22 Feb 2018 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Leisure Opportunities issue 730, 2018 is now out!

Blogs:

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Liz Terry
CEO,
Leisure Media

Kate Cracknell
editor-at-large,
Health Club Management

Tom Walker
Journalist,
Leisure Media

Our guest writers:

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Jennifer Fields
Communications Coordinator,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Brad Irwin
Partnerships development manager,
Natural History Museum

Michel Buchel
President of Ecsite and CEO of NEMO, Amsetrdan,
NEMO

Julie Becker
Communications and Events Manager,
Ecsite

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,
Ecsite

Ian Taylor
CEO,
SkillsActive

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,
Springboard

Lucy Schweingruber
Fundraising and Events Manager,
Ecsite

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Shifting practices and techniques in face-to-face facilitation

07 Nov 2016
by Brad Irwin, Partnerships development manager, Natural History Museum
Many informal science institutions now deploy a variety of practitioners to participate in public engagement including artists, volunteers and members of the public

The thinking around face-to-face interactions in science centres and museums is changing. Previously, “explainer” was the go-to-noun for people who interacted with the public within our institutions, the key figures who were responsible for connecting scientific ideas to visitors’ hearts and minds in new and meaningful ways.

But, there are other approaches. For example, many informal science institutions now deploy a variety of practitioners to participate in public engagement including artists, volunteers and members of the public. Many institutions ask their scientists to spend time on the floor. This not only provides the public with direct access to expertise previously hidden behind closed doors, but also enables scientists to disseminate their work, seeing the impact it has on our visitors. The museum floor is no longer the reserve of the explainer.

Engagement techniques are also changing. New perspectives such as tinkering and making are emerging, and with new models of practice, new challenges arise. The way we think about facilitation, training and professional development is shifting.

European practitioners have come together to form the Facilitation Group, a dynamic “thematic group” banded together to address the concerns of staff who deliver learning experiences. At the Ecsite Annual Conference we challenged current and future thinking around facilitation and explored new and controversial methodologies. In 2017, we’ll push the thinking in this area, exploring the notion of the research-informed facilitator. Join the conversation in Porto, Portugal, at the Ecsite pre-conference on 13-14 June.

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