Just me messing around, mostly as a way to remember things I've seen.

Michael Peter Edson

Twitter: @mpedson
Presentations on SlideShare
Email: usingdata at gmail dot com
bio at the bottom of the page

I'm a co-founder of the newly forming Museum for the United Nations – UN Live
My TEDx talk about it here.

I was formerly the Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution. (My first job at the Smithsonian was cleaning Plexiglass.)

I'm writing The Age of Scale, a book about scope, scale, and speed. Read the Foreword here.

I'm a Salzburg Global Fellow.

I'm a 2017—2018 Fellow at the Getty Leadership Institute, Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University.

I'm a Distinguished Presidential Fellow (emeritus) at the Council on Library and Information Services (USA).

I'm the instigator of the Openlab Workshop.

I'm on advisory boards for City of Copenhagen History and Culture institutions (Københavns Kommune Historie & Kunst); the Saxo Institute's Past's Future project; Greenhouse Studios at the University of Connecticut; and more.

I'm a juror for the MacArthur Foundation's $100m 100&Change initiative.

I'm a certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY ® facilitator, a certified (but lapsed!) Java developer, certified (also lapsed!) Scrum Master, and visual artist.

Presentations and recent work


Stuff I'm doing soon

Some stuff I've done recently



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Michael Edson is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. Michael Edson is co-founder, Associate Director, and Head of Digital for the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live, a new institution currently being envisioned for Copenhagen, Denmark and locations throughout the world. Michael 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. 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 GLAM sector. Michael is an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni and he was named a "Tech Titan: person to watch" by Washingtonian magazine.


photo cc-by Lars Lundqvist