What good is a museum or heritage site in this city of gold, driven by development and aspiration, where history is for some just another word for outdated, while for others it is so deeply personal and familial that it has no place in the public realm?
The recently published Cities, Museums and Soft Power by Gail Dexter Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg is a well-timed book. A collection of essays explores the relationship between museums and communities, communities and cities, cities and nations and nations and the way they use museums as soft power tools.
Business and political leaders often talk about what their respective countries must do to compete in the world economy. But what does it really mean for a country to compete, and how do they do this successfully? Countries develop strategies to compete for the markets, technologies, skills, and investment that will
When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter Y2K to March 2004, what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events
In the passionate debate that currently rages over globalization, critics have been heard blaming it for a host of ills afflicting poorer nations, everything from child labor to environmental degradation and cultural homogenization. Now Jagdish Bhagwati, the internationally renowned economist, takes on the critics, revealing that globalization, when properly governed, is
Soft power is much cheaper than the hard power of military force. All too often, military force seems to fail as an instrument of policy and, as a consequence, it invites the view that it is becoming obsolescent and even anachronistic. Dr. Colin Gray subjects hard and soft power to close
Networks and connectivity enable soft power to spread its influence farther and deeper via Web-based networks and networks of cities.
Encouraging human creativity often requires confidence building, skills training, human networks, civic participation, risk taking, and intercultural understanding. Museums have great potential in each of these areas.
Museums empower city dwellers and visitors with contextual intelligence, enabling us to understand the past behavior and values of a society and consider how to adapt our own behavior.
In highly competitive, fast-changing cities, museums have emerged as a vital resource for developing contextual intelligence and cross-cultural skills.
The more money visitors spend inside the museum, the more revenue the museum generates and the less it depends on support from government, foundations, or donors.
“Creative tourists” are those who expect opportunities for personal or professional development while traveling, typically by interacting with the people who make up the area’s living culture.
Members of the creative class who move from one cultural hub to another following work, projects or studies: these we refer to as cultural nomads.
Only if we ensure that international exchange programs, educational training, and scholarships are available equally to creative workers from all social and national backgrounds will the phenomenon of cultural nomadism grow and prosper globally.
In some projects, far from being the ultimate end, the museum has become a mere tool, the means adopted in the pursuit of other, more ambitious, or cynical objectives.
Museums that produce and disseminate new knowledge are art of the sharing economy that produces goods, services and ideas to benefit society. This is a strong soft power platform.