Our mission: to turn museums and their local communities into climate leaders, and foster systemic changes towards a climate-resilient future.

A series of events designed by EIT Climate-KIC and We Are Museums

This project aims to produce a series of small-scale workshops happening across Europe, each time bringing together 25 museum decision-makers, working together to create simple actions and take-outs,  immediately implementable in any museum – small or large and encouraging their communities to move towards a climate-friendly future.

By combining the expertise of EIT Climate-KIC with the international community of We Are Museums, we want to construct a blueprint for a better future.

NEXT EVENT:

21-24 November 2019 at the Futurium, Berlin, Germany

The pilot event will take place at the Futurium, the recently-opened and future-focused museum in Berlin. We will welcome around 25 museum experts with expertise around climate action and community engagement, as well as a variety of experts like architects, journalists, systemic innovation designers, and more.

Thursday 21st November

Visit of the Futurium and dinner at Frea Restaurant for the introductions and skills harvest

Friday 22nd November

Workshop at the Futurium:

  • Mapping the field
  • Museums Facing Extinction Provocations
  • Unpacking the solutions
  • Harvesting and prioritising solutions

Saturday 23d November

Workshop at the Futurium:

  • Toolkit content generation
  • Pro action café
  • Understanding impact
  • Design of the Toolkits for 4 Universal Actions

Visit of Rekif Anadol's exhibition by LAS Foundation at Kraftwerk Berlin

Sunday 24th November

Working brunch at Lulu Guldsmeden Hotel:

  • Distribution planning
  • Closing Circle

A key factor of the success of this series of events is the diffusion potential of our dissemination partners. We join arms with great partner to be able to reach out to an many museums as possible all around the globe to facilitate the adoption of our toolkits:

Climate Museum UK, Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice, UN Live - United Nations Museum, Natural History Museum of London, ICOM Sustainability Working Group, Museum Associations UK, Climate Museum US, California Association of Museums.

Find out more about 'Museums Facing Extinction'

When museums agree on actionable steps, we have the ability to create massive change.

In a context of high climate emergency, the potential of museums as agents of social and environmental change is vast. From their physicality to their voice as a large community of 80 000 museums internationally, it is time for museums to embrace this new role and embody the behaviour and values that will impact our future. Therefore, we wish to capitalise on the strength of the We Are Museums community composed of the most daring and committed museum professionals, combined with the experts from EIT Climate-KIC and their theory of change to construct a blueprint for a better future.

Towards a database of universal solutions for museums to take actions against the climate crisis.

The events will enable us to collect best-field-tested practices and produce a database of universal solutions. The goal for participating museums is to articulate and agree on applicable, actionable, but straightforward steps with micro to a massive influence. These results will be shared with the international museum community to ensure a maximum impact. This series of events will have the power to accelerate the fight of the climate emergency and extinction through museums, their neighbours, local partners, civic stakeholders, etc.

Constant revision of solutions

Each event will be an occasion to review the last solutions produced during the previous one to make sure the answers can be implemented universally by museums worldwide. The online portal of the solution database will act as a central place for museum and culture experts to get inspired, ask questions to the community and take actions. 

Four levels of actions for museums to act for the planet

  1. How to link arms and act as a powerful body of global influence on a policy level

  2. How to use our museums as a civic platform for climate action

  3. How to be a neighbour and give rise to local micro-communities as climate champions

  4. How to turn our museums into carbon free spaces

THE PARTNERS

EIT Climate-KIC is an EU funded knowledge and innovation community who’s purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation. They are Europe’s largest public-private partnership with this purpose – a growing pan-European community of diverse organisations united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at the climate change challenge.

Their Community Activation team is running a series of experimental sessions, like this one, involving pioneering thinkers and organizations across Europe. During these sessions, with their partners and community, they will observe and identify patterns, make observations and search for learnings with the aim of finding unique insights to support systemic level change.

To find out more, refer to the Transformation, in Time strategy.

In 2019, We Are Museums celebrated a seven-year-long journey going from a conference inspiring and gathering around 300 museum professionals worldwide to a movement of museums good for people and the planet fueled by social and technological innovations. 

'We Are Museums' aims to align museums as places of inclusive growth and sustainable development, where the primary metrics are about social and environmental impact. We strive to be a forward-thinking platform, reading the signs of the times and the shape of things to come. In doing so, we support the museum institutions embarked on change cycles that keep it aligned to its ethos, connected and relevant to communities and acknowledging the humans, staff, collaborators, communities and visitors as its central pivot.