This article discusses the idea of allowing ordinary people to become their own archivists, curators, historians, and designers as new avenues of audience participation in museums become more and more common.

The author discusses four ways that encourage shared authority including the internet, oral history, community-based programs, and contemporary art.

The article emphasizes that while technology is a major player in increased audience participation, public curation is something that can – and has been – achieved without internet access.

The take-home message from this article is public participation includes more involvement from museum professionals and, most importantly, includes a new way of looking at your museum and your audiences.