Changing Perceptions: The Evolving Role of Museums


Changing Perceptions: The Evolving Role of Museums

Date: Wed, May 09, 2018 06:30PM - Wed, May 09, 2018 08:00PM
Price: Free

Bringing together leaders in the fields of popular culture, museums, and philanthropy, our Changing Perceptions series of events focuses on the power of art and culture to shift perceptions and lay the foundation for a more pluralistic global society.

Held in advance of International Museums Day, this event explores the changing identity and role of museums in a rapidly transforming world. Michael Peter Edson of the newly emerging Museum of the United Nations talks about his experience with the social mission of museums in the international global space, and what happens when institutions commit to breaking down stereotypes and building bridges.

This event is free for all to enjoy.

Michael Peter Edson is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. He is the co-founder, Associate Director, and Head of Digital for the Museum for the United Nations — UN Live, a new institution currently being envisioned for Copenhagen, Denmark, and locations throughout the world. Edson was formerly the Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, based in Washington, DC. He is a Salzburg Global Fellow, a Fellow at the Getty Leadership Institute, a Presidential Distinguished Fellow emeritus at the Council for Libraries and Information Resources (USA), and the founder of the Openlab Workshop initiative, which is a solutions lab, convener, and consultancy designed to accelerate the speed and impact of transformational change in the cultural sector. He is also an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni, and was named a "Tech Titan: Person to Watch" by the Washingtonian magazine.


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