the sally blagg

Family Foundation

Established 1785

human-centered environmental design

why we do what we do?

Our mission is to curate safe environments for the facilitation of dialogue between American subsistence farming families, merchants, artists, artisans, and the institutions that impact their lives. Our pre-design capacity-building work is uniquely positioned to have a dynamic impact on the restoration of urban as well as rural post-industrial landscapes across the Americas.

Development without Displacement

“It is through a unique critical ethnomusicological approach to community engagement that Sally Blagg has been able to gain the support of a cross-section of institutions, organizations, merchants, and individuals with more in common than being siloed within a common landscape.”

experiences

Our global network of independent learners has one thing in common; a shared interest in exploring the cultural landscapes of the not-so-distant past. Each season we work with traditional healers, medicine women, trauma therapists, urban farmers, artists & weavers to create safe spaces for the restoration of cultural memory.

Preservation

One key to preservation-in-action is telling your own story! Cultural memory correlates almost directly with individual notions of safety & security. We encourage the documentation of personal experiences, as well as the exploration of the dynamic environmental factors that shape our surroundings, worldviews, culture, opportunities, thoughts and practices.

Development

Study groups, book clubs, friend-raising, fundraising, and ideation all work better in partnership. We engage in trauma-informed urban as well as rural environmental restoration in a way that centers development without displacement. We are able to be successful in that work because we are reading together with neighbors in communities where the Sally Blagg Foundation works.

environmental stewardship through self-awareness

Generations of immense stress and trauma have made way for the normalization of abuse and coercive control tactics; we, at Sally Blagg, believe that biophilic design, along with environmental stewardship advocacy, can serve all American people through grounding them in relationship with themselves, normalizing access to pathways both through and to the natural environment in the city and the countryside. Our ‘postcolonial’ capacity-building pre-design process is tailored to address issues in a trauma-informed manner through reimagining diverse landscapes while advocating for education and public policy changes.

About Us

Since 2008 our team has been convening design teams that live, work, and play in urban as well as rural post-industrial American cities. Our approach to increasing solutions-oriented media coverage in the areas where we work borrows from the scholarly fields of critical ethnography, ethnomusicology, and pre-contact urban planning. By housing our pre-design efforts amidst subsistence farming communities, artists, veteran families, and elder narrative keepers, Sally Blagg has been able to work with diverse communities, building dynamic teams inside of a cooperative pre-planning process. Long before speculative land developers raise the necessary funds to begin building we have been able to build capacity through strategic communications and community education.

Sally Blagg was created as an entity on March 9, 2017; it was arranged initially as a biophilic atelier in order to formalize focused investment in local subject matter experts during the pre-design process. In 2023, with our move to the Appalachian Mountains, we restructured our internal organization to better meet internal social impact goals. We are committed to supporting intrinsic value ‘up river’ through conservation, agribusiness, ecotourism, environmental stewardship, and public policy.

Our Vision

Our vision is a society in which subsistence farming families, including rural aboriginal groups, have the support they need to carry on traditions freely and independently. We see a future where spiritual practices can return to the rivers and well maintained cultural landscape sites

We Specialize in

An "on the ground” discovery process that centers an understanding of the inner workings of space; addressing the nuanced challenges that community members identify through design that includes consideration of the culture, environment, and people impacted.

Our Impact

Our vision grows out of living and working, for 300+ years, with Americans that continue to travel to cities along the north Atlantic coast in search of economic opportunities. Our family has seen the role that deep psycho-emotional balance plays in the work of environmental restoration. People are the places where they live; environmental stewardship work becomes a form of systems social work that impacts daily life and culture.

Our Impact

Over time we have been a partner in the discovery and awareness of personal experiences and environmental factors that help shape our collective environment, culture, and opportunities. We anchored this work, for a long time, in the Delaware and Hudson River Valleys.

At the intersection of People & Place

Our focus on narrative-keeping in the preservation process is essential as it has been the mishandling of first-person narratives throughout history that has led to abuse, coercion, manipulation, and the ongoing suppression of American voices. The idea is that if we commit to the creation of safe species for cultural exchange, for accountability partnership inside of our shared narratives, then we will be better together.

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