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Ed Rodley

Ed Rodley

co-Founder and Principal
The Experience Alchemists

Ed Rodley is a co-Founder and Principal at The Experience Alchemists, an experience design firm serving the larger cultural sector. Prior to that he was Associate Director of Integrated Media at Peabody Essex Museum. He is a museum professional with over twenty-five years’ experience in science, natural history, and art museums, and broad expertise and deep experience in museum practice. Incorporating emerging digital technologies into museum practice has been a theme throughout his career, and he is passionate about their potential to create a more open, democratic world.

His recent publications appear in The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites, Humanizing the Digital: Unproceedings from the 2018 MCN Conference, CODE | WORDS: Technology and Theory in the Museum, and Mobile Apps for Museums: The AAM Guide to Planning and Strategy. He writes about museum issues at his blog, Thinking About Museums and is one of the hosts of AAM’s Museopunks podcast. He is also the lead instigator of the Boston edition of Drinking About Museums, one of longest-running informal meetups for museum-interested peoples in this global movement.


Speaking at:

MuseumNext Digital Summit
Friday, 26 February 2021

Untying the Gordian Knot of “Engagement”

What might post-COVID museums look like, and how can we design compelling and engaging museum experiences for this new reality? This talk brings together research on digital technologies and human behavior to explore how four elements; storytelling, emotion, immersion, and gamification intertwine and combine to deeply connect people with each other and with the cultures that museums steward. It will explore the research and showcase examples of why they work, how they work, and how museums can use them effectively, both online and in-person to create a new generation of compelling, memorable museum experiences.

Find the full programme here


Ed Rodley