As last month in the Digital Commons Community, has entered a new phase we are referring to as, Project #3. This phase officially kicked-off February 1, 2021 and since then we have been behind-the-scenes preparing our research activities and coordinating with our named research partners.


Obviously, 2020 was not what we initially thought it would be (when we were in the midst of forward planning and dreaming in December 2019). We are here now and in the thick of it for who knows how long. We have and continue to be in survival mode, but…


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In 2020, I read over 160 books — an increase of four books over the 2019 total. I suppose when travel is non-existent and any out-of-home activity is limited, a book may be one of the few places of respite. In previous years, It was difficult to narrow down the…


Do you recall your first online community experience? I do. I flitted in and out of forums in the late 90s discussing music and books, but it was not until I discovered a community of military kids that I realized one could find a sense of belonging on the Internet…


Last week, we asked our Digital Commons online community what book(s) they are reading that inform or energize. Why? Because we are launching a book club! …


Before one may design or transform an organization’s digital ecosystem, one must master the understanding of the organization’s terroir. In wine making, ‘terroir’ (ter wahr) is a French word used to describe all of the environmental factors that impact the growth of the vines / grapes and ultimately the characteristics…


The ‘CALM’ framework, as introduced in the , and then later fleshed out in my own Medium posts, may be adapted to many business challenges. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many museums struggled to think and plan strategically. Since the crisis we have seen a…


Last night, I hosted an experimental workshop inspired by to help a mix of former corporate and museum colleagues process their personal and professional emotions as a result of COVID-19. I was extremely nervous — while I have incorporated LEGO® into so many of my workshops and…


How do you shift pedagogy that is based on in-person discussions, the pin-up, and the group critique? Being trained in creative processes, specifically in the histories and methods of encountering publics, the built environment, and spatial transformations, the distance learning format can propose some unique challenges. …


Good collaboration begins by first setting boundaries to protect your time and energy — and then, observing the boundaries of others.

  • Acknowledge your energy levels (of yourself and others) — Cherish your peak focus hours and protect these windows of time for ‘’ (in the light of COVID-19, these…

Dr Lauren Vargas

#OnebyOne Digital Fellow: building digitally confident museums | Digital Dragon Slayer | Community Management Strategist | Independent Researcher and Consultant

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