About Museumhive

What’s Museumhive? It’s an informal gathering of people connected with museums to explore new community-centered visions for museums. We also plan to socialize and create content via Google Hangouts and social media in the process. IRL meetup + virtual followup = fun & effective thought leadership.

Museumhive is an experiment in the “generative meetup” focusing on the distributed museum. The Museumhive project will support six in-person meetups featuring presentations by national thought leaders.

The Museumhive process:

  1. Create a series of meetups in an innovative pub-like environment where museum staff and emerging professionals socialize and explore new visions.
  2. Use live Google Hangouts with national thought leaders to serve as the hub for each meetup.
  3. After each meetup, index and archive the Hangout video, summarize the event on a WordPress site, and invite additional contributions.
  4. Prepare a short e-publication summary designed to help staff connect the topic to their own experiences at their museums.
  5. Invite additional participation in future meetups, drawing participants further into an exploration of new visions of the community-centered museum.

Museumhive was envisioned and is project directed by museum media developer Brad Larson, working with the New England Museum Association (NEMA) and advisors Ed Rodley, Paul Orselli, and a range of colleagues and friends in the museum industry. This experimental format for hive-created content will be shared with other museum associations for national replication.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant MG-45-16-0029-16. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The inaugural meet-up is sponsored in part by District Hall, with additional support from Paul Orselli Workshop.