Being an #osherfellow @Exploratorium Part 5: Visitors and difficult topics

ipsos 2Question: How can we find less intimidating ways for visitors to talk with staff, experts and each other about the ‘hard’ stuff?

Answer: I’m just posting a quick set of links here (mostly due to time constraints). I’m also in the midst writing up some separate research I’m doing into “calls to action”, so will hopefully post that soon:

Question: Are we better off trying to actively design an experience that encourages visitors to engage in dialogue, or do we just enable it to happen serendipitously?

Answer: I don’t know! I do know that trying to ‘force’ unnatural behaviour is never going to work, but this is a question I’ll think a little more about.

It’s my final day at the Exploratorium, but there are still a few more posts to come – follow #osherfellow on Twitter for updates.

2 thoughts on “Being an #osherfellow @Exploratorium Part 5: Visitors and difficult topics

  1. lyndalllinaker says:

    I can think of a few museums dealing with difficult subjects that do a great job in “starting the difficult conversations”. Most recently the Museum of the African American in Washington. Firstly we did the really tough history spiralling up from the lower levels. Lots of places to stop and watch video or listen to audio. Wonderful big space to sit and reflect around a waterfall and the move to the top levels to celebrate the arts, sport and culture and all the great things that African Americans have contributed to the US as a whole. Great design – well thought out and constructed. Quite confronting and thought provoking and at the same time I walked out feeling positive.

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