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