Ignite Smithsonian Speech


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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.

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Ignite Smithsonian Speech

  1. 1. Disclaimer:The remarks herein are the personal views of Neal Stimler and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.<br />
  2. 2. 1<br />Title: Renewing American Democracy Through Museums & Digital Culture<br />
  3. 3. 2<br />We must improve the human condition by democratizing the museum experience.<br />
  4. 4. 3<br />Museum practice requires urgent paradigm change if citizens are to have hope for the future.<br />
  5. 5. 4<br />It is the responsibility of museums, as stewards of memory, to inspire citizens to think critically.<br />
  6. 6. 5<br />Achieving a more just America through museums demands that individuals make sacrifices for others’ benefit.<br />
  7. 7. 6<br />Museums have a duty to be the center for democratic debate as they foster community engagement.<br />
  8. 8. 7<br />Museums offer citizens infinite opportunities to learn from our nation’s past failures through interaction with collections and scholarship.<br />
  9. 9. 8<br />Museums show us that a better and compassionate future is possible when museums act as agents for social change.<br />
  10. 10. 9<br />The means for change are to be found in the dialogue occurring between museums & their constituents through digital technology.<br />
  11. 11. 10<br />Many people’s primary museum experiences today are cyber interactions through mobile devices.<br />
  12. 12. 11<br />It is critical that museums have their collections databases online and that they crowdsource research.<br />
  13. 13. 12<br />Curators, educators and librarians should be in daily contact with the public through social media channels.<br />
  14. 14. 13<br />The museums’ content must be free, linked and shareable.<br />
  15. 15. 14<br />Users need meaningful opportunities to contribute content from their own experiences to the museum’s official streams.<br />
  16. 16. 15<br />We are living in a digital culture where people are mixing, mashing and creating instantly with technological palettes.<br />
  17. 17. 16<br />Our current copyright practices are barriers to the fluidity of dissemination and creation enabled by new media tools.<br />
  18. 18. 17<br />We must differentiate between what is legal with regards to copyright and what is ethical and in the best interest of the public good.<br />
  19. 19. 18<br />The museum is a commons –a place where peace and virtue flourish as resources are shared without restriction for the good of all constituents.<br />
  20. 20. 19<br />Museum workers are empowered through digital technology to interact with the public in a civic discourse that vitally reshapes the future of the republic.<br />
  21. 21. 20<br />It is time now for museums to take bold and courageous risks to renew American democracy!<br />
  22. 22. 21<br />Thank you!Neal Stimler@nealstimlerneal.stimler@gmail.com<br />