Goal 5: Turn museums as potent incubators of multicultural social bondings
The next generation of museums will be a bioinspired living system which is integrated into his environment and community.
When a museum reaches out to its community, it becomes a cherished urban feature and a social hub. When a museum becomes an active agent of its local environment and life we call it 'MuseumHood' (where 'neighbourhood' and 'brotherhood' come together).
The natural water cycle never ends and, so do museums. Transformation is fully-part of our lives, and museums are now ready to evolve and start their cycle inspired by Nature.
In this research program, we gather and produce emerging visions and practices from international museum experts on Museumhood.
➡️ Gathering best practices at We Are Museums
Taking the first step in the museum's transformation towards becoming a neighbour, we placed the necessity of connecting with our local communities at the heart of our international conference in 2018 and 2019. Our goal has been to foster the idea of museums embedded in sustainable, benevolent communities.
Tate Neighbours: action as a common language - Jane Wells, Programme Manager, Tate Exchange (United Kingdom)
The Useful Museum - Alistair Hudson, Director, Whitworth and Manchester Art Galleries (United Kingdom)
Meaning Making - Danielle Kuijten, Co-curator and acting director, Imagine IC (The Netherlands)
La Fondation Zinsou - Halima Onodjé, Fondation Zinsou (Benin) - in French
Curating Communities - Alexander Debono, Museum Thinker and Culture Strategist (University of Malta) (Malta)
Open Doors - Lene Høst-Madsen and Anne Marie Galmstrup, Museum Skanderborg (Denmark)
➡️ Permeable Museums
Research on social applications of the Life's principles and biomimicry thinking on museum models and practices.
➡️ Towards a symbiotic ecosystem at the museum
A 9-months research project in collaboration with the Biomimicry Academy Berlin
A living museum ecosystem
The research looked at how museums can become part of their local ecosystem and nurture a symbiotic relationship with their visitors?

By using the forest as a living model, the project specifically focuses on biomimicry for social innovation in the frame of museums. How can we apply nature's intelligence to human society, to change the way we grow our museums and lead the organization, to transform our culture and achieve social sustainability. How can we foster community-based biodiversities?