One Smithsonian

Addressing complicated issues and global problems such as zoonotic diseases, climate change, and the rapid loss of natural resources resulting from human activities and population pressures requires work that spans disciplines and organizational boundaries. The Smithsonian’s potential to tackle complex challenges, as well as to innovate in design, technology, and other pursuits, is greatest when our museums, galleries, Zoo, research centers, education centers, and mission-support offices work together as One Smithsonian.

This section of the Dashboard highlights forward-thinking, interdisciplinary, and cross-Smithsonian activities that tackle pressing issues and chart new paths that the Smithsonian is particularly well suited to address due to its unique combination of science, history, art, and culture experts and global partnerships. Learn more at Torch, Smithsonian Global, Smithsonian Insider, and Smithsonian.com

Project Pride Virtual Concert and Time Capsule

Project Pride Virtual Concert and Time Capsule

On May 31, the Smithsonian’s pan-Institutional Pride Alliance presented Project Pride, a virtual concert and digital time capsule celebrating LGBTQ+ heritage, culture, and history. The program, hosted by National Public Radio’s Ari Shapiro, featured musicians, artists, and allies from across the world, as well as LGBTQ+ highlights from the Smithsonian collections. Project Pride was presented as a free screening on YouTube, funded by the Office of the Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian National Board.

Transcription Center Has Thousands of New Volunteers

Transcription Center Has Thousands of New Volunteers

The Smithsonian Transcription Center has seen an exponential leap in the number of new digital volunteers during the Covid 19 pandemic—from 100 to 200 per month in pre-pandemic times to more than 5,000 per month. While digital volunteers are typically skewed toward retirees, the Center has seen a surge of both socially-distancing young people seeking a meaningful at-home activity and students referred by their teachers for distance learning opportunities. The crowd-sourcing site connects volunteers across the world with Smithsonian materials from its museums, libraries, archives, science institutes, and other research centers. Volunteers digitally transcribe written materials in analog format from images posted on the Center’s website such as the papers of Sally Ride, a recent popular addition to the materials awaiting transcription.

2020 Earth Optimism Summit Streamed Live Online

2020 Earth Optimism Summit Streamed Live Online

On April 22–24, marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Smithsonian hosted the 2020 Earth Optimism Digital Summit. Originally planned as a physical event, the Summit was redesigned as a livestreamed event due to the Covid 19 pandemic. It featured more than 100 scientists, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, and experts who highlighted inspiring conservation solutions that are succeeding in the face of immense challenges. The Summit was organized by the Smithsonian Conservation Commons, a network that leverages scientific and cultural expertise from across the Smithsonian to make an impact on conservation worldwide.