The Museumhive Model: a Primer

We set out to create a model that combines two things: 1) the social engagement of in-person meetups, and 2) the insight from national thought leaders on the topic of museums serving their communities. And from this, we generate content: a series of videos that are annotated and easy to view. In shorthand: Meetup + Hangout = Community Content.

Some of the components in the model:

  • A series of meetups. In our case, six meetups with national thought leaders in the museum field: Nina Simon (museums and relevance), Kimberly Drew (black culture and social media), Beka Economopoulos (museums and action), Elizabeth Merritt (empathy and mass migration), Rob Stein (global thinking), and Emily Graslie (museum vlogs)

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How we set up Google Hangouts for Museumhive

One of the behind the scenes challenges for Museumhive was to make sure our Google Hangouts connected without a hitch at the Museumhive meetup. (The image of fumbling around at the keyboard trying to connect the presenter while and audience is expectantly watching over your shoulder motivated a lot of pre-event testing). And I’m pleased to say that with the exception of a few minor glitches, our Hangouts happened without incident, and are wonderfully archived on Youtube for all to see forever and ever.

Here’s the process I used to set the Hangout up.  (This is as of late summer 2017 — we found that the specific process seems to change a couple times a year as Google evolves the interface. For example, partway through the project, Google Hangouts seemed to evolve into YouTube Live. But with that caveat, this may be helpful to others in any case): Read more

Video: Museumhive Hangout with Emily Graslie

Another great Hangout session with Emily Graslie, a visual artist and Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum in Chicago. Emily is the creator and host of the Brain Scoop, and online platform which focuses on science and education. Below we discuss cats, science and advocating for more content creators in museums.


0:00 Introduction + short speech by Dan Yaeger, Brad Larson and Ed Rodley.

3:24 Emily introduces herself, and talks about how she got started with the Brain Scoop.

5:03 Emily talks about advocating for Chief Curiosity Correspondent (content creator) positions at other Museums.

7:07 Emily opens the discussion for questions. Read more