http://www.nypl.org/av_display/series/47883
  35. 35. video http://www.nypl.org/av_display/series/47883
  36. 36. video
  37. 37. Photo by Shira Kronzon on Flickr
  38. 38. Photos by Shira Kronzon on Flickr
  39. 39. “My boss knows that I find this to be very satisfying, but he also recognizes that it’s a good thing for the institution in general. He is one of the people who recognizes the connection between handicraft and history and rare books.”
  40. 40. “My boss knows that I find this to be very satisfying, but he also recognizes that it’s a good thing for the institution in general. He is one of the people who recognizes the connection between handicraft and history and rare books.” inspire lifelong learning advance knowledge strengthen our communities
  41. 41. A DISCUSSION WITH NINA SIMON nina@museumtwo.com @ninaksimon on twitter slides at http://bit.ly/ninabook
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