Free Guide: Museums and Human Rights

I’m very happy to launch a new Guide, ‘Museums and Human Rights: human rights as a basis for public service’. Human rights are the only set of internationally agreed standards that set out how people should be treated, and what they should expect from wider society and from organisations and institutions. They can help to …

Strengthening resilience in organisations, society and the natural environment 2: the Ten Essentials of Resilience

This is the fifth in a series of posts on museums and disaster risk reduction and preparedness: not just of museums themselves, but of broader society. However, the information doesn’t only relate to museums so should be useful for others too. These posts and the resources featured in them are aimed at helping people face …

Strengthening resilience in organisations, society and the natural environment 1: the Sendai Framework

This is the fourth in a series of posts on museums and disaster risk reduction and preparedness: not just of museums themselves, but of broader society. However, the information doesn’t only relate to museums so should be useful for others too. These posts and the resources featured in them are aimed at helping people face …

Museums, coronavirus, climate change: understanding hazards and risks 2

This is the third in a series of posts on museums and disaster risk reduction and preparedness: not just of museums themselves, but of broader society. These are aimed at helping people face the future with confidence: understanding risks, risk, and how to address it to reduce its impact. In the last post, I went …

Museums, coronavirus, climate change: understanding hazards and risks to reduce them

This is the second in a series of posts on museums and disaster risk reduction and preparedness: not just of museums themselves, but of broader society. As I said in the last post, ‘the future’ is not something we can just leave to chance, nor do we have to. Knowing the risks around, being prepared …

Developing our ‘2020 vision’ to create the future through museums

One of the things I like to do to shift thinking or create new perspectives is to take ideas from one context and apply them to another. This works even better when you can make some kind of connection between the two contexts, even if it’s an abstract or left-field connection. This year, 2020, is …

Building the future we want through museums (and others)

The United Nations was set up 75 years ago to address the challenges that nations can’t achieve alone. But its work is not just relevant to nations, it is relevant to every sector and, indeed, every single person. Its work has a lot to do with museums, as they are both about supporting people’s rights …

Museums and the Sustainable Development Goals in the Global Week to #Act4SDGs

Friday 20th September marks the start of the Global Week to Act for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Global Week is a week of action, awareness-raising and accountability for the SDGs, the most ambitious ever programme to put the world on a path to a sustainable future by 2030. The  Global Week to Act …

ICOM Kyoto 2019: Curating sustainable futures through museums

I spent last week at the ICOM (International Council of Museums) triennial conference in Kyoto, Japan. ICOM is the international institution representing the museum community, including individual museums, networks and museum workers, with over 40,000 members in 20,000+ institutions, in 141 countries. ICOM was established in 1946, around the same time as a number of …

What does ‘Curating Tomorrow’ mean?

Curating Tomorrow is the core idea of how I can work with others to support their work. I’ll use this blog to share some of the background and the thinking. Curating Tomorrow is a new consultancy for museums, the heritage sector, and anyone interested in creating a better future. Curating Tomorrow is based on a …

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