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Repost: TrendsWatch Report from The Center for the Future of Museums

TrendsWatch 2012: Museums and the Pulse of the Future

trendswatchcoverTrendsWatch is a new annual report that helps museums paint a picture of the future, and find practical applications for the information presented in CFM’s  e-newsletter, Dispatches from the Future of Museums.

The inaugural issue of TrendsWatch—TrendsWatch 2012: Museums and the Pulse of the Future—highlights seven trends that CFM’s staff and advisors believe are highly significant to museums and their communities, based on scanning and analysis over the past year:

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Threats to Nonprofit Status
  • Mobile, distributive experiences
  • New forms of funding
  • Creative Aging
  • Augmented reality
  • Shifts in Education

For each trend, the report provides a summary, examples of how the trend is playing out in the world, comments on the trend’s significance to society and to museums, dozens of links to relevant news and research and suggestions for ways that museums might respond.

Download a copy of the report here