WICKED PROBLEMS At a recent Happy Museum gathering at Woodhorn Museum, Lucy Neal introduced the concept of climate change as a ‘wicked’ problem. Reading from Tackling Wicked Problems, a 2007 policy perspective from the Australian Public Service Commission she noted that the term ‘wicked’ is here used, not in the sense of evil, but rather […]
Common Cause Foundation (CCF) is working with Manchester Museum to launch a new conversation across the Greater Manchester region about what matters to people, and their perceptions of others’ values. CCF research finds that conveying an accurate perception of the depth of concern that most people have for values of social justice, equality and environmental […]
Happy Museum are delighted to receive funding from the Arts Council England‘s Museum Resilience Fund to support our continuing partnership with People United and in particular to launch a new Affiliate Scheme in autumn 2016. In response to global challenges such as climate change and financial instability there is a vital need to develop resilience in museums and their communities. There […]
#OneLess campaign is setting out to rid London of single-use plastic water bottles by 2021 – is this an opportunity for museums nationally to make a similar pledge? “Every piece of plastic ever made still exists.” This is the sentence that resonated the most with my colleagues from the V&A when we attended the launch […]
Hosted at the London Transport Museum in 2016, Happy and Green drew connections between Sustainability and Wellbeing in supporting individual, institutional and societal resilience – and considered the particular role that culture can play. A day rich in provocation and discussion bringing together thinkers from the fields of policy and practice; public sector and private sector; […]
This case study looks at how a partnership between a research institute and a museum led to the development of a software app that allows visitors to ‘tag’ objects and artworks with their own commentary. The app was tested to see if it increased audience engagement.
Jonathan Rowson of the RSA said ‘the essence of the climate change challenge is the wrong kind of energy (fossil fuels) in the wrong kind of economy (fixated with GDP) pursuing the wrong kind of objective (consumption without end)’ In the light of this challenge, and in an increasing number and range of contexts, people […]
‘How long was your journey to get here today?’ was the first question a room full of museum and cultural professionals were posed on a wet March 1st in Birmingham’s Fazeley Studios. Responses ranged from ‘half an hour’ to ‘I was up so early I can no longer remember!’ As well as providing an opportunity […]