NEWS: Trendswatch 2017 is Now Available: Your Annual Glimpse of the Future

March 3, 2017

The much anticipated annual report from the Center for the Future of Museums is here!  Elizabeth Merritt, Director of CFM, explores the trends, their impact on society and on museums. Blackbaud is proud to support the research and insight that the annual Trendswatch provides. Learn what some innovative museums are doing and explore how your organization can adapt and learn from the trends.

2017 Trends:

  • A Mile in My Shoes: closing the empathy deficit
  • Let Justice Roll Down: the next horizon of civil rights
  • The Rise of the Intelligent Machine
  • Reshaping the World: migration, refugees, and forced displacement
  • Failing Toward Success: the ascendance of agile design

Check out the individual chapters on Alliance Labs >


Download your copy of TrendsWatch 2017  and check Blackbaud’s annual TrendsWatch webinar hosted by Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President of Strategic Foresight and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums. Elizabeth is joined by Anthony Tomaino from Blackbaud’s Product Management Team and Jeffrey Inscho from The Studio at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh to explore how museums are experimenting with artificial intelligence and how it may shape museum practice in the future.



Blackbaud is a proud sponsor of AAM and the Center for the Future of Museums. 

“We are thrilled to support the research and insights that the annual
TrendsWatch report provides. Elizabeth Merritt and all of our partners at AAM
are moving museums forward, pushing us all to become better together, and we
couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this important work.”

—Kevin Knight, SVP & GM, Arts & Cultural Organizations, Blackbaud

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