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Ruth Cuadra

Purpose Emerging as Important Driver of Engagement. - Thursday, 24th May 2012 at 4Hoteliers - 2 views

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    "Purpose" is emerging as a powerful new driver of attraction, retention, and productivity. on average, 57 percent of respondents (64 percent Germany, 58 percent US, 48 percent UK) said they would favor joining an organization that has a clearly defined Purpose. Moreover, an average of 65 percent of respondents claimed that Purpose would motivate them to go the 'extra mile' in their jobs and 64 percent claimed it would engender a greater sense of loyalty towards the organization they work for.
Johanna Fassbender

App helps organizers bring local community events to life | Springwise - 0 views

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    This could be very helpful in connecting museums with their immediate communities around them.
Ruth Cuadra

Los Angeles Times receives $1-million grant from Ford Foundation - latimes.com - 0 views

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    Non-profit invests in journalism... A Ford Foundation spokesman said that, as media organizations face challenges funding reporting through advertising and traditional revenue streams, "we and many other funders are experimenting with new approaches to preserve and advance high-quality journalism."
Paul Spitzzeri

Museum 3 - what will the museum of the future be like? - 1 views

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    Australian organization concerned with the future of museums and related enterprises. Individual forums discuss specific projects and ideas.
Ruth Cuadra

Could FastStitch Device, Invented by Undergrads, Be the Future of Suture? - YouTube - 0 views

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    After surgeon stitches up a patient's abdomen, costly complications -- some life-threatening -- can occur. To cut down on these postoperative problems, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented a disposable suturing tool to guide the placement of stitches and guard the accidental puncture of internal organs.
Lisa Eriksen

Learned Helplessness in Organizations - Ron Ashkenas - Harvard Business Review - 1 views

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    Do museums need to look at their internal operations and become more efficient?
Ruth Cuadra

Big data is worth nothing without big science | Business Tech - CNET News - 0 views

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    Many organizations are rich in data but poor in insight. But what if museums could use their "data" to see not just what's happening now, but also to model what they could be doing to optimize outcomes for the future? Enter the CAMLF team.
Paul Spitzzeri

COST | ISCH in Detail - 0 views

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    A Belgian-based organization seeking to apply strategic foresight planning in nine key domains and a trans-domain group. This one, Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH) has elements dealing with material culture, history, music and art and other museum-related topics.
Ileana Maestas

How to Get Funding for Nonprofit Organizations | eHow.com - 0 views

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    It is nothing new that museums have to scramble for funds. This article is great about looking at the long term so it's not a year to year scrabble.
Ruth Cuadra

Dementia Cases Expected to Triple by 2050 as World Population Ages - Population Reference Bureau - 1 views

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    ... more than 35 million people are living with dementia, according to recent World Health Organization (WHO) estimates.1 This number is expected to more than triple to reach 115 million by 2050 in the wake of world population aging.
Lisa Eriksen

Brains of rats connected allowing them to share information via internet | Science | guardian.co.uk - 0 views

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    An organic computer? Brain communication over continents via the internet? This would be one way to "connect" with our museum visitors;-)
Ruth Cuadra

The top 10 emerging technologies of 2016 - 1 views

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    The World Economic Forum's annual list of this year's breakthrough technologies, published today, includes "socially aware" open AI. As technology for AI assistants expands, imagine that you could walk up to a display in a museum and ask a custom AI assistant any question you like about what you are seeing. Siri and Cortana and Google Assistant and Amazon Echo try to answer questions on all topics, but what if museums and other organizations could build their own add-on packs for their sphere of knowledge? The Getty, for example, would prepare answers to every question they've ever heard about "Statue of a Victorious Youth" and museum visitors (or maybe anybody in the world) could use the add-on pack to find out what they want to know.
Ruth Cuadra

Why blunting emotion can save you money - 0 views

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    Scientists have discovered that your feelings about something and the value you put on it are calculated similarly in a specific brain region. If this is true for individuals, could also be true for organizations (i.e., collections of individuals)?
Ruth Cuadra

2013: The Year 'the Stream' Crested - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    The Stream has been the organizing metaphor for the web for the past several years. It flourished on "nowness". Now there's too much flowing at us and people are pulling back/away.
Rahul Sharma

Syringe Filter with PVDF Membrane Sterile and Non Sterile - Axiva - 0 views

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    Syringe filters with PVDF membrane is used for applications clarification, protein solutions, organic solvents and HPLC solutions.
Ariane Karakalos

