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WHAT'S NEW AT LORD

The Soft Power 30: A Global Ranking of Soft Power 2017
News / July 21, 2017
Gail Lord Makes Museums A Soft Power Factor in Latest Top 30 Rankings

The third annual Soft Power 30 index has been released by Portland Communications in partnership with Facebook. The Index is the world’s most comprehensive comparative assessment of global soft power, it combines objective data and international polling to build the clearest picture of global soft power to date. This year’s index features the article “The soft power of museums” by Gail Lord, President and co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources, in which she emphasizes how cultural institutions leave their mark. Gail also discusses the rise of museums as prominent soft power platforms through the amplification of civic discourse, accelerating of cultural change and contribution to cultural intelligence.

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Queensland Museum- World Science Festival Brisbane
News / July 14, 2017
2017 Soft Power Destinations Awards Shortlist Announced

The Leading Culture Destinations Awards – or “The Oscars for museums” – are back September 29th, and the incredible shortlist of nominees for the Soft Power Destinations of the Year category have been announced.

This year marks the second year of the Soft Power Destinations category. These awards recognize the cultural organizations, activations or districts that have powerful influence and impact based on their excellence, relevance, transparency, accountability and sustainability.

This year’s Soft Power Destinations of the Year category is sponsored by Valletta 2018. The Valetta 2018 Foundation is responsible for the European Capital of Culture Programme in Malta.

Nine nominees were shortlisted in the categories of Best Soft Power Organization, Best Soft Power Cultural Activation and Best Soft Power Cultural District. 

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Toronto Botanical Garden
Newsletters / June 30, 2017
New Plan to Turn Toronto Botanical Garden Into International Destination

TORONTO, CANADA — The city is hoping its reputation for publicly accessible nature spaces will blossom with an ambitious plan to transform the Toronto Botanical Garden and adjacent Edwards Gardens.

Working with Garry Smith, Scott Torrance Landscape Architects, and Moryiama and Teshima Architects, Lord Cultural Resources contributed to the development of a Masterplan and Management Plan. We provided recommendations on facility, program and operations improvements that build on existing strengths, help to improve ecological resilience, accessibility, and functionality, and reimagine the existing gardens as a major cultural attraction offering an unparalleled visitor experience.


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Perlan Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders
Projects / 2016- Ongoing
Perlan Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders

In 2016, Lord Cultural Resources was invited to be a part of an international team tasked with re-imagining the iconic Perlan in Reykjavik. Once completed, the Perlan will be transformed into an area where tourists and fellow Icelanders will be able to explore the unique natural history of Iceland in a highly interactive and entertaining museum environment — in addition to enjoying the wonderful architecture of the Perlan itself. The Perlan is set to become and even more exciting attraction in 2017.

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Gail_at_Zocalo
News / June 26, 2017
“Does Art Really Make Us Better Citizens?”

What is the nature of the relationship between embracing the arts and participating in the life of a community? When and under what circumstances do the arts bind people and places together—and when do they divide us? And what do we need from the arts at a moment when many people are more isolated, and our civic life more polarized? Middle East Institute Arts & Culture Program director Lyne Sneige, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Lerma Arts and Humanities chair Luz María Sánchez, global arts consultant Gail Dexter Lord, and cultural historian and chair of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Lynne Conner examine how having the arts in our lives can draw us closer to our own societies.

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Visitor participation in the Cooper Hewitt Process Lab’s Citizen Design exhibit. Photo by Priya Sircar.
News / June 22, 2017
Spin the Wheel and Land on Community

Read Senior Consultant Priya Sircar's piece "Spin the Wheel and Land on Community" recently published online by Zócalo Public Square. A dynamic article on the topic of arts engagement. "All arts engagement should be community engagement, because arts organizations should exist to benefit—or serve—their communities, however those communities are defined and whatever form that service takes".

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Museum of Tolerance, Soft Power, Gail Lord
News / June 22, 2017
Los Angeles, Museums and Soft Power: Keynote at the Museum of Tolerance

Watch Gail Dexter Lord give the keynote lecture Los Angeles, Museums and Soft Power, discussing ways to accelerate Soft Power to address some of the most important issues of our time. Listen as she discusses how museums world-wide activate Soft Power to shape attitudes and influence change.

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Gail Lord at MNBAQ
Tools / May 11, 2017
How Art & Culture Position Cities as International Destinations

Gail Lord spoke to a crowd at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. She discussed how artistic excellence, citizen engagement and soft power can re-position cities as international destinations.

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Gail Lord at TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin
News / April 25, 2017
Ontario: Heart, Soul, or Brand?

Almost 40 per cent of Canadians live in Ontario. The country's largest city and the nation's capital are both located here. Ontario was a critical founding partner of the country in 1867. There's much to be proud of, but how many living in the province think of themselves as Ontarians? And what does it mean to be an Ontarian? The Agenda explores the elusive idea of Ontario identity.

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WE WORK WITH...

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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Other

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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OUR PUBLICATIONS

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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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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Cities, Museums and Soft Power
Cities, Museums and Soft Power
By Gail Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg
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