INTERCOM - Leadership Challenges in the 21st Century
Vienna 20-22 August 2007
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Stephen E Weil Memorial Lecture
Photos from the Excursion and the conference
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Creativity depends on human imagination, inspiration, and visionary zeal and is the main source of all future growth. In the museum context creativity is the leading edge for all services and vital for the development of successful museum programmes that engage the public and broaden access. Without creativity, museums would be stale and dusty carers of heritage objects. It is therefore a main task for museum leaders to cultivate creative resources, mobilize ideas and make connections between different ways of thinking and different types of people within a museum organisation.
Leading Diversity Agendas
The roles and purposes of museums have radically changed over the past few decades. Museums as agents of social change have a moral obligation to seek to achieve a profile that reflects the diversity of society in all its aspects such as gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, economic and social status, sexualities or physical abilities. Museum Leaders have a role to play in creating visions, formulating strategies and implementing reflective policies that help to consistently deliver services which contribute towards a more equal society. We are looking here for best practice models, diversity strategies, case studies and examples to share experiences more widely within the international museum community and possibly beyond.
Stephen E. Weil Memorial Lecture
with Gail Dexter Lord, Lord Cultural Resources, Toronto, Canada
The lecture was supported by a special ICOM grant to celebrate ICOM's 60th Anniversary.
Photos of Vienna and the INTERCOM Excursion
The excursion on Wednesday 23 August gave participants the possibility to gain a better insight into management and leadership practice of some of the best museum institutions outside of Vienna. We visited
- Art Brut Centre and the Kunstlerhaus
- Gasthaus Bonka for a lovely traditional meal of typical dishes inluding the famous Wiener Schnitzel and Apfel Strudel
- Stift Klosterneuburg
- The Essl Collection of Contemporary Art
- and finally Aignerhof for wine tasting and the traditional "Jause".
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