Update – the actuality of the archaeological past

I have contributed little to this site Since 2016. I have been writing (Greece and Rome: a new model of antiquity [Link]), running experiments in fieldwork (Project Borderlands [Link]), exploring applied archaeology (with a host of organizations and corporations), asking questions of the proper role of the academic, the researcher, the scholar. In this contemporary…

Update – Collections Depot for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Previous reports on this extraordinary project in the future of the museum – [Link] Projects and research theme – Future of the past – Studio Michael Shanks @ Stanford – [Link] JANUS Initiative @ Stanford – [Link] The public art depot for the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, designed by MVRDV is nearing completion in Rotterdam….

urban futures – the cultural field

For nearly ten years I have been serving on the International Advisory Board in Rotterdam [Link] – offering comment on the city’s life and plans. This year we turned to culture in the city. A group of us joined a year long process to reach out to stakeholder groups and institutions, to the people of…

Update – Summer 2017

July 2017. While over the last few months I’ve neglected posting my ideas, thoughts, news and commentary here at mshanks.com, I’ve had a fascinating series of encounters with some wonderful people, organizations and businesses. And I am preparing some posts – I greatly value the process of logging this learning journey I am so lucky…

Solon and Croesus – a myth about future time and foresight

  Solon the Athenian was renowned for his wisdom. Having set his city to rights with revolutionary new legislation, he set out on a ten year journey, that his constitution might take effect, and that he might find out about the world. In his travels Solon came to the court of Croesus, the most wealthy…

strategic foresight|design thinking – online course

Today we launched our new online class with Stanford Continuing Studies – [Link]. Strategic Foresight and Design Thinking Here’s how Tamara (Carleton) and I describe what we have to offer: “We live in an interconnected world where the old answers don’t seem to apply, where even successful businesses need to embrace radical change, where global…