Thursday 10th December 2015 – Oxford, England
In my capacity as Director of The Charleston Trust I was fortunate to be asked to be a judge – or ‘dragon’ as the terminology goes these days – on the Oxford Museums Partnership’s superb one day workshop The Entrepreurial Museum at Said Business School at Oxford University.
The day was an ideal end-of-year ‘provocation'; an opportunity for participants from across the UK museum sector to re-think their operating models and re-imagine their systems and processes. To this end we were encouraged to continually ask the questions ‘why do we want to do this?’, ‘what is our end goal?’, ‘what is the demand?’, ‘how is supply happening?’, ‘what’s the gap?’ and ‘what will it take to meet supply and demand?’.
As ‘dragons’ my three colleagues and I were fortunate to have the combined brilliance of the course participants’ crowd-sourced solutions to real world challenges across our four organisations – whether around online ticketing solutions, managing with the ebbs and flows of visitor attendance, solving the challenges of external ‘PEST’ forces or how to maximise our investments in capital and human resources.
What was most rewarding though from this intense one day session was the abundance of creative innovation on display, a hugely positive sign of the resilience and sustainability of the UK museum sector.