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Little Known Fact

This semester, I started a weekly speaker series at school called Little Known Fact.  Each week, a current MBA student at the Simmons School of Management gives a brief, informal presentation on some topic that she is passionate about — something that wouldn’t come up in everyday classroom conversation.

It’s a chance for us all to get together, blow off some steam, and learn more about what we do in the off-hours.  There is usually a strong component of audience participation to Little Known Fact, Powerpoint slides are strictly prohibited, and cookies, chips, and other snacks and treats are plentiful. That’s right, it’s that always magical combination: graduate students and free food!

This week, Little Known Fact featured my good friend Ashley Lucas, who played rugby in college, and who more recently played on a pretty darn successful women’s rugby team in the Boston area.  She managed to teach us a lot about the game in a short period of time, got us moving around (and wearing funny clothes), showed us how to do a “line-out” and a “scrum” — all of which I managed to capture on video for posterity.

So here you go… a little taste of what a little precious, rare downtime is like at the Simmons School of Management.

Many thanks to the Simmons School of Management for their generous support of Little Known Fact, to Tara Healey for providing the cookies and other refreshments each week, to all the other speakers this semester, and to Ashley Lucas, for a phenomenal introduction to rugby.  Music in the video is podsafe music; Sugar Rush by Beau Hall.

Little Known Fact happens every Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on the second floor of the Simmons School of Management building at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.  All are welcome, and attendance is free.


re-imagining museums

Photo by _Robert_C_

Photo by _Robert C_

Museums are changing.

That is, the smart ones are.

Museums are getting involved in social media, just as many corporations and brands are: some of them brilliantly, some less so, as we all stumble up the learning curve and discover that online communities are not just another place for an “e-blast,” an impersonal press release, or an automated newsfeed.

So yes, museums are using the tools of the internet to reach audiences old and new, to build their brands, to raise awareness of their programs, collections, and exhibitions. For a look at how museums are using microblogging tools like Twitter, take a look at Beth Kanter’s recent interview of Amy Fox, otherwise known as @museumtweets.

But a few of them are taking that extra step, and playing around with the implications of social media — exploring community-driven content, collective intelligence, crowd-sourcing, and more — and integrating it into what they do and why they do it.

Take a look at what Nina Simon is doing over at Museum 2.0.

And don’t miss Seb Chan’s work at Fresh + New(er) in Sydney, Australia.

And be sure to notice what Jake Barton is doing over at Local Projects.  You’ll recognize some of his projects, and, if you’re at all like me, wonder with barely concealed impatience and excitement as to what he’ll do next.  Wildly creative projects.

I’m starting to frame some research around this phenomenon, as part of my MBA program at the Simmons School of Management in Boston, so I’ll have quite a bit more to say on the subject over the months to come.

In the meantime, if you’re in the Boston area, and want to help get my research started, why not join me for an hour’s conversation about museums and Web 2.0?

I’m running two informal focus groups this coming Thursday and Saturday.  Details are below.  What do you think about museums, technology, community?  What can a museum be?  What should it be?

Thursday, October 23
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Room W-205
Main College Building
Simmons College
300 Fenway
Boston MA

Thursday Focus Group RSVP:

Saturday, October 25
1:00 ­ – 2:00 pm
Room W-205
Main College Building
Simmons College
300 Fenway
Boston MA

Saturday Focus Group RSVP:


Photo by Avolore

Photo by Avolore

Some of you, not a lot of you, but some of you know already that I’ve gone back to school full-time.  I’m now fully immersed in getting an MBA from the Simmons School of Management in Boston, and yes, that means I am commuting by bus, about an hour each way, from my home on Cape Cod.

I’m working as a graduate research assistant with one of the faculty at Simmons, Dr. Jill Avery, on some seriously engrossing research about branding, consumer-brand relationships, and web 2.0.  I’m also doing some projects on looking at effective new media marketing of cultural organizations, especially museums.

So the work I’m doing now is very much a logical extension of what I’ve been doing here on Small Dots, and I’m not going to stop doing it here, but I thought you’d like to know the direction I’m going in with my focus and my thinking, and the tools of analysis I’m getting down and dirty with these days.

If you’re like me and always wished there was more quantifiable stuff behind all this web 2.0 nonsense, more verifiable research, and more research we could be doing in the first place, then you’ll probably enjoy what I’ll be doing for the next little while.

Of course, the MBA program is pretty intensive, so my posting schedule is bound to change somewhat, as in fact it already has.  But I’m spending my days in a very exciting and energizing place these days, swapping ideas with some very interesting and clever people, and I’ll be bringing some of that home to you.

If you’re in Boston, and want to meet up for coffee, now that I’m there every day, drop me a line.  If you’re interested to see what happens next, as I am, stick around.

It’s going to be an interesting ride.