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All posts by Cristin Dorgelo

Valuing our Work

By Cristin Dorgelo As we spoke with hundreds of our members in our 2018 listening process, one consistent theme came up time and time again. In these conversations, you expressed urgency in joining together through the ASTC community to make the case for the value of our field’s work to funders, policymakers, and other stakeholders.... Read More

Setting Course for Our Future through an Expanding and Aligned ASTC Staff

To better support our members, and following our extensive member- and stakeholder-listening process in 2018, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) now is engaged in a transformative process to implement a new strategic direction. We are excited to share more details over the coming months with our members and partners about ASTC’s future, including our... Read More

Big Contributions

By Cristin Dorgelo The history of science, technology, and innovation is filled with novel ideas, creative approaches, and impressive accomplishments generated by small teams faced with limited resources and pressing challenges.   Science museums themselves are hardly small in mission or purpose, and yet most face resource constraints common to many mission-driven institutions. Doing more with less, working smarter not harder, and prioritizing are solutions we all try to apply... Read More

Future Thinking

By Cristin Dorgelo Charting a course for the future is one of the more difficult things we are called upon to do as leaders and as individuals. The futures of our institutions, the future of our communities, and the future frontiers of science and technology are inextricably linked. As we scan those horizons and set... Read More

Praise for Soft Skills

By Cristin Dorgelo In this issue, we explore 21st-century skills,often called general skills or soft skills. To thrive in today’s workforce, and to play a part in solving the tough challenges facing society, each of us must develop and demonstrate curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, persistence, and teamwork. As science center and related industry professionals, most... Read More

A Place at the Table

By Cristin Dorgelo The theme of this issue is “Broadening Participation.” What we at ASTC mean when we talk about broadening participation is our commitment to increasing diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of our work—paramount values in our increasingly connected global society. Our field has made strides in offering inclusive opportunities in... Read More

ASTC’s Statement on the Loss of Brazil’s National Museum to Fire

Cristin Dorgelo, President and CEO of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) released the following statement regarding the loss of Brazil’s National Museum to a devastating fire. The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is filled with sorrow on the devastating loss of the National Museum of Brazil (Museu Nacional) in Rio de Janeiro during a fire... Read More

A Daring Vision

By Cristin Dorgelo Our global community is three years into an ambitious agenda. On September 25, 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The agenda includes 17 goals with 169 specific actions, or targets. These goals, known... Read More