1 - A network of 80000 museums
In our map, the first space for transformation sees museums as a complex and dynamic system composed of a worldwide network of 80 000 agents of change.
Of course, systemic change starts with a step by step adjustments. But those steps should be directed towards transformations of the fundamental features and principles of the system itself. We should take into consideration that museums are not isolated entities and that they go under the same mission and role in our societies.
Museums are ruled by a sense of purpose which defines their programmes and actions. The Black Lives Matter movement and the wave of ethical debates raised within museums highlight it even more today. If every museum moves toward better futures for people and the Planet, we can expect a significant impact on our society.
2 - Use Your Voice
The second level of action called "Use Your Voice" recognises museums as public and civic platforms.
Museums are respected and trustworthy institutions with the ability to raise awarness and add perspectives to the public dialogue. Museums have the potential to help in overcoming political difficulties and become an accelerator for collective actions.
Examples of actions include creating a platform for expression and discussion for different movements, withdraw from fossil fuels sponsors or start ecocide campaigns.
3 - Act as a Neighbour
3The third level of action "Act as a neighbour" imagines museums as part of a local ecosystem, part of a neighbourhood. At a community level, museums can start to collaborate and be part of the life of the district.
They can create a community-managed resources centre with shared-equipment and material with the local organisations, sell local or sustainable products in their shop, run upcycling workshops, turn the green space around the museum into a community garden and offer permaculture or gardening workshops or even offer a climate-anxiety first aid line.
4 - Turn the Museum Green
The last level of action is "Turn your Museum Green". It looks at the museum as a physical space with employees and partners. Turning the museum into a climate-positive institution will qualify museums as examples of sustainable practices from the facilities, the office spaces, how they produce exhibitions, what they sell in the shop, and above all, how they care about their teams.
Also, even though we are all aware that cultural institutions are huge carbon consumers, we often forget their digital carbon footprint. Indeed, it is getting bigger each time one object from the collection is being digitised and put online, that one event is streamed or that a new page is being published without following simple sustainable web design rules.