Yes, it is fun to help paint a mural or construct a giant model of a molecule. But these activities also promote particular learning skills, create outputs that are usable by others, and promote the institution as a social place. The more you think about which mission-relevant goals you want to support, the more likely you are to design a project that satisfies more than the visitors’ desires to be entertained. As Geoff Godbey, professor of leisure studies at Pennsylvania State University, commented in a Wall Street Journal article: “To be most satisfying, leisure should resemble the best aspects of work: challenges, skills and important relationships.” Participatory projects can accommodate these interests and are often better suited to providing visitors with meaningful work than traditional museum experiences.
Having a wellness program is more important than ever. Your employees want it, and you know the great things it can do for morale, productivity, and engagement in the office. But there’s just one little problem: employees aren’t participating.
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