Museums and other cultural heritage organisations have a pivotal role to play in the SDGs, not in the least by using their expertise to make global challenges locally relevant.
Over the summer, I explored the relationship between museums and the SDGs, and where they can make a difference. The posts and ensuing social media conversations have connected me with a budding network of museums professionals passionate about sustainable development and brought me in touch with inspirational projects around the world.
As the SDGs tackle enormous challenges (zero hunger, gender equality, climate action), they may seem daunting to many museum professionals. After all, how can a museum contribute to achieving zero hunger? How can a cultural heritage site reduce inequality? This ‘how’ is the topic of this third post in the series.
Advance warning: the answer may be underwhelming. There are no clear-cut recipes for programmes or exhibitions that will help you address the SDGs in your organisation. With 169 targets and at least five principal museum functions, the opportunities are endless.
Instead, a better guideline for taking action may be to consider what values a good project or initiative may have, and under what conditions a museum can take action on the SDGs. I believe these include the following:Continue Reading Read More »