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.
Here’s the summary from IMLS’ announcement:
The New England Museum Association will explore the “generative meetups” concept by launching the Museumhive project…The initial theme will focus on “the distributed museum,” a museum not bound by its physical location but integrated throughout its community. The project will support six in-person meetups featuring presentations by national thought leaders talking about their work via live Google Hangouts. After each meetup, staff and volunteers will index and archive the Hangout video, summarize the event on a WordPress site, invite additional contributions via email and Twitter, and then prepare a short e-publication summary designed to help staff connect the topic to their own experiences at their museums. This experimental format for hive-created content will be shared with other museum associations for national replication.
I’m excited about our first Museumhive meetup coming up on October 26 at Boston innovation hub District Hall (pictured above). Advisors Ed Rodley, Paul Orselli, and NEMA staff will join me in hosting national thought leader Nina Simon in a Google Hangout on the topic of the distributed museum and relevance to community. Museumhive website coming soon and announcement from NEMA about registration — stay tuned!
(PS — if you’re headed to the ASTC conference, I’ll be there in our booth and eager to talk more)