Give away our collection to the American people.
The concept is this: using social security numbers or some similar system, give one item from our collection to one citizen. The Smithsonian would retain the stewardship of the item, but that citizen would accept the responsibility for the online dialogue about that object. They would, in a new sense, perhaps a 21st century sense (?), own it.
The reason this idea, this concept seems to fit is that it emphasizes, in a tangible way, the idea that the collection of the Smithsonian is not a private collection, not meant to be held back and reserved for private viewing in a setting we think is appropriate, but rather it is the public collection of the people of the Unites States of America. Our citizens already own the collection. The facilities they are stored in, the curators that care for and study them, the staff and equipment used to digitize them are paid for with federal dollars.
How can we, in an ethical sense, as well as a legal one, hold back, “be stingy,” as Bran said, with our collection?