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The Soft Power 30: A Global Ranking of Soft Power 2017
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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Bihar Government Logo
July 19, 2017
Government of Bihar Invitation

 

National Expression of Interest is invited from individual firm/ consortium of firms of national / international repute for comprehensive design services, for the Dr. A. P. J. Kalam Science City, Patna. The services include for the Comprehensive Design of the Science City which includes comprehensive Architectural and Engineering Design of the Facility and Site, Exhibition Design, and Project Management and Construction Administration of the Building Contractors and Exhibition Fabricators. The design is to be based on the Master Plan prepared by Lord Cultural Resources. The EOI can be downloaded from the notice board of Building Construction Department (http://bcd.bih.nic.in/NewsList.asp).

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Queensland Museum- World Science Festival Brisbane
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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Gail_at_Zocalo
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.
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
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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Longwood Gardens
May 24, 2017
Longwood Gardens splashes into its summer of spectacle

Longwood Gardens' Main Fountain is opening on May 27th, 2017 with a season of spectacular events, live music, special exhibits, and fountain performances.

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Emerald Publishing
May 18, 2017
Sarah Hill's paper selected as a Highly Commended paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

Sarah Hill's Constructive conservation – a model for developing heritage assets was selected as a Highly Commended paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, published in the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustaibable Development.

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Bihar Government
May 10, 2017
Government of Bihar - Request for Expressions of Interest - Design Services

The Government of Bihar’s Building Construction Department is inviting firms to submit an Expression of Interest for design services for the Dr. A. P. J. Kalam Science City in Patna, India. Services include comprehensive architectural and engineering design of the facility and site, exhibition design, project management, and construction administration of the building contractors and exhibition fabricators.

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Gail Lord at TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin
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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