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Meeting Minutes
Torch Club of the Fox Valley
14 April 2016
Atlas Coffee Mill & Café

Notes taken by: Jude Kuenn, secretary
Attendees:  Karen Bachhuber, Nancy Bodway, David Debbink, Marcia Debbink, Paul Freiberg, Walt Hedges, Jean Jepson, Jude Kuenn, Cam Maurice, Mary Poulson, Richard Schoenbohm, Jan Smith, Bob Swain, Helen Thiel, Peter Thiel, Donna Weis, Sofia Wilson

Guests: Dick Fink, Betsy Dana, Bill Scheirer


Meeting called to order at 6:40pm.

Business segment adjourned at 7:05pm for dinner.
Jan Smith presented “WHAT IF: Education of the future were different? And museums played an integral role?”
Museums. How can they attract and maintain visitors? What is a museum’s role in a city?  Outreach? Ambassador? They are part of our civic fabric, creating community partnerships. Museums globally have ‘soft power’. They are a gathering spot for social interaction.

Future Museums – what could the next 10 years look like?

Drivers of Change

Events: Digital media forum – open source course offerings
Choices: Online courses as an alternate to traditional learning; affects collaborative learning

Helping to Define the Future

Where do Museums fit in Civic Mix?

What are 21st century skills needed?
Critical thinking                         Self-regulation                  Agility and adaptability 
Entrepreneurships                  Grit                                        Resilience
Curiosity and imagination     Vision                                    Empathy
Hope and optimism                 Collaboration                     Effective written and oral communication skills

Do we need a new structure of education? Museums do that!

Some museums have these trends:
Pittsburgh: You media spaces – project-based learning
Boston Children’s Museum – creative partnerships
Henry Ford – Innovation 101 (for people interested in new ideas)
Big Picture Learning: project-based

Moving Forward – one style vs. another
Vibrant – Integrated learning grid

Fractured landscape – many choices with little guidance

What can Museums do today?

Conversation to be continued!

Next meeting is 05/12/16; speaker will be Cam Maurice.
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