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Hello friends,
I hope you are keeping warm in this delightful polar vortex. Since last I wrote, I've been working a lot in the area of representation, diversity, and inclusion, and doing a lot of consultations with different community groups. It is fascinating, and just a little bit daunting to see how far we have to go.
Also, I believe I mentioned that I was piloting a course on developing interpretive signs; that pilot is now done and you can see it written up, with participant comments, below. I'll be offering it again within the next couple of months.
Take care.

Do your staff represent your community?

The streets of Montevideo
What are some common barriers to staff diversity in the heritage sector? “We only hire the most qualified people, and they just aren’t coming from those communities.” This is probably the most common copout, er, response from museum leadership: we only hire the best, regardless of what their background is, and the best just happen to come from white, wealthy …

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A Community Advisory Group

A Community Advisory Group
It is becoming a well-known—dare I say best—practice in the heritage sector for each organization to assemble a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) advisory group. If you haven’t done so yet, you might really give it some serious thought. Who are these people? A DEIA Advisory Circle (or whatever they choose to name themselves) is a group of community …

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Organizational Values in the Heritage Sector

bridge, paris
In the heritage sector, values and brand are ultimately one and the same. If your mission describes what you do as an organization, both your values and your brand describe how you do it. That may sound strange: brand and values sound like two very different areas of concern. But I'm going to suggest to you that in the heritage …

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Interpretive Signs Course

Slug crawling down wildlife sign
In the last couple of months I developed and delivered a short professional development opportunity called Interpretive Signs: Attractive, Brief, Clear. We set it up as a two-hour webinar with a 10-word resource package in PDF form. The client group were 40 professionals from a variety of organizations in Atlantic Canada who write signs as part of their relationship with …

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