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Technical Note 15: Negotiation and consensus building

Henderson, Jane ORCID: 2023. Technical Note 15: Negotiation and consensus building. Taylor, Joel and Beltran, Vincent, eds. Managing Collection Environments Technical Notes and Guidance, Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, pp. 214-226.

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We all negotiate all the time: even something as simple as getting to work in the morning involves types of negotiation, from access to domestic facilities in the morning to traveling around our locality. We negotiate a space and a place for ourselves and most of the time this works well. We take a shower in good time to leave the house and we move aside on a path to let a buggy or bike go past. It works because we exchange information about who needs to leave the house first (communication); we recognize that at some point we might have the buggy (empathy); and we calculate that the cost of moving aside is likely much lower than that of going off the path for the other party (cost-benefit). Negotiation is a normal part of our lives, it doesn’t have to be hard, confrontational, verbal, or motivated by power or money. In the museum context we negotiate every day, whether deciding how many visitors can enter a historic room or managing the carbon footprint of a traveling exhibition.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Uncontrolled Keywords: negotiation, conservation, consensus, museum, environment, preventive conservation
Publisher: Getty Conservation Institute
ISBN: 978-1-957939-08-7
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 September 2023
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2023 12:48

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