The Cost of "Free": Admission Fees at American Art Museums - 0 views

  • Museum theorists such as Elaine Heumann Gurian point out that admission fees may be the single biggest obstacle preventing museums from fulfilling their missions as educational institutions that are open and accessible to the widest range of visitors from all income levels and backgrounds. But is the financial position of most art museums so precarious that the 5 percent of operating budget provided by admissions fees is indispensable to the survival of the institution? Is there a middle ground between free admission and a standard entrance fee?
  • Potential visitors—especially families with children—are often concerned about the financial costs associated with a museum visit, such as transportation, parking and lunch. As the costs have risen, visitors expect greater value for their admission dollars.
  • Many of us have visited museums and seen the words “suggested donation” or “recommended amount” next to the admission fees. The actual amount collected per visitor is often significantly lower than the suggested amount
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  • he Art Institute of Chicago switched from free Tuesdays to free Thursday evenings, from 5-8 p.m.
  • At the time of this writing, there is not much more than anecdotal evidence available on the desired result of racially and ethnically diverse visitors during free evening hours, but the Art Institute of Chicago has every reason to believe its change in free hours achieved this. “We had Chicagoans in the museum who reported that it was their first-ever visit,” Lee said. “We had parents telling us that they were grateful that the free hours allowed them to easily bring their children after work. We had more visitors per free hour than we did when the free hours were on Tuesdays.
  • the competing priorities of ideology, practicality and economics. By designating periods of free admission to attract the infrequent visitor, museums can more easily justify charging an entrance fee on a regular basis
  • Cool Culture, an inventive nonprofit formed in 1999, has created a family pass to 71 cultural institutions in New York City. The pass is intended for low-income families, and the program’s primary clients are Head Start and other subsidized child-care centers. Two-thirds of participants have household incomes below the federal poverty line.
  • Although transportation is not provided, participants can visit at any time and return as many times as they wish.
  • Cool Culture’s success is in the numbers: Families who have the Cool Culture Pass are four times more likely to visit a museum than families without the pass, according to Linda Steele, executive director.    
  • one might logically conclude that museums with no admission fee will attract larger audiences and thus have a better chance at earning more revenue within the museum: more visitors, more sales in shops or restaurants. Upon closer scrutiny, this assumption may not be true.
  • museum visitors who did not pay an admission fee were likely to spend even less on additional goods or services than the average visitor who paid a fee to enter, even they were not museum members.
  • responses from museums of various sizes, settings and budgets. The most commonly mentioned benefits of free admission were service to the community and accessibility to a more diverse audience. Increased exposure, attendance and public relations opportunities also ranked high, as did improved opportunities for individual, corporate and foundation support. The primary drawbacks were lost revenue and the inability to build a membership base. Security concerns also figured prominently.
  • Do Not Touch” signs in art exhibitions. Of the 15 responding museums that offered limited free admission days or hours, more than half reported a significant difference in visitor demographics: seniors, large family groups, school groups, disabled persons and drug or alcohol recovery groups were most likely to attend at these times. Museums in Seattle, Scottsdale, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay area all reported an increase in student visitors on free admission days. Sue Cake, a longtime docent at the Oakland Museum of California, observed that free admission days enabled teachers to assign a museum visit as part of a class lesson, likely a factor for increased student visitation at many museums.
  • can discount or waive admission fees on a case-by-case basis. “The experience should have value like a movie, going out to eat, a concert or any other leisure-time activity,” said Deputy Director Amy Oppio. “It is . . . important for guests to believe in supporting the organization and its mission.” 
  • Not all respondents shared Oppio’s view. One of the survey questions asked about the ideal admission fee structure. Of the 24 museums that responded to this question, 30 percent said that free admission is the way to go. Midge Bowman, executive director of the Frye Art Museum, responded that art museums “should be free as public libraries are. Without this open admission, they remain elitist institutions.”
  • ents we write and the act of imposing an entry fee,” she wrote. “Museums, if they remain oriented toward their paying customers will not . . . feel motivated to become essential elements within the community and an important educational resource for all individuals wishing to learn.”
Ariane Karakalos

Community Involvement : Discovery Center Museum : Rockford, IL - 0 views

  • Discovery Center Museum has provided after school activities within the Rockford School District #205 for the past 10 years. The After School Achievement Program is provided to schools within the Rockford School District that are defined as Title One schools. These schools are all located in predominately low-income neighborhoods and have a high number of children on the free or reduced lunch program, and have been placed on a statewide Watch List due to their low academic test scores. This program runs from September-May each year.
  • safe environment, positive mentoring and lessons that foster success in school and the community at large. Our program helps children succeed, develop a positive self-image and stay in school by improving their English language, reading, math, science and creative skills. Our program also teaches social and personal life skills, team building, and exposes children to a wide variety of cultural experiences
  • These after school programs are partially funded by the state of Illinois. Discovery Center provides approximately $100,000 of in-kind services for the five schools in which we serve as Lead Agency. This support is in the form of donated staff salaries, a free Family Nights at the museum for participating children and their families, materials, food, student incentives, contractual costs to other participating organizations, free admission to the museum for a field trip one time each year and free family memberships to the museum to all lead agency schools (approximately 500 families).
Ruth Cuadra

Anybeat: Your New Digital "Third Place" Online - 0 views

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    Social media app uses idea of "third place" (not Facebook and not MySpace) to create your digital home.
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    interesting-- will have to check this out.. (I did quick peek-- might be a pseudo dating platform?!) BUT could be an interesting analog for self-organizing meetings inside museums
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