Making the Workplace We Want

For more on this session see What does a genuinely human-centered workplace feel like—and what can you do to create it? Focusing on positive cultural and operational change for digital staff in the museum workplace, this unconference-style session will include group brainstorms and hands-on activities that explore how meaningful change can happen through small, generous actions from individuals across the org chart. We’ll generate ideas for concrete actions we can take right now around the conference themes. The following three themes are proposed, but will be open for referendum at the beginning of the session: • Collaboration—Connect with respect and true partnership • Inclusion—Create safe space for everyone to participate and act authentically • Experimentation—Work from creativity and joy We’ll focus on fostering equitable work cultures that provide alternatives to the dominator paradigm. The presenters will also share their own successes and failures in their quest for culture change, with a focus on trust, open communication, digital literacy, and the occasional happy hour. Come ready to share your own strategies, aspirations, and gripes, and leave with actionable ideas for making your own museum more collaborative, dynamic, and just plain personal—including a commitment to go back and do one thing in the following weeks to make your workplace what you need it to be. --- Session emcees Greg Albers and Annelisa Stephan work on digital publications and digital engagement, respectively, at the J. Paul Getty Trust. When not building books or blogs, they often find themselves hatching up plans to increase digital literacy and joyful culture across the Getty. In 2013 they and fellow Getty tugboats, started the “10-Minute Tech” program of informal peer-to-peer training. This spring they put together the Getty’s first “Digital Share,” an on-site retreat for staff working on digital projects, that featured lightning talks, tech demos and tours, small group discussions, and a reception. Speakers Session Leader : Greg Albers, Digital Publications Manager, J. Paul Getty Trust Co-Presenter : Annelisa Stephan, Manager for Digital Engagement, J. Paul Getty Trust MCN 2016 Presenting Sponsor: Piction New Orleans, LA