Michael Edson

Co-founder, the Museum of the United Nations — UN Live.
United States of America
Michael is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. Michael is co-founder of the Museum of the United Nations — UN Live, a new global institution currently being envisioned for Copenhagen, Denmark and locations throughout the world. He was formerly the Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, based in Washington, DC.
During 25 years at the Smithsonian (where his first job was cleaning Plexiglass for exhibitions) Michael worked on numerous award-winning projects and was involved in practically every aspect of technology and New Media for museums. In addition to leading the development of the Smithsonian’s first Web and New Media Strategy, first blog, and the first Alternative Reality Game to take place in a museum, Michael has been a forceful advocate for open content and the cultural commons. Michael is a Salzburg Global Fellow; a Fellow at the Getty Leadership Institute; a Presidential Distinguished Fellow emeritus at the Council for Libraries and Information Resources (USA); and the founder of the Openlab Workshop initiative, a solutions lab, convener, and consultancy designed to accelerate the speed and impact of transformational change in the cultural sector. Michael is an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni and he was named a "Tech Titan: person to watch" by Washingtonian magazine. Website: http://usingdata.com​, ​http://museumfortheun.org Twitter: ​http://twitter.com/mpedson
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Manege Central Exhibition Hall
1 St. Isaac's sq., St. Petersburg