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Nancy Proctor: The Museum as Start-up

  • Co-create Space (ground floor), National Library Wellington, Wellington, 6011 New Zealand (map)

The museum business model is broken: overly dependent on the largess of a dying breed of philanthropists and unable to demonstrate impact and social value to younger, civic-minded audiences, museums risk sinking into irrelevance as well as bankruptcy. With unique constraints that would daunt the most courageous of investors, museums cannot be run like typical consumer-serving businesses. But in this discussion of the future and sustainability of the museum model, Nancy Proctor will ask what museums would become if they were to reboot in the “era of the citizen” as “lean start-ups”: agile, iterative, and entrepreneurial in nature.

Nancy is in New Zealand as a guest of LIANZA. This talk has been organised by The Dowse Art Museum with help from the Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture & Heritage, and generously supported by the National Library of New Zealand. With thanks to the awesome National Digital Forum community, which makes events like this possible.

Seats are limited to 80 places so please RSVP to secure your place.

Earlier Event: February 13
Nancy Proctor: Keynote in Oamaru
Later Event: February 18
NDF Board Meeting