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Stanford Social Innovation Review

I know you’re all keeping busy this summer with internships, summer jobs, and beating the heat, but surely we all have some time for edifying reading, right?

The Stanford Social Innovation Review is a really great magazine with a great deal of application for museums. It focuses on just what it says – innovative ways to solve social problems. That can mean new delivery models for services, better nonprofit administration and governance, more creative funding sources, and a ton of other things.

The subscription is a bit pricey at $54.95 per year, but here’s the good news: you can log in via the Tufts network. Not only that, but their website is terrific, with lots of free content. Their blog has a wealth of thoughtful opinions about nonprofit administration – the kind that really makes sense and can make an impact, not the theoretical, airy kind. There are podcasts and book reviews.

There’s a lot to read there, but even sampling it and ad

Historypin Launches

Get excited, because this is really, really cool, and it launches today.

Historypin is a website that enables users to upload their own historical content – of any kind – and then tag it on Google Maps. It is then geo-cached and dated. You can layer historical streetviews over existing streetviews – or see the layers of history in a particular house.

Early stages of the project look to be a huge success, and it’s already received awards for its social networking capabilities for the nonprofit world. Historypin was created by We Are What We Do, a non-profit company that works on social issues by creating tools that can shift mass behavior.

Stay tuned here at the Tufts Museum Studies blog; we’ll be doing a more in-depth review of the site and, we hope, some interviews with its creators.

Free Fundraising Webinar Series

Okay, I get that fundraising and development isn’t everyone’s favorite topic in the nonprofit world, but it’s crucially important, especially in this day and age. AAM has partnered up with Alexander Haas fundraising counselors to present a series of three free webinars about how fundraising and development are changing for the years ahead.

There’s a full description and registration information on their website.

Atlas Versus The Cherry Tree: Museums, The Nation, and the World

Great event coming up this Thursday at Harvard – check it out! (Hat tip to Tufts instructor Rainey Tisdale for letting us know!)

April 14, 2011 4:15 to 6:00pm

Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building (Lobby Level)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Atlas Versus The Cherry Tree:
Museums, The Nation, and the World

Check out their website for more info on the panelists.

Spaces still open in AASLH’s Project Managment for History Professionals Workshop

Heads up, Tufts – this is an AMAZING workshop, and there are still spaces left. I attended the session in Atlanta at the beginning of March, and it was a useful, practical, and ridiculously fun intro to the world of project management. I’ve already taken skills that I learned in the workshop back to my day job. Best of all? It’s free. And they give you a $200 travel stipend. So what are you waiting for? More info below.


Spaces Still Available for AASLH Project Management Workshop

Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, MO
April 12-14, 2011

AASLH is offering its Project Management for History Professionals workshop at the Missouri History Museum, April 12-14, 2011.

  • Workshop is one of twelve nation-wide workshops
  • 35 total hours of formal project management training
  • 24 hours of onsite workshop training
  • 11 hours of follow-up live webinar training
  • Qualifies professionals in the history field to sit for the project management certification exam through Project Management International (PMI).

The workshop is free for participants through a generous grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). A $200 travel stipend is awarded to workshop participants when the follow-up webinar training is completed.

The goal of the program is to improve how history museums operate by:

  • Bringing in the expertise of certified project management trainers from outside of the discipline to teach the fundamentals of project management to history professionals;
  • Instructing history professionals in best practices for establishing project requirements and planning and organizing work to meet them;
  • Teaching skills that strengthen the processes history professionals apply in their everyday work including exhibitions, education programs, fundraising initiatives, special events, outreach activities, and collections-based projects.

These skills developed at AASLH’s Project Management Workshop are critical to the development of improved processes and, therefore, an institution’s improved ability to serve its community.

There are a limited number of slots still available for the workshop. Applications for the workshop will continue to be accepted until all workshop slots are filled.

Visit the Project Management Website for more information or contact:

Steve Hoskins
AASLH Project Coordinator

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