Teams must name a Champion who is the ISI senior executive (CEO, President, or equivalent title) or a direct report to this individual. The Champion is responsible for having an overall understanding of the effort, making sure that team members have the time to devote to iPAGE, and ensuring that barriers are reduced for the iPAGE team to do site-based work. Alison Brown, Science Museum of Minnesota President, is the Champion for our own Science Museum of Minnesota team.
Team Captains must have direct access to the Champion and other team members. They will serve as the principle point of contact between the ISI and Science House for general issues and questions.
Teams can have up to four additional Team Members. Team Members can be from any level of the organization and should represent a variety of departments. Possibilities include exhibits, public programs, outreach, professional development, visitor services, human resources, community engagement, research and evaluation, volunteer programs, docent and youth programs, development, finance, etc.
The charge for the entire team is to work together to collectively serve as leaders, connectors, and role models for supporting institutional change.
Veteran Participants from the previous years’ cohorts are invited to return for Colloquia II and III each year. Veterans continue their roles as change agents and enhance learning in the iPAGE community by describing their adaptive change processes and sharing what they have learned. As participants have noted, a second year of program involvement can be extremely valuable:
“It was great to reconnect as a Veteran and learn in this very intentional environment.”
“At the end of year 2, I have a much greater grasp of the true shared nature of our struggles and our work within our ISIs. It’s easy to feel alone—to see only the successes in others and only the failures in yourself. This community disrupts that. And my understanding of the value of that disruption increases every time we gather.”
Participation in the veteran strand is encouraged, but not required.