Future-gazing for the National Archives
As a cultural institution, NAA was lagging behind other institutions in delivering progressive views of its work and exhibits to the public.
NAA wanted to imagine what it could look like as future-focussed organisation.
acidlabs worked with NAA leadership and staff to develop and facilitate workshops as a part of its The Social Archive project. The workshops encouraged staff to envisage the future of the NAA in two, five, and 10 years, strongly engaged with the public and its own people, as a valuable repository of Australia’s cultural heritage.
To develop the workshops we conducted discovery interviews with senior staff on NAA strategic direction and to determine the scope of the project in terms of organisational futures. We then designed and delivered the workshops consisting of a set of exploratory exercises and activities to build a story over time of how staff saw the NAA now, what they desired from the NAA and how that might be achieved.