Empathy as Disruptive Innovation

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
225 America's Center
Description
Understanding the conditions that foster empathy might be the disruptive innovation that inspires solutions to a range of local and global challenges. Museums can contribute to human socioemotional development that advances positive societal progress through experiential learning, narratives about shared humanity and our planet, and by acting as forums for reflection and dialogue. Four museum representatives examine the role of empathy as an institutional core value; as integral to the curatorial, design, and educational program development processes; and as an intentional outcome in behavioral change.
Learner Outcome
  1. Understand the role of empathy in museum setting: as an institutional value, a part of the educational process, and an intentional outcome.
  2. Find ideas for immediately implementing empathy in personal, professional, and institutional behavior.
  3. Understand the role of empathy in social entrepreneurship, innovation, and shaping the future workforce as they might apply to the museum's social relevance and sustainability.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Adam Rozan
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Audience Engagement
Organization: 
Worcester Art Museum
Bio
Director of Audience Engagement, Worcester Art Museum
Presenter: 
Elif Gokcigdem
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Independent Scholar
Bio
Author, Independent Scholar
Presenter: 
Emlyn Koster
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Bio
Director, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Presenter: 
Jonathan Carfagno
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Hickory Museum of Art
Bio
Director of Learning and Audience Engagement, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Presenter: 
Ruth Shelly
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Portland Children's Museum
Bio
Ruth Shelly is executive director of the Portland Children's Museum and AAM Board Member. Her dual interest in art and zoology led her to a career in exhibit design in museums across the country, before settling for a decade at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. From 2003-2013 she was executive director of Madison Children's Museum which under her tenure was the recipient of the National Medal for Museum & Library Service.