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Building Peace and Sustainable Development Through Water Cooperation

By Lucilla Minelli From Dimensions January/February 2013 Water is critical for sustainable development and indispensable for human health and well-being. With this in mind, and to accelerate the implementation of internationally agreed goals relating to water, the UN General Assembly declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation (IYWC). The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and... Read More

Should science centers and museums spend resources on hosting blockbuster exhibitions? Why or why not?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the January/February 2013 issue of Dimensions magazine. “If they had more special exhibitions, then we’d get a membership and come more often.” —Science Museum of Minnesota visitor, August 2011 Our most recent audience survey, conducted in 2011 (n=830), suggests that... Read More

Q&A with Denise Amyot

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of Dimensions magazine. Watt’s Up? is both an exhibition and a question that Denise Amyot, president and CEO of the Canadian Science and Technology Museums Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario, is trying to answer through a cross-Canada initiative. Amyot spearheaded Let’s Talk Energy: Engaging... Read More

In your opinion, what should every museum be able to provide for the “ideal” museum experience?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the November/December 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. My ideal museum experience is memorable. It requires only one cool exhibit experience where I spend significant time, engaged in a way that taps into previous interests and expands my thinking. It makes... Read More

Q&A with Laddie and Jim Elwell

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. Laddie and Jim Elwell grew up in the Eastern United States with ready access to museums. When they noticed a lack of such resources near Bemidji, the small Minnesota town they now call home, the couple took action. This year Laddie and Jim... Read More

Should exhibitions be the central focus of what science centers and museums do?

This is an extended discussion of the question that appeared in the Viewpoints department of the September/October 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. The central focus for science centers is serving the communities in their region. Many of the science festivals popping up in the United States are led by museums, reflecting the responsibility that science... Read More

Q&A with Nicole Lazzaro

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. The Greek philosopher Plato is quoted as saying that you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. It’s a philosophy Nicole Lazzaro—president of XEODesign, Inc., the world’s first Player Experience... Read More

Q&A with Brian David Johnson

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in the July/August 2012 issue of Dimensions magazine. The child running around your exhibit floor may someday become a driving force for forward-thinking. That was the course for Brian David Johnson, futurist at Intel, whose job entails envisioning what’s next for science and technology. To gear up for... Read More