How to you pull people from different sectors together to build an unknown outcome in 3 days? Started with seeing tweets from France and then wanting to get involved in something I didn’t really know what it was. It is something you have to experience to appreciate. I went to MuseoMix in France 2012 and even though didn’t understand language, knew the framework was something that could really remix and shake up museums!
The key idea was allowing other sectors to have input. For our first year, it was a little complicated getting a community but I called in favors from friends and paid them with cake and smiles. I knew they would get something out of it. Up until our first day, there was confusion but with the framework that allows for growth with some guidance the community was able to achieve a level of re-thinking they did not think would be possible. Since then we have done another MuseomixUK and rebranded to Open Community Lab to branch out to health care and other sectors.
Video of Mar DIXON (Open Community Lab and MuseomixUK, UK) at the Conference Marketing de las Artes in Madrid 2016.
Mar Dixon is known throughout the museum sector as a prolific blogger and ardent ambassador for heritage and cultural issues. Her work includes running workshops based on a range of cultural topics and she has also founded several high profile projects such as ‘MuseumCamp’ and ‘Ask a Curator Day’.
In her own words, Mar describes herself as “either an advocate or a troublemaker, depending on which side of the fence you are on,” and there is no doubting her natural talent for encouraging people to embrace heritage and culture.
Digital technologies and social media are two of Mar’s specialties, so it’s no surprise to learn that she is one of the main organizers of ‘Museum Week’ (#MuseumWeek), a global project run across social media platform Twitter.