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These are some of the most thoughtful and interesting blog discussions right now (that we know of) related to the topic of heritage preservation online. Note the date of the post, as these stay up indefinitely. If you do find a broken link, and more helpfully, a better source for the info, please share in the comments section.
The folks taking the time to share their thoughts in these quality posts appreciate your comments on their blogs.
Paul Michael blogs about growing up in England, fascinated with the opportunity and diversity of the United States. But the corporatized American he discovered seven years ago deflated his dream. Walker writes about a documentary called “America Unchained” that follows Dave Gorman (yet another Brit),who seeks to cross America without spending any money at a corporately owned establishment. It’s much tougher than you think! Michael says:
“Life is about experiencing the differences and the riches that make us all so unique. And if I have to pay a dime extra for a can of green beans or a gallon of gas, well, maybe that’s well worth the price.” Read more at Zen Habits.
Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics and President of Heritage Strategies International, wrote series of blog posts on why historic preservation should be an integral part of US foreign policy. He also offers up 10 ways for the U.S. federal government to start, including: follow-up services for visitors, conference scholarships, short-course training, development banks, Department of Interior international office, federal agency expertise, a specific line item in foreign assistance, Ambassador’s Fund expansion, taking the lead on Habitat Agenda item IV C-8, and trade negotiations. According to Rypkema:
“If there is one adjective that describes the impact of historic preservation it is that one – healing. Healing our cities, healing our neighborhoods, healing our downtowns, healing our small towns, healing our economies – all by healing our historic resources.”
If historic preservation has proven to be such a healing tool in America, it needs to be a healing tool supported by America in the rest of the world..” Read more at Heritage Strategies.
Just when you thought she couldn’t possibly be any more inventive, Nina Simon kicks it up a notch with a brand new experiment in conversation: The Voicemail Museum. If you’ve never heard of Nina Simon, check out my podcast interview with her. With Voicemail Museum, she is looking to explore the potential use of cellphones as feedback devices, learn more about the relationship between feedback format and quantity/quality of input, and find questions that yield amazing visitor-created content. Simon says:
“This could be a really simple and powerful way for visitors to share comments using their own devices. The museum would set up a bunch of unique voicemail accounts for different exhibits and then post the phone numbers on text labels. A museum without a phone system could even do this the way I did: register free phone numbers with a web-based voicemail service and receive the messages directly to your email inbox.” Give her a ring.
That’s all from the Town Hall for now. Heard any other great conversations on heritage out there? Let us know about it.
• Image of Samuel Adams Statue by wallyg on Flickr
• Image of Melbourne Town Hall by Straußer on Flickr
• Image of Town Hall Sign by labanex on Flickr
• Image of Town Hall Sign by Bull3t on Flickr