Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Voices of the Future

The Center for the Future of Museums has launched a program called “Voices of the Future” to encourage a discussion about the future of museums. CFM is asking for “creative, innovative thinkers” from diverse backgrounds and fields to “capture and share their hopes and dreams” in five-minute videos or interviews. These segments will be uploaded to YouTube, and if you don’t have access to a camera, CFM will mail you an interview kit or you can submit written testimonials.

If you are having trouble organizing your thoughts or just need a push to get the talk rolling, CFM has provided a list of suggested interview questions. You can also get an idea of how to structure an interview by checking out the videos already posted on the CFM YouTube channel.

CFM is an initiative of the American Association of Museums (AAM) created to help museums grow beyond traditional boundaries so that they can serve a changing society; it takes the form of a think tank and research and design lab meant to produce creative solutions to growing concerns in the museum community. Members of AAM identified the top four challenges facing the future of museums as: the need to increase public funding, staying informed on changes in technology as well as securing funding to implement new technology in museums, finding qualified and interested individuals to take up the mantle of leadership among museum professionals, and maintaining relevance within the community during times of rapid social and cultural change.

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