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Forecasting the Future with History

Between 2013 and 2014, the Center for the Future of Museums of the American Alliance of Museums offered an online program to teach willing museum staff how to think like futurists. Elizabeth Merritt, founding director of the Center for the Future of Museums, put out the call for students and led us through this course by providing us with assignments digitally. Obviously, I was one of those willing students and I delighted in the course,…

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YOCR #15 – Think Like a Futurist … Like That!

I have a tendency to tandem read books. While I was reading “The Art of Non-Conformity,” I was also reading “Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn’t, and What’s Next” by Cecily Sommers. Perhaps the funnest class I’ve taken part in as an adult was one from the Center for the Future of Museums that taught futurist thinking. I loved, loved, loved the analysis and imagination involved with this class and earned a…

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