@MarDixon

Passionate about culture. Champion for the next generation of Cultural visitors. Defender of Libraries. Digital, Wearable Tech Enthusiast. Sharing knowledge. Troublemaker and/or advocate, depending on what you need.
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    May 12th, 2015mardixonCulture, International, Personal

    voteOk, I admit. I was mad/angry about the elections. Mad because I spent over a year trying to encourage people, young/old and everything in between to vote. Saying how important their vote was. Saying how valuable their opinion was. Then the Tories got in and it was like collectively we all threw the towel in – or the other extreme was we got our pitchforks at the ready.

    Then I noticed that I actually didn’t know enough about those in office to have an opinion. Yes I know what social media was telling me but I had to stop and read things myself to get a bigger picture. And one thing I learned is I still don’t know but maybe, just maybe, we’re not dealing with the Devil here. Maybe we are dealing with people we need to work with to understand us. Naive maybe but really what is there to lose?

    One thing that I do know is as a society we are incredibly incredibly strong. We are survivors. I have seen so many examples of those who have been going without helping those who don’t understand this new way of life. Bartering is common place with many communities. Do we prefer money? Absolutely! But we also get that our skills, our talents are worthy of more than just ‘green backs’. And in-kind (used appropriately) helps build stronger relationships.

    I’m not advocating that no one should get paid – I’m advocating that we look to make positives changes while letting ‘those is power’ that we’re not going to being played a fool.

    We’re creative (or so I’m told) so lets put the pitchforks down and be creative about our approach.   Let’s not be reactionary but strategic in working towards a sustainable plan/journey. Let’s include museums, theatres, NHS, libraries, etc because all these resources are important for our society – and not just the UK.

    My sister recently reminded me that we were brought up (like so many) without much. But we didn’t know any better because my mom didn’t let us be defeatist. Even though we didn’t have much, we gave what we did have to those who had less. It’s about leaving the world a better place than when we got here. We can NOT do that if we’re fighting and bickering and claiming one resources is more valuable then the other.

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    via Darlene Cavalier to our mom on Mother’s Day

    I don’t have many answers – but do know we need to change our anger and our negative words into positives actions. Sooner rather than later.

    I’d also encourage everyone to follow @ILoveMuseums / I Love Museums if you’re not already.

    ilovemuseums

     

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    April 26th, 2015mardixonCulture, International, Tech

    JimFirst – a huge thank you to Jim Richadson and his team for pulling off another amazing MuseumNext conference. Every year I say it’s the best and while I know it has to grow I worry that it’ll lose that special je ne sais quoi. Not a worry at all. Jim brought in Kala Preston as new Director of MuseumNext and between them they managed to create a very large-scale international museum conference with a familiar and home-y feel about it. THANK YOU! (And bring on MuseumNext USA at Indianapolis Museum of Art this September!)

    hotdogsI have to mention the people. From registration to closing talks – so many familiar AND new faces this year but what was brilliant to see was the connections. Yes the regulars talked to each other but ‘newbies’ we’re encouraged and folded into the conversation. I don’t recall seeing anyone stand by themselves for too long unless they wanted to. You don’t get that at any other conference the way MuseumNext manages to do it. It’s wonderful to watch from the side-lines and see so many new connections and relationship start at MuseumNext. The key is to keep the conversations going! Read the rest of this entry »

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    April 24th, 2015mardixonCulture, International, Tech

    IMG_1606Just throwing a quick post on a few topics before I do #MuseumNext takeway piece.

    Graveyard of Directors:  We are haemorrhaging museum and art directors left, right and center and NO ONE seems to be asking ‘Why?’.  It’s not just one or two who have left – to be honest, I’ve lost track of the number which is a red flag in itself.  However, it’s also the demographic of these directors who are leaving. This is an international issue.

    For me, it’s almost like rats jump ship.  It’s a clear sign of something major is about to happen but they never say what.

    And it’s not just that they are leaving to retire, most are leaving for other sectors (academia or placement in other cultural venues but not necessarily a museum).

    WHY?

    Graveyard of Social/Digital Media Platforms: The other event / trend I’ve noticed is the retirement of many social media/digital platforms in favor of others.  I recently spoke at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Innovative Museum Leaders Speaker Series and mentioned that the sector has been burnt with putting all their eggs in one social/digital basket before (web site only, then shifted to one or two social media platform).  Now we’ve learned to not look at what is best for us but what is best for the people who will be using it.

    Each institution/venue/museum needs to ensure they evaluate their platforms and ensure that they are still right for what their visitors want.  AND BE HONEST.  

    Graveyard of Mission Statements: Ok, that’s a bit strong but really – the sector really needs to re-evalute their mission statements as so many are outdated and are keeping them from progress.  If they aren’t careful, they are going to outdate themselves so much they won’t be able to recover.

    Our society needs to be entertained.  We can look at amusement parks, Netflix, or even airports (as Shelly Bernstein suggests) but whatever is being looked at needs to be achievable and that requires an appropriate Mission statement that everyone in the museum/venue can work with.

    What are your thoughts?

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    April 15th, 2015mardixonCulture, International, Tech

    I usually have a theme or reason to update my site – usually around a recent campaign. This one is going to be a bit different.  Currently, I’m in Indianapolis (thanks to the IMA!) after being in Chicago talking to some great new/old friends. I’ve also been following a few discussions online and having some interesting conversations. 

