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.
It uses different methodologies such as community building, peer-to-peer learning, collective problem-solving, future-thinking, long-term thinking, resilience, behavioural change and systemic change.
We have been working on a transformation process, starting with the pilot event in November 2019 at the Futurium in Berlin (Step 1), followed by a series of local awareness-building events in Australia, Sweden, France and Germany. A series of small-scale workshops happening across Europe (Step 2 &3 ) is currently under production in Lithuania and France. Next in line will be testing & implementing actions and solutions (Step 4) and revision of systemic impact and global sharing of best practices (Step 5).
In these resources, you will find short videos easy from key museum experts explaining what they have done in their institutions and provocating the museum sector to act, five levels of actions with examples, a suggestion of format to organise your event and visuals to promote it. These content are available online and free to use.
We partnered with EIT Climate-KIC to produce a multi-year programme to guide museums towards better futures.
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.
Pilot event – International mapping, key principles, levels of actions
Our pilot event took place at the Futurium in Berlin from 21 to 25 November 2019 and gathered around 25 museum experts with expertise around climate action and community engagement, as well as a variety of experts like architects, journalists and systemic innovation designers.
We run research on the current state of the museum industry within the scope of the climate emergency. We discussed the key principles of behaviour, values and actions of museums to move towards a climate-resilient future, the strengths and sore points of the industry and the possible levels of actions.
Available for the community: Examples from international experts in videos + 5 levels of actions detailed
Raise awareness, start the discussions, local mapping
Museums and cultural institutions can use the resources produced during the pilot event to organise Reaction Events for their teams, museum colleagues or local key cultural leaders and practitioners.
By doing so, a first mapping of the local actors and practices will be produced.
Suggested formats: team meeting, micro-conference, panel discussion
Identify local priorities and capacities, produce solutions, actions, toolkits
After mapping the current state of the museum community, museums will understand their local priorities and capacities (strategic decisions, human resources, skills, financial capacities, etc.). Within the frame of one or two levels of action or challenges, the team will produce practical take-outs to start acting towards a climate-resilient future.
Suggested formats: 2 or 3 days workshop with participants coming from local and international museums, experts in systemic change, social impact, community engagement, biomimicry, scientists, artists, activists, etc. + public event
Use, test, adapt, review, revise + document
Each workshop will generate a list of practical actions, solutions or toolkits ready to be adopted and adapted in order to be used by the museum. Each case will provide documentation and recommendation on how to review and revise it.
Share revisions with the global community
It is with the transformation of simple local actions into a large database of tested and proved solutions that the museum community will be able to foster systemic change. The local variety of the “Museums Facing Extinction” programmes combined with the quality of revision ensure the so-researched impacts.
The pilot event took place at the Futurium, the recently-opened and future-focused museum in Berlin. We welcomed 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.