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Ruth Cuadra

Top 5 Goals for Open Government in 2014 - 0 views

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    Improve the procurement process Increase transparency Encourage citizen engagement Use government data for social good Don't overreach Lofty goals for government, but what if museums were to try to achieve the same or similar goals?
Ruth Cuadra

The Museum of Future Government Services - 0 views

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    Government bring the future to its citizens and the world.  What do you think?
Ruth Cuadra

Five Years After Pioneering It in North America, Chicago Might Take Participatory Budge... - 0 views

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    Participatory budgeting -- part of the Open Government trend
Ruth Cuadra

U.S. could save millions by changing font type, teen finds - 0 views

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    This person was thinking way outside the box! If the U.S. government stopped using Times New Roman and Century Gothic and switched to Garamond...
Elizabeth Merritt

How Germany Changed Its Mind, and Gave Benin Bronzes Back to Nigeria - The New York Times - 3 views

  • by a changing social consensus about the ethics of holding on to such items, and further strengthened by a backlash against Germany’s flagship cultural project: the Humboldt Forum,
  • Germany’s approach also contrasts with those of the United States and British governments, which have left decisions up to individual institutions
  • some of the most important museums in England cannot return their Benin Bronzes, even if they wanted to, without a change in the law. That includes the British Museum, which owns about 900 of the artifacts, arguably the world’s finest collection.
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  • a key turning point there occurred in 2019, amid growing public pressure.
  • a rising awareness in Germany of its own colonial crimes — including the killing of tens of thousands of Nama and Herero people in what is now Namibia. The atrocity, carried out between 1904 and 1908, is widely seen as the first genocide of the 20th century.
  • Until then, the main vehicle for discussing the return of the Benin Bronzes had been the Benin Dialogue Group, a network founded in 2010 that brought together Nigerian representatives and figures from European museums with bronzes in their collections. The group, however, favored loans over transfers of ownership.
  • The agreement stipulated that all objects that had been obtained “unethically” would be liable for return and directed institutions to facilitate claims by producing publicly available inventories.
  • obstacles remained on the Nigerian side. Although the country had requested the return of the bronzes since the 1970s, there was conflict over who would take ownership of the artifacts. Both the Nigerian government and the oba of Benin, whose family ruled the historical Kingdom of Benin from which they were looted, claimed that they owned the items. Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, where Benin City is, said he acted as a facilitator to resolve the dispute.
  • Ultimately, he said, the oba’s family, Nigeria’s museum commission and the government of Edo State agreed to join a trust together, with independent directors that oversee the construction and operation of the new museum.
  • the agreement allows for 168 pieces chosen by Nigeria’s museum commission to remain in Germany “so that Benin’s art can be shown to the world.” The approximately 350 other bronzes that were part of the Berlin museum collections will be transported to Nigeria once the pavilion is completed.
  • Edo Museum of West African Art
  • It remains unclear who will pay for the shipment and insurance of the remaining items in Germany, and he noted that the bronzes’ storage and upkeep will come at a considerable cost, including electrical bills for climate control.
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    The foreign minister's trip is the culmination of a yearslong process that upended Germany's approach to handling cultural items unjustly obtained during the colonial period. It is also part of a pioneering model for large-scale restitution, in which ownership is swapped before any artifacts change hands. Crucially, that approach allows for items to be restituted even if the country of origin does not yet have the facilities to store and exhibit them.
Ruth Cuadra

Turning Floodwater into Drinking Water - 0 views

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    A Thai government agency has developed a mobile unit called SOS that can purify contaminated water in the aftermath of a flood.
Johanna Fassbender

Seoul government's giant ear sculpture actually listens to the public's opinion | Sprin... - 1 views

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    a fun idea for exhibit feedback?
Ruth Cuadra

California College of the Arts Launches Two New MBA Programs: MBA in Strategic Foresigh... - 1 views

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    MBA in Strategic Foresight is designed to develop leaders who can inspire companies, NGOs, and governments to imagine better futures. Students also learn to manage the processes of creating and implementing new business models and strategies in order to make those futures real.
Ruth Cuadra

The Urban Reordering: Can the United States Make it Stick? - 0 views

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    The repopulating of urban areas is certainly a trend that will affect museums.  But do you agree that the government should end the mortgage interest deduction because focus is shifting from suburbs to cities?  Don't people who buy condos in cities benefit from the same deduction as those buying houses in the suburbs?
Lisa Eriksen

German Employees Help Define Company's Board of Directors | IdeaFeed | Big Think - 0 views

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    Could you imagine museum workers electing 1/2 of the board?
Lisa Eriksen

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong | Video on TED.com - 2 views

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    Great talk.  So much of what we have been reading about and discussing over the years in one presentation. I particularly support his points on staff compensation and risk taking.
Megan Conn

'Six Californias' plan difficult but doable, assessment shows - Washington Times - 0 views

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    I seem to remember this as a scenario at one of our Leaders of the Future workshops...
Ruth Cuadra

Pop_up Planning: New Methods for Transforming the Public Process - 0 views

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    I live just a few miles from where the Pop-UP MANGo happened. I can tell you that while the community-participation aspect of this kind of "planning" is terrrific, it undermines overall city planning in terms of space use, traffic mitigation, and access. What's the proper balance?
Ruth Cuadra

US Postal Service's official online store is on eBay - 0 views

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    Is this future of quasi-govenment enterprise?
Elizabeth Merritt

Imagine another American Civil War, but this time in every state : NPR - 0 views

  • "We already are seeing 'border war' with individual states passing major legislation that differs considerably from that in other places," says Darrell West, director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, and William Gale, a Brookings senior fellow in economic studies,
  • When and if the issue turns to violent confrontations between local citizens and federal officers, or between contentious groups of citizens, the clash might well take place far closer to home
  • America has an extraordinary number of guns and private militias," they write. How many? They cite the National Shooting Sports Foundation's estimate of 434 million firearms in civilian possession in the U.S. right now. That would be 1.3 guns per person.
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  • But the most meaningful geographic separation in our society is no longer as tidy as North and South, or East and West. It is the familiar divide between urban and rural, or to update that a bit: metro versus non-metro.
  • for now we're less a nation divided into 50 states than we are two nations that are both present in each of those states.
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