3 months ago
Reblogged from kineticmuseums
Have museums always been "authoritative?"
But more and more I’m bothered by this concept of “authority” in the way we use it. I kind of like the word trust more. Partially because trust is something you have to earn, whereas it seems like authority is something we feel that we’re owed as institutions, and I don’t think that’s healthy.
A great provocation from Koven around the idea of Open Authority. I think that the ideas of trust and authority are really intertwined, and I personally like the word “trust” in and of itself, more than I do “authority.”
I believe that the differentiation in the terms, within this context, lies in the audience that they’re being directed towards. Open Authority was developed as a means to define something that museum professionals were grappling with (sort of scared of?), in an effort to illustrate to those museum professionals that sharing control can be the best of both worlds. That definition (and term) isn’t necessarily meant to be directed to the public. To the public, the idea of trust and openness will resonate more than the term “authoritative” necessarily would.
I’m really excited about this revelation and can’t wait to dig into it more with all of you brainy people out there. (DO read Koven’s post in its entirety.) Thoughts?
8 months ago
Reblogged from 5easypieces
Koven responds to the Open Authority spectrum & the Reggio Emilia model
I’m listening to Lori Byrd talk about the Reggio Emilia learning model as a possible framework for implementing Open Authority in museums and similar institutions. I was struck by something she said that was a component of that model, which is that the teachers learn along with the students, rather than “dumbing down” the material. How amazing would it be for museums to interact with their communities in this way? Think of a curator looking at visitor interaction as a way of increasing his or her knowledge, rather than simply dispensing it. Yowza.
I’ve always had issues with the word “engagement”—I feel like we toss it around without really having a clear definition of what it means, but this model, to me, finally looks like what I think we really want when we use that word. I just wonder whether we have the courage to attempt it.
So thrilled to see this resonate with Koven and others today, here on the final day of Museum Computer Network. Tons of great conversation about the ideas around open authority that I need to still fully digest. My main takeaway right now is that I adore the museum tech community and how supportive, constructively critical, and brilliant they all are.
8 months ago
When you’re a social media manager for a museum, your job is…interesting (and incredible, and challenging, and inspiring)…but sometimes it can also seem lonely. Who else understands the laughable frustration of answering a frantic visitor Twitter question at 11:30pm about tomorrow morning’s dinosaur program? Who else would understand just WHY that social media campaign is going to be the most epic, meme-tastic campaign ever?
I’m lucky to have an incredible boss who shares monitoring responsibility with me (and who is great to vent to about our crazier social media moments.) But, why aren’t we supporting each other across institutions? …there are more of us out there, right? Why aren’t we celebrating our successes (and our #fails… Fails are okay!) Why aren’t we bantering more on Twitter, or pooling resources for big ideas, or even sharing out one another’s epic, meme-tastic campaigns to our own audiences?
Maybe that sounds a little extreme. (Does it?) But as social media professionals, we get the importance of transparency, openness, and authentic tone. So why not be even more open? Is it because we’re in competition with one another? Are we vying for the same online audiences, or trying to one-up each other’s campaigns? We really aren’t…and we shouldn’t be. So let’s be more giving. We deserve it, because we’re ALL doing awesome work that we *should* be proud of (and sharing!)
To this end, a couple of us museum social media managers currently at Museum Computer Network decided to make a closed Facebook group, “International Museum Social Media Managers.” If you’re a museum social media manager, let me know and I’ll send an invite!
This is definitely not the first museum social media group that exists. There are wikis, twitter chats, local groups (hello Super Friends!), and many supportive friendships that we’ve built over the years. Now we can work on building that momentum, sharing in our hilarious social drama, collaborating on big ideas, and celebrating our awesome social media successes.
9 months ago
Open Authority Example #13: Chicago History Bowl
The Chicago History Museum
The city’s oldest cultural institution will be asking Chicago residents what they’d like to see in a future exhibition. Dubbed the “Chicago History Bowl,” this user-generated contest will allow fans to suggest ideas and then vote on finalists…
The Chicago History Museum is certainly undertaking an impressive digital engagement campaign—calling on the public to not only vote on a future exhibit, but to submit ideas as well. If that’s not Open Authority, I don’t know what is.
It’s been stated that the Chicago History Museum is “the first museum in America to tap the power of online crowdsourcing for such an endeavor.” While I tend to cringe at superlatives like this, I really can’t argue with it. A number of museums have made great strides in fearlessly incorporating visitor contributions into exhibit interpretation, including most notably the Brooklyn Museum, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and…does my museum count? :)
But, to be honest, I can’t think of another instance of placing the impetus FIRST on the community to begin the conversation and to initiate the topic. The “open” comes first in this case, and the curatorial “authority” comes second, when the museum pares down the suggestions in preparation for the voting round.
My question is…does the Open Authority stop there? Is it just that they’re “mining the audience” for ideas? Or is it that the winner will take part in the actual implementation of the idea? This isn’t clear in the current description of the project. For now, the main motivation is a getaway and a museum membership (which is not insignificant)…but how great would it be if this turned out to be truly Open Authority from beginning to end?
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9 months ago
Lori Byrd Phillips: Open Authority, Wikipedia and the Benefits of Openness | musete.ch
I’m quite proud to be among so many greats in the ongoing musete.ch interview series coordinated by Dana Allen-Greil.
In this interview conducted by Solimar Salas, I chatter about openness, digital humanities, GLAM-Wiki, QR, and a hint of what you can expect from our forthcoming panel on Open Authority at the 2013 Museum Computer Network conference.
11 months ago
Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners is a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative to facilitate a process of development and organisational change within museums and galleries committed to active partnership with their communities, with the ambition of affecting the museum sector more widely.
This initiative will:
- support and develop museums and galleries to place community needs, values, aspirations and active collaboration at the core of their work;
- involve communities and individuals in core decision-making processes and to implement the decisions taken;
- ensure that museums and galleries play an effective role in developing community skills, through volunteering, training, apprenticeships, etc.;
- share exemplary new models with the broader museum sector.