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Hello friends,
I've been thinking a lot about change lately—how difficult it is, and how liberating it becomes when we embrace it. One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to take on more work that advances positive change in our communities, and do less work that reinforces the status quo. My writing this month reflects that.
Please feel free to take a moment and let me know how this all resonates with you.
Take care.
Don

It's time to silence the cannons

It's time to silence the cannons
Historic weapons demonstrations are popular; I get that. Big old guns are cool, and special events where visitors can not only hear them go boom but wear the uniforms and light the fuses sounds like a great time. But something has been bothering me about these programs for a while now, and the further I delve into the work of …

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Staring down the rabbit hole of change

Staring down the rabbit hole of change
I am an interpretive planner and visitor experience advisor. I work with museums, historic sites, zoos, aquariums, and parks helping them evaluate and improve their relevance, revenue, and attendance. In other words, you call someone like me when things aren’t going as well as they used to—or when you have a vision of how much better things could be. You …

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Do interpretive signs change behaviour?

Do interpretive signs change behaviour?
The island where I live likes to put up signs. Our local parks are filled with orientational signs and markers—a lot of them—including some that are only marginally necessary. My favourite is a sign at the top of a trail, in front of the viewpoint. It says... "Viewpoint". We also have a lot of speed limit signs on the road …

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Evaluation: The Fuzzy Side

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In my previous post, I outlined some quantitative or data-based criteria for evaluating interpretive products. Many of us, though, are just getting started in gathering statistics and evaluations. If you’re weak in the data department, or your boss/client would like their team to weigh in with their judgment on the performance of their products, this article …

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