We know the coming decades will bring about massive changes that will create both stress and opportunities for our historic house museums. Recognizing and responding to future trends is a crucial skill for all history museums professionals. By employing futures thinking we can develop adaptable organizational plans, create more sustainable institutions, and better serve our changing communities.

This House Call introduces basic concepts of strategic foresight and examines how historical organizations can play a role in responding to, and preparing for, continual change. We will review helpful foresight techniques and discuss how historic house museums can integrate futures thinking into their strategic planning and daily operations.

Lisa Eriksen, Principal of Lisa Eriksen Consulting, will lead this call and Gwendolen Raley, Morris-Butler House, Indiana Landmarks, Indianapolis, IN, will moderate.

Lisa Eriksen assists museums and cultural organizations by providing foresight training, strategic planning, fundraising and program services with a focus on planning for a preferred future. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the project director of the California Association of Museums’ “Leaders of the Future: Museum Professionals Developing Strategic Foresight,” an IMLS-funded program that provided innovative foresight training to museum professionals. Lisa holds a certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston and serves on faculty at the John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies program. She has spoken and delivered workshops at numerous professional conferences and is a past Regional Chair of the National Leadership Team for AALSH. She will be presenting a full-day workshop, Using Strategic Foresight to Plan for a Preferred Future, at the AASLH conference on September 17, 2014.

Historic House Calls are online discussions featuring hot topics for historic house museums. Led by experts in the field, and moderated by members of AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee, they encourage attendees to join in the discussion.

Historic House Calls are free and only open to AASLH members.