For this, the first #throwbackthursday (and blog) post of the year, I want to wish everyone a productive and fun 2018. Have been collecting a few 2017 wrap-ups and 2018 trends I thought I’d share as background resources when thinking about challenges and issues for this year and beyond.
McKinsey & Company Top Ten Insights
An interesting set of the top ten most read articles on the McKinsey & Company blog for 2017 and, unsurprisingly, digital is still the topic of most interest:
“This time around one dominant theme stands out: the application of digital technologies across the business landscape, and the pressing need for companies to retool everything from operating models to roles to corporate cultures.”
Something to bookmark and read on the way to work (or for me down in the paddock while shelling beans!).
Ten Most Popular Articles of 2017 for Cultural Organisations, Know Your Own Bone
Colleen needs no introduction, and here she lists the most read Know Your Own Bone blog posts for 2017 along with some trends and reflections:
“… overall, this challenging year was very important for cultural organisations. We had to ask hard questions. And it was done during a time when cultural entities weren’t necessarily at the top of the public’s mind, but when they also may arguably have been needed most.”
[Also worth checking out her most recent post on admission charges…]
Five most popular posts, Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice
The Coalition, run out of Canada, is a loose consortium of folks around the globe interested in climate action and how museums / other cultural agencies can make change. It is a good resource for climate issues, scientific references etc, and they have a pretty active Facebook group. In their words, the most popular posts from 2017:
“From the practical to the philosophical, from the local to the international, from big to small museums of all types, the first six months of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice Blog are full of promise. Here are the top five most visited blog posts”
Interestingly, number one is a simple summary of ten steps to green your museum – well worth a read and something to action in 2018 perhaps?
Dexibit’s 2018 global perspective for cultural attractions
Angie Judge, an analytics and digital guru operating out of New Zealand, takes a look at what’s in store for our sector based around tourism trends, reporting that: “… cultural and tourism attractions are in for a booming year ahead, with tourism growth and new builds set to delight the industry.” She also summarises museum developments in 2017. Some good news here!
Blogging in the New Year, AEA
The ever-reliable American Evaluation Association (AEA) published a useful post about blogging, with some trends and tips to help “blog-in the new year”. The AEA also publishes an evaluation tip-per-day (AEA365) and you can subscribe here. An incredibly useful resource for evaluators, and those who use/rely on evaluation and research.
What Google Learned About Employees, and what that means, Washington Post
A nice piece that challenges our ideas on skills needed by students (and also employees I would argue…) via Google:
“The conventional wisdom about 21st century skills holds that students need to master the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — and learn to code … turns out that is a gross simplification of what students need to know and be able to do.”
So, what are the required skills? Their research found:
“… seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.”
Although not necessarily new ideas (think Peter Drucker’s writings in the 40s and 50s about knowledge workers, neatly summarised in this HBR article plus some prior thinking and writings about skills needed in the cultural sector) still worth re-visiting.
Junior’s Annual Trends Booklet Museum 2018+
Junior is a design / R&D consultancy for the cultural sector operating out of Milan, Italy. They have put together a well-designed, easy-to-read booklet on museum trends for 2018 and beyond under three themes:
- Moving from collections to understanding the audience
- Museums going ‘out of the box’ and out of their buildings
- New museum business models
and with ten essential issues in the cultural realm:
- Serendipity Learning
- Embracing Diversity
- The Rise of Digital Engagement
- The Intelligent Tech Realm
- Rethinking the Social Voice
- Humanised Data, Humane Institutions
- The Imperfect Museum
- More than a visit
- The Meaningful Digital
- Tweaking the Museum Business
It’s a good overview, and even viene fornito con una versione italiana – brava! You can download the booklet via their website.
6 attraction technology trends to watch in 2018, Blooloop blog
A neat summary of technologies coming into play for providing great visitor experiences at attractions, including museums and galleries (and it even explains the difference between VR and AR which has always confused me!). Something to investigate further and play around with in 2018.
And two bits of sad (and unexpected) news about two online resources I used a lot – the sudden closure of the New Media Consortium and the scaling down (i.e. also closing!) of Storify.
There’s some updates about the New Media Consortium (NMC) on Bryan Alexander’s blog (start here with relevant links, etc) which I’ll also be keeping an eye on. There is also a nice Medium piece from Jonathan Nalder, Beyond Horizons?, reporting on some future-thinking around how to at least continue the community that has grown around the NMC reports and events. Interestingly (and somewhat puzzling) there’s no mention of any of this on the NMC website, so maybe that’s a good sign? Watch this space I guess.
As to Storify, here’s a post from the Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group’s blog that has some good tips and advice about what to do with your Storify stories (thanks Deb Sulway for the link!). I guess the best advice is to archive as many stories as possible and hope that something else comes along. Such a shame as this was a great platform heavily used across many sectors.
But, to end on a positive note, why not have your say about the future of museums by joining the #FutureMuseum project via Museum-id? Be keen to read this collection next Spring (which I guess is Autumn for us Aussies?!) and see what emerges. There is already some interesting essays uploaded. Their 2018 Museum Ideas conference also looks super cool (and relatively affordable!).
Finally, have an awesome 2018 and see you online, and hopefully in person somewhere (MuseumNext Brisbane and Museums Galleries Australia annual conference are two events that spring to mind). And meantime, if you have any 2017 wrap-ups / 2018 trends feel free to tweet links (use #musdigi) or add in comments below.