GEM Conference 2016 - Edinburgh
Adapt and Thrive
Weathering the impact of change on cultural learning.
GEM's 2016 conference is seeking answers to two key questions:
- What are the forces of change affecting cultural learning today?
- How can we adapt our practice to turn these forces to our advantage?
The conference will help us to think about change in new ways, understand its impact and explore how museum learning can thrive in these challenging times. Whether it’s hearing about current research, sustainability strategies or inspirational projects, Adapt and Thrive will be relevant and engaging for heritage professionals from management level to career-entry.
We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:
- Simon Skinner, chief executive, National Trust for Scotland
- Piotr Bienkowski, cultural consultant and project director of Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Our Museum special initiative
- Mark O’Neill, director of policy and research, Glasgow Life
- Mhairi Cross, chief executive officer, National Mining Museum Scotland
It feels as though heritage education is under threat, with many budgets being cut and roles restructured or lost altogether. The temptation is to hide away from austerity and hope that the changes won’t affect us, but maybe it’s the right time to reach outwards, to experiment and take risks. This conference aims to identify and share the opportunities that change can bring.
The following “threads” will be explored throughout the conference:
- Recent research and critical thinking about the changing context around culture, heritage and the arts.
- Innovation and entrepreneurship: practical ways that we can tackle the challenges of change.
- Making the case: how we can use advocacy and influence to shape a better future for heritage education.
The GEM 2016 conference will help everyone involved in managing or delivering museum, heritage or cultural learning to reflect on how we can best respond to change, and maintain the value and quality of what we do. We shall also explore strategies that can improve the resilience of our organisations. These are particularly pertinent issues at a time when the cultural and heritage bodies that support us are developing their own survival strategies.
We are now taking bookings.
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