Site Update

Hi, Thanks for Visiting -- I have been away from this site for a while. For the past 6 years I have run the Washington County Museum here outside of Portland Oregon as the Executive Director. I started that job the Monday after the stock market collapsed in September 2008! It was a temporary gig that turned into a long term commitment when the Board asked after 6 months that I mover from serving as a part-time E.D. to full-time Executive Director. In that first year I led the museum through its first strategic planning and vision process which resulted…

We support the Motive Space Symposium

Motive Space Symposium We are providing a variety of administrative and support services to the Symposium including support and development of the Symposium's open source solutions based website, a discussion forum, creation of a PayPal system for event registration, conference planning advice, and consultation on Nonprofit start-ups. Shogren Consulting's support of the Symposium represents the first of our new initiatives to build sustainable communities and to implement the principals of LEAD International. The September dialogue will provide a forum for industry related professionals and citizens to gather + contribute toward a community model of Cooperative Development. For the purposes of…

Heritage Planning: Philip Foster Farm, Estacada, Oregon

Philip Foster Farm, Estacada, Oregon Museum Collections Preservation Planning The Phillip Foster Farm and Jacknife-Zion-Horseheaven Historical Society of Eagle Creek, OregonWe began working with the Historical Society in August to help them develop a Long-Range Preservation Plan for their collections and buildings. We will also be offering workshops for staff and volunteers on collections care, housekeeping and implementing an environmental monitoring program for the buildings to develop baseline data for future projects.

Shogren Choosen to Join LEAD

CONGRATULATIONS!! Our President and Principal, Sam Shogren, has been selected by LEAD Canada to join the LEAD network and undertake the training required to become a LEAD Fellow.  LEAD, short for Leadership for Environment and Development, searches worldwide for outstanding people, developing their leadership potential through innovative training programs and working with them to mobilize others to make a real difference to the future of this planet. LEAD Canada is a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to furthering the goals of environmental, social and economic sustainability through training, projects and networking.  Created in 1994, LEAD Canada joined the global network set up…

Bar Camp Portland

We're going to Bar Camp! Bar Camp Portland is an informal, "non conference" in which the participants develop the agenda and the sessions on Friday night and then spend Saturday and Sunday learning from each other. We are headed there to see what is new with WordPress, check out content management systems for web sites, to explore the WIKI Way and make new contections with Portland's open source community. Hope to see you there!

Revisioning Museums Paper Presentation

Good Morning - Later today Sam will be presenting a draft of his paper for the Transforming Museums conference in Seattle before the students in the Arts Administration and Museum Studies Programs at the University of Oregon. The paper's draft titled: Museums, Starbucks, and the Third Place Way: the Museums Role in Civil Society proposes a new role for museums in our communities by   proposing that our real role is in fostering civil discourse concerning contemporary   topics and utilizing the museum's collections to bring insights into the public debate. Sam also argues that contemporary models of museum development…

Washington County Cultural Coalition

Our Principal, Sam Shogren, was appointed to Washington County's Arts, Heritage and Humanities Coalition by the Washington County Board of Supervisors in January of 2007. This month Sam assumed a leadership position within the Coalition by volunteering to steer the Coalition's efforts at rewriting the Washington County's Cultural Plan. The Coalition was formed at the County level in response to the formation of the Oregon Cultural Trust by the state legislature in 2001. Today the Coalition re-grants funds given the County by the Oregon Cultural Trust. And in accordance with the initial legislation of the Cultural Trust each county and…