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Making Risky Projects Possible

Nina Simon
Nina Simon
Nina SimonExecutive Director at The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

How can you get your dream project off the ground? On Nov 24, 2009 at the New Zealand National Digital Forum, Nina Simon of Museum 2.0 presented six tips to making risky, innovative technology projects possible in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.

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YOU CAN’T DO THAT!
                  making risky projects possible




nina simon, museum 2.0
@ninaksimon on twitter                   http://bit.ly/ndfnina
where i live
what i do
balboa park online collaborative
boston children’s museum
calgary science center
chabot space science center
chicago history museum
denver art museum
experience music project
girls math and science partnership
international spy museum
monterey bay aquarium
oakland museum
SFMOMA
smithsonian museum of natural history
statens museum for kunst
tech museum of innovation
what i dream about



the participatory museum
is a place where visitors can
create, share, and connect
with each other around
content.
Image credit: Dimitry van den Berg
"The idea was not of great enough importance.

! The idea was premature.

! The idea was too overwhelming."

                            -Beyond the Silos of the LAMs

                                http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2008/2008-05.pdf
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Making Risky Projects Possible

  • 1. YOU CAN’T DO THAT! making risky projects possible nina simon, museum 2.0 @ninaksimon on twitter http://bit.ly/ndfnina
  • 3. what i do balboa park online collaborative boston children’s museum calgary science center chabot space science center chicago history museum denver art museum experience music project girls math and science partnership international spy museum monterey bay aquarium oakland museum SFMOMA smithsonian museum of natural history statens museum for kunst tech museum of innovation
  • 4. what i dream about the participatory museum is a place where visitors can create, share, and connect with each other around content.
  • 5. Image credit: Dimitry van den Berg
  • 6. "The idea was not of great enough importance. ! The idea was premature. ! The idea was too overwhelming." -Beyond the Silos of the LAMs http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2008/2008-05.pdf
  • 7. "It happens two ways—when the place is little enough and the stakes are low enough so the price invested can be done in paper and pencil and scotch tape. And the other way is when you have a director who has so much guts and can charm the pants off the trees and is willing to lose their job." -Elaine Gurian http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2007/07/book-club-part-3b-talking-institutional.html
  • 11. six steps to success connect your idea to institutional mission and goals find the tool that’s right for your idea align your strategy with institutional culture plan for evaluation reserve resources for operation develop a support network
  • 12. six steps to success connect your idea to institutional mission and goals find the tool that’s right for your idea align your strategy with institutional culture plan for evaluation reserve resources for operation develop a support network
  • 14. We should do X because it will allow us to better fulfill Y aspect of our mission by Z.
  • 15. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts aspires to be a center of creativity within the Bay Area; one that is recognized globally and locally for its dedication to artistic innovation, its imagination in the exploration of ideas and its sustained commitment to creatively engaging our community in the contemporary art experience. Inspired by living artists, we seek to create through them and with them a fully integrated center of artistic inquiry that embraces diverse aesthetics and ideas. We are courageous in pursuit of our aspirations, bold in carrying out our work and fearless in our commitment to place contemporary art at the heart of community life.
  • 16. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts aspires to be a center of creativity within the Bay Area; one that is recognized globally and locally for its dedication to artistic innovation, its imagination in the exploration of ideas and its sustained commitment to creatively engaging our community in the contemporary art experience. Inspired by living artists, we seek to create through them and with them a fully integrated center of artistic inquiry that embraces diverse aesthetics and ideas. We are courageous in pursuit of our aspirations, bold in carrying out our work and fearless in our commitment to place contemporary art at the heart of community life.
  • 17. “creatively engaging our community in the contemporary art experience” http://www.aucklandartgallery.govt.nz/activities/label/ http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/dmsblog/index.php/2009/07/09/fictitious-narratives-visitor-made-labels-the-odditoreum/
  • 18. “creatively engaging our community in the contemporary art experience” http://sf0.org
  • 19. “sustained commitment” http://broughttolight.wordpress.com/
  • 20. “sustained commitment” http://online.ushmm.org/lodzchildren/
  • 21. “fearless... bold” http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/click/
  • 23. We should do X because it will allow us to better fulfill Y aspect of our mission by Z.
  • 24. six steps to success connect your idea to institutional mission and goals find the tool that’s right for your idea align your strategy with institutional culture plan for evaluation reserve resources for operation develop a support network
  • 27. Our Green Trail: how we got there...
  • 28. Our Green Trail: real-world actions, virtual world rewards
  • 29. Balboa Park: cellphone interactions in physical spaces http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathaninsandiego/3465762639/
  • 30. Giskin Anomaly: what we’re planning find the symbol call the number jump into the story (keep in touch online)
  • 31. six steps to success connect your idea to institutional mission and goals find the tool that’s right for your idea align your strategy with institutional culture plan for evaluation reserve resources for operation develop a support network
  • 33. dream or nightmare? http://www.flickr.com/photos/dbylibrary/322334460/
  • 34. a tale of two user-generated exhibits Minnesota History Center Keramiekmuseum Princessehof
  • 37. six steps to success connect your idea to institutional mission and goals find the tool that’s right for your idea align your strategy with institutional culture plan for evaluation reserve resources for operation develop a support network
  • 41. what does this mean? 90,000 visitors 37,000 posters made average time in Side Trip: 40 minutes average time poster-making: 25 minutes
  • 44. six steps to success connect your idea to institutional mission and goals find the tool that’s right for your idea align your strategy with institutional culture plan for evaluation reserve resources for operation develop a support network
  • 48. six steps to success connect your idea to institutional mission and goals find the tool that’s right for your idea align your strategy with institutional culture plan for evaluation reserve resources for operation develop a support network
  • 51. continue the conversation... @ninaksimon http://bit.ly/ndfnina nina@museumtwo.com