Community Storytelling: celebrating institutional anniversaries with stories

Community Storytelling: celebrating institutional anniversaries with stories

I wrote about “community storytelling” a couple years ago for a presentation at SEGD, and I’m still working through that intriguing phrase.  At the time, I focused on special events, such as institutional anniversary celebrations, as a hub for gathering stories. So we created a portable Storykiosk with 42 Design Fab for recording stories at popup events and celebrations. Now we’re adding a major new tool: an online...

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Museumhive: a new approach to community content

Museumhive: a new approach to community content

I’m pleased to say that a proposal I wrote with NEMA to IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) was selected for funding, and we’re proceeding with what I think is a new toolset for museums to reach out to communities. The concept is “Museumhive” — informal gatherings where museum staff and community meet to both socialize and create community content via Google Hangouts and post-hangout social media....

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AAM MUSE Awards for Washington Post Magazine and ¡NUEVOlution! Projects

AAM MUSE Awards for Washington Post Magazine and ¡NUEVOlution! Projects

We’re at the end of the summer, and I realize I haven’t blogged yet about the big news for us a couple months ago at the AAM (American Association of Museums) annual conference: two of our Storykiosk projects received  the association’s MUSE Award, given to exceptional media projects in museums across the U.S. For those who aren’t familiar with the MUSE Awards, they’re like the Academy Awards in the film industry,...

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Boston Mini-Maker Faire: Introducing StoryFall and StorySpaces.io

Boston Mini-Maker Faire: Introducing StoryFall and StorySpaces.io

Great fun to participate in the very first Boston Mini-Maker Faire this last Saturday. Our booth was set up right next to the Fort Point Channel, among three or four large tents of some 80 other makers. We made ourselves at home with makers of robots, boisterous hand made instruments, kid-created catapults, a tiny house, food trucks, and more. Introducing StoryFall It was a great place to premiere our StoryFall.  The idea: after visitors record...

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Literacy e-cards: Exhibits that change behavior

Literacy e-cards: Exhibits that change behavior

One of the topics that’s always interesting to reflect on: can our work in museum exhibits actually make a difference in people’s behavior?  If we checked in with visitors a month after they came to an exhibit, would they have done anything differently in their lives because of the visit? Would they have connected with neighbors, eaten a more healthy diet,  looked into a low emissions vehicle? We’re not here just to inform...

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¡NUEVOlution!: Participatory Stories Build Community

¡NUEVOlution!: Participatory Stories Build Community

It’s been a pleasure working with the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte the last couple years on their groundbreaking exhibit ¡NUEVOlution! which explores the mutual evolution of Latino and Southern cultures. The exhibit builds on the Museum’s mission: “using history to build community” — an approach that has earned the museum national recognition for the ways they connect with community and grow...

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