Presentations and Conferences


October 28, 2014 - Keynote address at Internet Librarian conference in Monterey, CA

October 31, 2014 - Keynote address and workshop at Central Coast Creative Economy summit in San Luis Obispo, CA


October 8, 2014 - workshop on community participation at the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, CA

August 4, 2014 - keynote address at the Inclusive Museum Conference in Los Angeles, CA

May 18-21, 2014 - presentations at the American Alliance of Museums conference on “Hack the Museum Camp” and the power of small museums in Seattle, WA

April 24, 2014 - discussion at MCA Santa Barbara

March 25, 2014 - keynote address at the World Auto Museum Conference in Los Angeles, CA

January 30, 2014 - talk at Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto, ON

January 29, 2014 - opening plenary at the Ontario Library Association Super-Conference in Toronto, ON

January 27, 2014 - presentation at Seton Hall Museum Studies Program in South Orange, New Jersey

January 23, 2014 - keynote at Association of Zoos and Aquaria Director’s Conference in Santa Barbara, CA

November 13, 2013 - keynote at Engagement.Next in San Jose, CA

October 25, 2013 - presentation at the Berkeley Festival of Ideas

October 19, 2013 - keynote speaker at the National Docent Symposium in San Francisco, CA

June 8, 2013 - closing keynote on Audience Revolution at the Theater Communication Group conference in Dallas, TX

May 30, 2013 - workshop at the Community Radio Conference on radical collaboration (in partnership with Stacey Garcia and Emily Dobkin)

May 29, 2013 - closing keynote at the CalPresenters conference in San Jose, CA

May 19-22, 2013 - presentations at the American Alliance of Museums annual meeting on “What Does Success Look Like?” and “Risk and Reward” in Baltimore, MD

February 21-22, 2013 - Panel discussions and closing plenary at the California Association of Museums conference in Santa Barbara, CA

November 27, 2012 - keynote speaker for the Arts Learning XChange in Minneapolis, MN

November 12, 2012 - keynote speaker for the Taubman Museum annual women’s luncheon

November 11, 2012 - keynote speaker for the National Arts Marketing Project conference in Charlotte, NC

November 10, 2012 - keynote speaker for the Denver Art Museum Symposium for museum docents

November 5-7, 2012 - keynote and workshop at the Audiences Norway and Norwegian Arts Council in Oslo, Norway

September 13-14, 2012 - panelist and workshop at Pushing our Practice conference in Sacramento, CA

September 9-11, 2012 - keynote workshop at Risk and Reward conference in Telluride, CO

April 29-May 2, 2012 - presentations at the American Association of Museums annual meeting on “Museum as Prototype" and "Straight Talk on Museum Business Models

March 19, 2012 - opening keynote at the Legal Issues in Museums conference in San Francisco, CA

February 23, 2012 - visiting artist presentation with the Visual and Public Art program of CSUMB in Monterey, CA

February 17, 2012 - panel discussion with Maria Mortati, Phil Ross, and Mark Allen on “Making the Case for Experimental Projects” at the California Association of Museums conference in Berkeley, CA

January 17, 2012 - keynote at the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Silicon Valley chapter meeting: "Transforming a Museum with Audience Participation"

October 11, 2011 - keynote at the Utah Museums Association conference in Logan, UT

October 10, 2011 - Stephen Weil keynote at the Mid-Atlantic Museums Association conference in Baltimore, MD

Sept 23-24, 2011 - keynote and workshop at The Future of Public History conference at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA

May 22-25, 2011 - chairing two sessions at the AAM annual meeting in Houston: “Culture Shock: Empowering Staff to Take Creative Risks” and “Questioning Assumptions: Alternative Futures for Museums”

April 26, 2011 - panel discussion on the future of information needs in Santa Cruz (hosted by Santa Cruz NEXT, held at The Museum of Art & History)

April 22, 2011 - talk and workshop - The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in Philadelphia

April 18, 2011 - keynote and workshop - Connecticut Humanities Council in Hartford (with a lunch presentation by the Chairman of the NEH)

April 13, 2011 - keynote speaker - Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan annual meeting in Detroit

March 31, 2011 - keynote speaker - Association of Swedish Museums in Stockholm

January 11, 2011 - free lecture in Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center

December 13, 2010 - free talk and book signing at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh, PA

December 7, 2010 - free webinar with MIDEA on Motivating Participation

November 25, 2010 - keynote speaker - NODEM conference in Copenhagen, Denmark

November 17, 2010 - free lecture at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, Spain

November 14, 2010 - free afternoon lecture at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD

November 8, 2010 - keynote speaker and workshop - Smith Symposium at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA

November 4, 2010 - keynote speaker - New Mexico Museums Association in Las Vegas, NM

October 28, 2010 - keynote speaker - British Columbia Museums Association in Nanaimo, Canada

October 26, 2010 - keynote speaker - Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Symposium in Denver, Colorado

October 22, 2010 - keynote speaker/workshop for the Libraries of Eastern Oregon in Pendleton, Oregon