    Language

    what do you meanA huge issue that has been surfacing again is language. I don’t mean French vs English but terminology and the lack of clear definitions to some words / actions. It’s not a bad thing but I’ve seen and heard many conversations lately where terminology is used so loosely without the person defining their meaning and assuming the listener was on the same page. We need to make ourselves very clear in conversations.

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    make things happeOk, we all know museum time is different than normal time but in fairness, they are trying to get better. Hm, I’m not sure I believe that myself but I have to try believing. Regardless – changes have been made and the timeframe from start talking about to start doing is getting smaller. Read the rest of this entry »

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    April 2nd, 2015mardixonCulture, International

    mw2015By: Benjamin Benita & Mar Dixon

    What. A. Week!

    Thank you to everyone who took part either as a museum or individual (or mascot).  Every single time another hashtag event comes around, the worry of exhaustion is always there … and every time you guys push the bar hirer.  Thank you really isn’t enough.

    When we were designing the week of hashtags a few months ago we can honestly say we were hoping to reach 1000 museums – never ever expecting the numbers achieved.  To be honest, our main concern has never been about numbers but ensuring it was fun, maybe educational, a platform for museums to share their collections and FUN (and hopefully not something that would burn any community manager out…).  The 1000 mark was to benefit the museums, not the campaign.

    Weeks before #MuseumWeek officially went live, there was a real buzz happening on Twitter.  It was so exciting to watch everyone sharing their plans for the week. There was a real collaborative feel – it was even crossing language barriers. Read the rest of this entry »

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    March 15th, 2015mardixonCulture, International

    image1One week from today, Twitter will be exploding with cultural goodness when #MuseumWeek kicks off.  With 1400+ museums in 55 countries signed up (and that number continues to grow) there is truly something for everyone.

    Mini FAQ

    During the webinar last week, there were a few more questions asked and I thought I’d share them here: Read the rest of this entry »

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    March 9th, 2015mardixonCulture, International

    With only two weeks to go the links and messages have been flying fast and furious.  This post tries to help keep you updated on the key points/highlights including:

    WebinarWho to Ask UpdatedFun FactsGetting InvolvedPress ConferenceOther Links

    Webinar

    Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 09.22.48Two free Webinars scheduled for March 10 (TOMORROW!).  This is open to EVERYONE internationally and will be for those wanting how to get involved and learn what the hashtags are about.  Tips/tricks will be included.  Use #QuestionsMW to ask questions.  I’ll be asking them as I speak but also leaving time at the end of the webinar for those not received before.  If you prefer, feel free to email me (mar@mardixon.com).

    Who to Ask – Updated

    See the updated Who to Ask page to see almost 1000 museums who have signed up for #MuseumWeek – truly something for everyone Worldwide!

    Interesting Facts from this latest update:

    • A significant jump for 799 to 994 signed up!
    • Columbia – double their museums to 78 signed up
    • hdr-funfactsChile, Hungrary, Poland and Tunisie are new to the list
    • Brasil has made incredibly progress
    • Italy jumped from 71-86
    • Japan had a massive increase from 18 to 43!
    • Luxembourg double to 2 signed up.
    • Mexico added another 7 making their total 18.
    • Russia is up to 15
    • Spain jumped 12 to 68
    • UK leads the countries with 216 (an increase of 31 signing up in one week!)
    • USA increased from 87 to 123. 

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    March 4th, 2015mardixonCulture, International

    CoverTwitterOriginal sent via mailing list:  Sign up here.

    #MuseumWeek is in THREE Weeks!

    With 3 weeks to go until #MuseumWeek, we have organized two webinars on March 10th for anyone who would like more information or explanations of what is expected during the week,

    We will explain the concept of #MuseumWeek (and why you should get involved), talk about the daily hashtags, and most importantly, take questions!

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    March 1st, 2015mardixonCulture, International
    Authors: #MuseumWeek Coordinator Benjamin Benita & Mar Dixon

    #MuseumWeek
    March 23-29 2015
    7 days of 7 daily Hashtags – But what do each of them mean?

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    Monday – #secretsMW
    Tuesday – #souvenirsMW
    Wednesday – #architectureMW
    Thursday – #inspirationMW
    Friday – #FamilyMW
    Saturday – #FavMW
    Sunday – #PoseMW

    Sunday – #PoseMW

    ‘Picture yourself in the museum, pose and interact with its contents and exhibits! Are you a museum piece? A work of art?.’

    Posing as works of culture; recreating works. Could be in front of or from online picture/postcard.  Try to mimic Van Gogh or recreate a scene from an art work. This is not a simple selfie day – you should use the picture to re-create a scene. Encourage your friends and family to get involved.

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    February 27th, 2015mardixonCulture, International
    Authors: #MuseumWeek Coordinator Benjamin Benita & Mar Dixon

    #MuseumWeek
    March 23-29 2015
    7 days of 7 daily Hashtags – But what do each of them mean?

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    Monday – #secretsMW
    Tuesday – #souvenirsMW
    Wednesday – #architectureMW
    Thursday – #inspirationMW
    Friday – #FamilyMW
    Saturday – #FavMW
    Sunday – #PoseMW

    Saturday – #FavMW

    ‘Share your favorite contents from the museum.’

    This hashtag is very broad and open because we want everyone to share whatever their favorite related to museum/art/heritage.

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