Are you working to make your museum more relevant in your community?
Are you wanting to stay informed of the latest trends and events, but feel overwhelmed by too much information?
Do you want to create a more sustainable future for your museum?
The coming decades will bring massive social, technological, economic, environmental, and political changes in our society and these forces will contribute to the stress that communities experience. The California Association of Museums (CAM) believes museums can play a role in preparing for, and responding to, these challenges by exploring where current trends may take us, identifying preferred futures, and helping bring them into being.
To assist its members take on such a role and develop 21st century skills, CAM conducted the Leaders of the Future: Museum Professionals Developing Strategic Foresight project to provide strategic foresight training to museum leaders, both longstanding and emerging. This program was funded in part by a 21st Century Professionals Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the James Irvine Foundation.
During this two-year project, participants learned new skills and developed the habit for futures thinking by scanning, researching, and identifying critical emerging issues for museums. Professional futurist Garry Golden guided the collaborative learning process, which included two daylong workshops and a virtual working group on the CA Museum Community Online site.
Participants in CAM’s Leaders of the Future project are pleased to share a series of Foresight Research Reports developed as part of the project learning experiences. These reports are available as PDFs by clicking the title of the report below:
To increase awareness and facilitate the use of strategic foresight and futures thinking as tools for creating sustainable futures for California museums a new CAM Foresight Committee has been formed. You are invited to participate in the conversation by joining the futures online group* open to all members of the CA Museum Community Online.
We hope you will join us as we work to turn the massive and expected external shifts in California into opportunities rather than challenges for our museums.
If you have any questions about the project please contact project director Lisa Eriksen.
* To view this resource, you must first join or sign-in to the CA Museum Community Online, a free online community. To preview this online community, see www.camuseumcommunity.org.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
What inspired this project?
In 2010, the California Association of Museums (CAM) celebrated its 30th anniversary. The American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) Center for the Future of Museums (CFM) and CAM marked the occasion by jointly forecasting the future of California’s museums and publishing a discussion guide titled Tomorrow in the Golden State: Museums and the Future of California. You can download a copy of Tomorrow in the Golden State or learn more about this project by clicking HERE. This project was supported in part by The James Irvine Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation, Gaylord Brothers, and the California Council for the Humanities.