Imagining the Happy Museum Gothenburg 2012

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This is a presentation given to the Swedish Museums Association in Gothenburg in March 2012.

This is a presentation given to the Swedish Museums Association in Gothenburg in March 2012.

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  • 1. Re-imagining theHappy MuseumTony ButlerDirector, Museum of East Anglian Life
  • 2. Resilience Happiness Social Enterprise Flow Social Capital Participation TrustSanctuaries Rallying Points
  • 3. Gross National Happiness Kingdom of Bhutan 19721.Economic Wellness: (consumer debt, average income toconsumer price index ratio and income distribution)2.Environmental Wellness: (pollution, noise and traffic )3.Physical Wellness: (physical health metrics such as severeillnesses)4.Mental Wellness: (usage of antidepressants and rise or declineof psychotherapy patients)5.Workplace Wellness: (labour metrics such as jobless claims, jobchange, workplace complaints and lawsuits)6.Social Wellness: (safety, divorce rates, complaints of domesticconflicts and family lawsuits, public lawsuits, crime rates)7.Political Wellness: (quality of local democracy, individualfreedom, and foreign conflicts.)
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  • 5. Our principles STEWARDSHIP We prize our distinctive and PARTICIPATION precious assets; our landscape, We’d rather not do it on our own.historic buildings and collections, We welcome all members of thepeople and livestock. We will care community to get involved, be for and show them off to the active and exchange knowledge standards they deserve. MINDFULNESS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE We encourage curiosity and We want to be a resilient consideration. Our work shouldorganisation. We’ll be opportunistic inspire and entertain, be playful and and creative in using our unique thoughtful and help people take assets and surroundings to help more notice about the world people fulfil their ambitions. around them.
  • 6. For every £1 invested wegain over £4 of socialvalue Valuing and encouraging happiness and emotional investment Joint local approaches to progression Hidden value of family outcomes Key investment in cultural heritage
  • 7. What makes people happy ? Fairness Helping Status Others Meaning Respect Trust Adaptability
  • 8. Asset-Based Community Development… takes as its starting point the existing assets andstrengths of community, particularly the strengthsinherent in community based associations and othersocial networks. It defines assets not just as physicalcapital assets such as buildings but the distinctivequalities of the environment and the skills of peoplewithin the community. Mathie, A. & Cunningham, G. (2003)
  • 9. [It is ]the free voluntary associations whichstrengthen civil society by creating Habits of theHeart Alexis de Tocqville 1835
  • 10. Letting people define for themselveswhat’s special about a place, and whatmatters about it... That’s the key.Government agencies and large bodiescan’t stand this. They want to definethings; they want to keep tabs... onlyordinary people can make ordinaryplaces matter Sue Clifford, Common Ground
  • 11. Co-production The home base of the economy is the household, the neighbourhood, the community and civil society. That is the economy that co- production seems to rebuild and to reconstruct. Edgar S Cahn 2006
  • 12. The Miller and theMillwright, the harness-maker and the tailor showhow the old villagecommunity was dovetailedtogether by the nature ofthe workGeorge Ewart Evans
  • 13. Positive Psychology • Positive Emotion The Pleasant Life • Eudaemonic Flow The Good Life • Using your strengths to create something greater than you are The Meaningful Life• We would spend less time treating mental illness if we spend more time promoting mental wellness. Martin Seligman
  • 14. The Five Ways to Well-BeingConnect Be Active Take Notice Keep Learning Give
  • 15. a sanctuary from commercial messages
  • 16. a place for encounters
  • 17. being psychologically present
  • 18. giving back
  • 19. Happy Museum Manifesto1. MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY
  • 20. Happy Museum Manifesto2. PURSUE MUTUAL RELATIONSHIPS
  • 22. Happy Museum Manifesto4. MEASURE WHAT MATTERS
  • 24. Happy Museum Manifesto6. THINK GLOBAL AND BE NETWORKED
  • 25. Happy Museum Manifesto7. SUPPORT LEARNING FOR RESILIENCE
  • 26. Happy Museum Manifesto8. FIND YOUR NICHE
  • 27. Happy MuseumCommissionsManchester MuseumThe Playful Museum
  • 28. Happy MuseumCommissionsThe Lightbox WokingLandscapes of the Mind
  • 29. Happy MuseumCommissionsThe Cinema Museum,LambethCreative CommunityCurators
  • 30. Happy MuseumCommissionsLondon Transport MuseumThe Conversation Hub
  • 31. Happy MuseumCommissionsGodalming MuseumCollecting Connections
  • 32. Happy MuseumCommissionsThe Story Museum OxfordHappy from the Beginning
  • 33.