Michael Edson (USA)
Director of Web and New Media Strategy, Smithsonian Institution
- Has worked at the Smithsonian for 20 years (his first job was cleaning plexiglas)
- The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world
- Has worked on numerous award-winning new media projects
Sharing is Caring: New Directions in Business Transformation
Time: 13.00-16.00 Tuesday, May 8th 2012
Knowledge sharing has been a buzz topic for a while; but many of you are telling us that this is damn difficult. Few have managed to make real strides, despite having spent time and resources on getting sophisticated technical solutions such as SharePoint in place. Why is it proving so hard? Learn from organizations that have embarked on radical business transformation processes and placed the emphasis on openness and sharing at all levels at the heart of the process. They will give real life examples of what they have done and how it has brought about important business change.
Michael Edson is the Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Web and New Media Strategy. Michael has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and New Media for museums, including content development, digitization, blogging, gaming, public access to collections, information architecture, networking, place-of-business applications, programming, project management, graphic design, animation, audio and video production, mobile platforms, and citizen-created content.
In addition to developing the Smithsonian’s first Web and New Media Strategy (this wiki site was awarded The best museum professional site) and the Smithsonian Commons concept, Michael helped create the Smithsonian’s first blog, Eye Level, and the first Alternative Reality Game to take place in a museum, Ghosts of a Chance. Michael has a BA from Wesleyan University.
Note also, that he has worked at the Smithsonian for 20 years (his first job was cleaning Plexiglas in the Basement of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.)
The Smithsonian Institution is an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its retail operations, concessions, licensing activities, and magazines.
While most of its 19 museums, its zoo, and its nine research centers facilities are located in Washington, D.C., sites are also located in New York City, Virginia, Panama, and elsewhere. The Smithsonian has over 136 million items in its collections, publishes two magazines named Smithsonian (monthly) and Air & Space (bimonthly), and employs the Smithsonian Police to protect visitors, staff, and the property of its museums.
The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world, and many of its buildings are historical and architectural landmarks. In addition, 156 other museums are Smithsonian affiliates. See also:
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