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What if we thought of museums as “contact zones” for climate research, education and activism?

Such a fertile idea. About ten years ago I came across the idea of “innovation [happening] in the spaces between domains.” It explained so much about why curiosity, creativity and courage are necessary for creating change, how settings without answers inspire new thinking, and why edges are so important for contact with new people, places… Continue reading What if we thought of museums as “contact zones” for climate research, education and activism?

Part of the Solutions, Not of the Crowd

There's a lot of fossilized money. It comes to museums from companies and from individual owners and investors. Much of it was earned by those who had a full understanding of the devastating climate changes being created by the use of fossil fuels. Think Exxon and British Petroleum but also individuals. Many of those individuals… Continue reading Part of the Solutions, Not of the Crowd

United States Cultural Institutions Support The Paris Agreement

Courtesy, We Are Still In The New York Times reports that President Trump has just announced the formal process for withdrawing the United States from The Paris Agreement. Those of us who care about the current and future health of the only planet on which we can live are still going to do the critical… Continue reading United States Cultural Institutions Support The Paris Agreement

A Report from Climate Week + Thoughts for Cultural Institutions’ Participation in 2020

What the Heck is Climate Week and Why Should You Care? New York City’s Climate Week is an overlay to a series of high-level (international leader-level) Summits held at the United Nations Headquarters. Thousands of individuals, businesses, associations and countries take advantage of the critical mass of power – brain power and political power –… Continue reading A Report from Climate Week + Thoughts for Cultural Institutions’ Participation in 2020

Save Our Water Summit 2019

Last week I attended a cross-sector event highlighting the progress made in Southwest Florida this last year on water systems health and water quality. It was led by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. President & CEO Rob Moher explained it all perfectly: “This isn’t just for the professionals in the room.  This was really designed… Continue reading Save Our Water Summit 2019

Book Review: Curating the Future

Editors: Jennifer Newell, Libby Robin and Kirsten Wehner, Routledge: 2019. Environmental Humanities Series Such an exciting, encouraging book! What we all see and read as climate watchers is overwhelming, yet we frequently find positive work that defends us against the frightening aspects. I am seriously concerned and extremely hopeful on climate climate. This was reinforced… Continue reading Book Review: Curating the Future

Is Your Cultural Institution Wavering on its Climate Change Stance?

Health, peace, and education are the foundations for inclusion, equity, and access, all of which foster diverse organizations and communities. These are the building blocks of healthy societies. Those building blocks depend upon a clean, stable, and healthy planet. That healthy planet is critical for creating the society we want, and the society we already… Continue reading Is Your Cultural Institution Wavering on its Climate Change Stance?

Sustainability & Historic House Museums

Early in February, 60+ museum professionals met in Miami, Florida, for a joint summit, Sustainability: Governance, Relevance, and the Environment. Their hosts were Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, and two of AAM's professional networks: Historic Houses and Sites Network and Environment & Climate Network. Gardens at Vizcaya - careful and regular pruning helps protect trees from storm… Continue reading Sustainability & Historic House Museums

Planning a Lifecycle Assessment Library for Cultural Heritage Professionals

During 2017 and 2018 I had the pleasure of working with three other Principal Investigators to explore how/if to create a Life Cycle Assessment Library for the materials and processes that cultural heritage professionals use in their daily practice. Sarah Nunberg, a private conservator; Eric Pourchot of FAIC; and Matthew Eckelman an engineering professor at… Continue reading Planning a Lifecycle Assessment Library for Cultural Heritage Professionals