Cooperation projects / dialog projects / educational projects / online projects with a focus on topics such as sustainability, inclusion, diversity and the 17 SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals).

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MuseumsGuide inklusiv

With 130 museums throughout Austria, the MuseumsGuide inklusiv provides the first overview of what Austria's museums offer in terms of accessibility and inclusive educational programs. The print guide is supplemented by an online guide. A cooperation project between medianet Verlag, Essl Foundation and ICOM Austria, edited by Doris Rothauer.

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Copyright: ICOM Austria

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17 Museums x 17 SDGs

17x17 is a pioneering project of ICOM Austria, initiated and conducted in 2021. To strengthen their social impact and contribute to a sustainable future, 17 Austrian museums were invited to actively deal with the 17 SDGs. Doris set up a process of extensive workshops with the participating museums to develop and co-create specific strategies and activities for the implementation of the SDGs in their museums.

Further information on the project can be found on the ICOM Austria project website.

Inclusive Arts Community / Zero Project

Zero Project is an initiative of the Essl Foundation, which is committed to a barrier-free world in all areas of society. From 2020-2022, Doris was the Community Manager for a group of international experts in the field of inclusive art education (including MoMA New York, Manchester Museum, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna).

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During the Corona-related lockdown in 2020, Doris led a self-initiated dialog process on the future of art & culture, accompanied by a campaign entitled KUNST MUSS. In interviews and workshops, on social media and on a web platform, visions and strategies for the future viability of arts and cultural organizations after the lockdown were developed together with cultural professionals.

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Cultural Impact

Cultural Impact (2018/19) was a research project, initiated by Doris and funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG, that addressed the social impact of museums as civic and community based institutions. It analyzed challenges, strategies and best practice examples and developed tools and methods for scaling and measuring impact, deriving from social entrepreneurship as a useful approach.

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The Power of Creativity Journey, studio visit at Hyperakt Studio, New York

Learning Journeys NY

Commissioned by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Doris is organizing Learning Journeys for Austrian creative entrepreneurs and arts experts to the New York scene. Examples include excursions on „The Future of Museums & Art Institutions“ and „The Power of Creativity“, with exklusive presentations, Q&As and B2B networking.

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Learning Journey by Business Agency Vienna, studio aws industrial design, 2014, photo: David Bohmann

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Learning Journey by Business Agency Vienna, Studio Dankl, 2014, photo: David Bohmann

Learning Journeys

In excursions to outstanding examples of creative change makers, participants explore new perspectives and ways of doing meaningful business and designing the future. The authentic experience of places, people and projects is a rich source of inspiration and empowerment that can be transferred to your own work and business.

Learning Journeys are generally about going completely outside your normal environment. Through changing the perspective and exploring key insights into new contexts together with other participants, you open your mind, reflect upon yourself and others and learn by experience.

Doris designs and moderates customized Learning Journeys around key themes of creativity, innovation and change making.

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Music and Art School Academy

In 2017/2018, Doris designed and led an Austrian Music and Art School Academy, focusing on:

The topic of creativity from a wide variety of perspectives and angles;

Attitudes and skills required to effectively inspire others;

Approaches and models as to how the promotion of creativity can be increasingly implemented in music and art schools.

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Open Space Workshop, The Austrian Federal Chancellery/Arts and Culture, 2017, photo: BKA/Aigner


In a total of six open space workshops in Vienna, Linz, Graz and Bregenzerwald, around 200 cultural practitioners explored the question of what the role of art & culture is or can be in society today. A series of events in 2017, conceived and moderated by Doris Rothauer and Tina Trofer on behalf of the Federal Chancellery of Austria/Art & Culture.

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