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NMAM 2020
Events / November 4, 2020
New Mexico Association of Museums 2020 Annual Conference

This year’s conference theme Future-Proofing Museums & New Realities will be held November 4-6, 2020. This year's focus is providing conference attendees skills and methods to manage our new reality in the age of COVID-19 including the development of digital storytelling, virtual exhibits, and creative means of distanced audience engagement. 

Sarah Hill, Senior Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources, will be a panelist and Veronica Gonzales, Associate Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources, will be moderating the conversation on What's Next? Exploring the future of travelling exhibitions, digital engagement, outdoor experiences, and DEIA.

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Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2020
Tools / October 7, 2020

Watch Gail Lord & her guests from India, USA and Canada at the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2020 in a discussion about Soft Power. Soft power is the ability to impact behaviour through influence, persuasion and agenda-setting. Countries tend to build walls while cities build bridges, especially in our current period of mass migration. Gail Lord, founder of Lord Cultural Resources and leader of the soft power movement, interviews three pioneering public servants who understand how soft power works and bring it to life.

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Virtual Summit Future of Science Museums
Tools / September 30, 2020
The future of Natural History and Science Museums

True disruption is not temporary: the changes wrought by a once-in-a-century pandemic, a transformative societal movement to fight anti-Black racism, and the accelerating pace of human-driven climate change have left many cultural institutions reeling with the knowledge that they cannot — and should not — return to business as usual, even if and when the current maelstroms abate.

“It would be a mistake to try to reopen the same museum that we closed. This is an opportunity to leapfrog over where we were into some new realm,” said Judy Gradwohl, President and CEO of the San Diego Natural History Museum. She was speaking at a virtual Summit on the Future of Natural History Museums and Science Centers facilitated by Lord Cultural Resources.

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Lumpkin's Jail Site Community Meeting
Newsletters / September 30, 2020
Big IDEA — Lord offers strategic planning for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access

“More and more culture-sector leaders recognize that IDEA Planning is not just the ‘right’ thing to do, but that it also makes their institution more successful and resilient,” says Lord Vice President Joy Bailey-Bryant. “Often, they are ready to make change, but are not sure how. We have proven tools, processes, and measures to manage IDEA Planning strategically, to make substantial change possible that all stakeholders can support.”

Lord Cultural Resources offers planning to facilitate building Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access strategically into your cultural organizations. Lord consultants and thought leaders can guide institutions through “IDEA Planning” either as a standalone initiative, or as part of a strategic plan, master plan exhibition, or expansion plan.

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Fostering Leadership
Tools / September 16, 2020
“Fostering Leadership”: online talk with Gail Lord

During the Fostering Leadership online talk, Gail Lord discusses the impact the current crisis situation had on the global trends in culture, what lessons we learned and what we should take with us to the future.

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AAMC video
Tools / September 16, 2020
Responding: Process, Legalities and Engagement

In this video, we discuss the steps and process that organizations move through in responding to inquiries and feedback. In pulling back the curtain, we will look at PR, Human Resources, and Social Media roles in responding to crisis and controversy. Conversation will also seek ways forward in transparency towards answering to public and staff questions.

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Museums and Galleries

We work with you through visioning, planning, and implementation phases to create new cultural landmarks, weaving presence into the surrounding community.

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Cities and Placemaking

We help cities build cultural spaces that draw on existing strengths and assets, allowing you to develop local geography, architecture, and artistic talent into a cultural tourist destination. 

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Gardens & Parks

Lord Cultural Resources has been a partner in planning and executing many parks and conservancies, botanical gardens, horticultural displays, living collection, and other nature-based cultural initiatives. 

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Heritage and Historic Sites

We approach each heritage and history project with fresh eyes, developing and executing plans that are uniquely tailored to the stories that each site has to tell.

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Science Centres

We help plan and create science museums with unique presence and style. We believe in drawing on local culture and context to provide visitors with meaningful, science-rich experiences that inspire and delight.

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Archives and Libraries

We have extensive experience developing and renewing archives and libraries, transforming them into dynamic, engaging spaces and broadening their potential audiences.

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Expos, Festivals and Events

We help design ground-breaking expositions and festivals that show off a locale’s individual identity and reputation to the world. We can assist with master planning, exhibitions, design, programming, and long-term tourism development.

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Architects, Developers and Designers

When projects involve multiple creative partners, we foster collaboration and synergy to take projects further. One shared success always leads to more.

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Some of our most interesting and exciting jobs don’t fit standard categories. If your vision involves ideas not described on this site, or concepts that nobody has attempted before, we are intrigued! And we want to hear from you. Our experience and discipline, far from limiting a blue-sky project, make it much more likely to succeed.

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Museum Development in China
Museum Development in China
Edited by Gail Dexter Lord, Guan Qiang, An Laishun, Javier Jimenez
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The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations
The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations
By Gail Dexter Lord and Kate Markert
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The Manual of Digital Museum Planning
Manual of Digital Museum Planning
Edited by Ali Hossaini and Ngaire Blankenberg with Gail Lord and Barry Lord
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