October 8, 2010 - keynote speaker - Ontario Museums Association in Toronto, Canada

September 28, 2010 -  free lecture on The Participatory Museum at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor 

September 24, 2010 - keynote speaker - Alberta Museums Association in Edmonton, Canada

September 20, 2010 - free panel discussion with Kathleen McLean and Anne Bast (SFMOMA) at the Creative Commons salon at GAFFTA in San Francisco, CA

July 22, 2010 - free lecture on The Participatory Museum at the Taylor Community Center in St. Louis, MO

June 24, 2010 - workshop and lecture on design for participation - The Museum of Art & History and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries in Santa Cruz, CA

June 17, 2010 - keynote speaker - Washington Museum Association conference in Gig harbor, WA on "Collaboration with a small c" 

May 23-26, 2010 - "Design for Participation" and "Beyond the Shiny Object: Mission-Driven Museum Technology Development" - American Association of Museums in Los Angeles, CA

May 17, 2010 - keynote speaker - NYC Museum Educator Roundtable in New York, New York, free lecture on The Participatory Museum at the Whitney Museum

May 6, 2010 - free lecture on The Participatory Museum at JFKU

April 22-23, 2010 - free lecture on The Participatory Museum at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (April 22), free workshop on “Listening to Visitors” at the National Postal Museum (April 23) (slides for workshop)

April 14-17, 2010 - workshop on Design for Participation - Museums and the Web conference in Denver, CO

April 7, 2010 - guest speaker, CSU East Bay Multimedia Graduate program

March 17, 2010 - keynote speaker, “Where are Museums Going?” - Texas Association of Museums conference in College Station, TX (slides)

March 9, 2010 - speaker, “Design for Social Interactions” - BayCHI in Palo Alto, CA (slides with synced audio)

March 4-5, 2010 - keynote speaker, “Three Technologies Museums Need” - California Association of Museums conference in San Jose, CA (slides)

Nov 25, Nov 27, and Dec 14, 2009 - open seminars on “Engaging Museum Audiences” for cultural professionals at Te Papa, the Christchurch Art Gallery, and the Museum of Transportation and Technology in New Zealand. Sponsored by Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi. (slides)

December 9, 2009 - “The Participatory Museum” open seminar at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, AU

November 23-24, 2009 - keynote speaker National Digital Forum in Wellington, New Zealand - “Making Risky Projects Possible” (slides)

November 7, 2009 - panelist at The Museum Strikes Back seminar in Santa Cruz, CA

October 31-November 3, 2009 - “Designing Questions,” (slides) “Bridging Online/Onsite Experiences,” (slides) and “IMLS Report on 21st Century Skills” (report) - Association of Science and Technology Centers annual meeting in Fort Worth, TX

October 22-23, 2009 - keynote speaker/instigator at MuseumNext in Newcastle, UK (slides)

October 1, 2009 - running participatory workshop at Women in Business Leadership Forum in Santa Cruz, CA

May 31-June 2, 2009 - Creativity and Collaboration NAME retreat in Monterey, CA

May 18, 2009 -“Everyone’s Smithsonian” lecture at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (slides and video)

April 30-May 4, 2009 - “Eye on Design” (slides) and “Co-Creating Visitor Experiences” (presentation)  - American Association of Museums annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA

April 14-18, 2009 - “Going Analog” (presentation and paper) - Museums and the Web conference in Indianapolis, IA

April 1, 2009 - “Beyond the Hype: Strategic Approaches to Social Media” - Wallace Foundation Arts Grantees conference in Philadelphia, PA

March 30, 2009 - “Becoming Generous Thieves” (presentation) - keynote speaker at Museums in Conversation conference in Tarrytown, NY

March 27-29, 2009 - FooEast in Cambridge, MA

February 25-27, 2009 - “Making Web 2.0 Work for Your Institution (For Free)” and “Online Communities and the Institution” - IMLS WebWise conference in Washington DC

December 11-12, 2008 - Future of the Tropenmuseum symposium in Amsterdam, NL, organized by the Tropenmuseum

November 14, 2008 - “Ten Tips for Museums in Thinking about Social Technology” (slides) - keynote at Kom je Ook? symposium in Amsterdam, NL, organized by Mediamatic

Oct 18-21, 2008 - “You Can’t Do That in Museums!” (slides) and “Web 2.0 - What’s Next?” - Association of Science and Technology Centers annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA

June 15-18, 2008 - “Small-Scale Innovation” (slides) - Science Center World Congress in Toronto

April 27-30, 2008 - “Eye on Design” (slides) and “Charting New Territory in Virtual Worlds” (slides) - American Associations of Museums annual meeting in Denver, CO

April 5-7, 2008 - “Creating Exhibitions with Web 2.0” (slides) and “Free Tech Tools for Exhibit Design” (slides) - Creating Exhibitions conference in Philadelphia, PA

posted : Wednesday, October 29th, 2008