Interpretation is a diverse field. It’s what attracts many of us to this career and we at Interpretation Canada celebrate it. Our members work in science centres, parks, museums, aquariums, gardens, historic sites and more, interpreting a broad range of topics to audiences of all ages, cultures, and genders.
But is diversity appropriately reflected in our staff and colleagues? Do the experts we regularly hear from accurately represent the diversity of those who work in our field? Who aren’t we hearing from?
We will be exploring these ideas as we connect interpreters from coast to coast to coast during our 2018 online conference.
Keynote Speaker: Colleen Dilenschneider
Blind Spots And Brain Tricks: Overcoming Biases To Become A Data-Driven Heritage Organization
The human mind can be sneaky! Colleen Dilenschneider helps organizations understand the motivations, behaviors, and expectations of their visitors and supporters, and she knows first-hand that it isn’t enough to simply collect and interpret data in order to create change. Colleen is the Chief Market Engagement Officer of IMPACTS Research & Development and the author of the popular website, Know Your Own Bone. To be successful in understanding audiences, leaders benefit by first understanding how cognitive biases unknowingly hold us back from successful heritage interpretation and embracing diverse voices. In this keynote, Colleen will not only underscore why the use of data is important, but shine a light on the inner workings of one of the biggest obstacles to achieving success: Our own minds. Attend this keynote prepared to learn more about how to successfully integrate data within your organization, and ready to learn a bit more about your own mind in the process!
Wednesday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. EDT: Colleen Dilenschneider
Wednesday, October 10, 2:00 p.m. EDT: session TBA
Thursday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. EDT: session TBA
Thursday, October 11, 1:00 p.m. EDT: AGM and session TBA
Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. EDT: session TBA
Friday, October 11, 2:00 p.m. EDT: session TBA
Amanda Foote, Lougheed House Historic Site and Museum - Our Stories Intertwine: Interpretation from Personal Perspective with Autistic Youth, Local Community, and Traditional Interpreters
Ellen Gasser, Heritage Park Historical Society - Engaging Cultural Communities in Interpreting Living History
Reed Osler, Galiano Conservancy - A Story of Diversity: Interpretation with inner city youth on Galiano Island, BC.
Glen Hvenegaard, Univ. of Alberta - My staff don't agree withe me? Diverse staff perspectives on the target outcomes of personal interpretation
Registration now open.