Museum Studies at Tufts University

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Food for Thought: FailFaire

I’m going to make what I think is a fairly safe assumption and call most of you overachievers. Grad school is tough. Museums are tough. People who do both have a lot of passion and a lot of talent. Probably you’re not thrilled about the idea of screwing up.

What if someone gave you a glass of wine and encouraged you to talk about all the projects you tried to push through that just didn’t work? What if you could be in a safe, supportive environment and discuss with other smart people how to learn from your mistakes?

That’s the idea behind FailFaire, which encourages nonprofits to talk about technology projects that went belly-up.

How can you encourage more frank discussion of failure? Even better: how can you encourage more failure? If you’re 100% successful at everything you do, are you daring enough, or are you just that awesome? Do you have to talk about failures in order to learn from them?


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