Our consulting work is an extension of who we are and how we got here. Over two decades we have consulted in every arena, from working with small businesses to design pizza and wine delivery systems to guiding complex regional municipal trade partnerships through an understanding of the significance of eco-tourism planning. Sally Blagg was born, not made, out of a family tradition of American veterans, artists, farmers, medicine women, teachers and more. The family name (Sally Blagg) is a testament to over three centuries of faith-based stewardship work in service to sustainable business practices. Ms. Blagg is a ‘real’ woman, a grandmother of our principal curator, that we pay homage to through our persistent commitment to excellence.

The firm was born out of our principal curator’s vision for improving the post-war environmental conditions of New York City, where his mother (Sharon Rose) worked. As a boy he would watch Ms. Rose, a social worker at the Henry Street Settlement Urban Family Center, rush to work each day; she would bringing home the stories of families that had been impacted by the stress and strain of city life. In these stories he found a love for the idea of environmental design, an opportunity to bookend his mothers work by advocating for the preservation of urban as well as rural environments as safe spaces for cultural exchange.

Our human centered environmental design approach is rooted in our belief that cultural landscapes, from the extensive Andean trade networks of the Inca to the Mississippian mound sites that are frozen in time in the Mississippi River Valley, require active management and stewardship beyond the gaze of foreign land developers. We know, from Ms. Rose’s work, that the environmental stress that we study tends to have a dynamic impact on the physical, mental and emotional health of families. It is with this understanding that our principal curator began pre-planning work on Buffalo’s east side in 2008, while studying at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

In 2011 we relocated to the City of Philadelphia to study urban preservation methods in the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. We would move to the Historic Germantown section of the city, to engage in pre-planning work there, in 2016.

As we wrap up five years of capacity building in Historic Germantown, we are looking forward to opening an international headquarters in the foothills region of Appalachia in the spring of 2022 and, in 2023, a second office in Southern Illinois (SoIL). Our goal moving forward is to bring a greater focus to rural capacity building, cultural landscape preservation, eco-tourism, carbon sequestration, subsistence farming, food forest management and more. If the American city is going to survive we must be willing to connect with nature, even if that means escaping the city in order to do so at times.

In the City of Philadelphia, we will continue to work with cultural institutions across the region in preparation for the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. Our work in the city will continue through sponsorships, strategic marketing partnerships and design consulting projects upon request.

Sally Blagg works with municipal, institutional and business clients in four areas:

Capacity Building

Curriculum Development

City & Regional Planning

Environmental Design

Capacity Building

Institutions, old and new, are facing an ever-changing world with technology making some of the traditional approaches to everything from programming to fundraising all but obsolete. Sally Blagg works with legacy institutions, from historic house museums to private libraries, helping them stay connected to their growing audience base through programming and strategic marketing campaigns.

Our work with former clients includes:

  • Market Analysis
  • Strategic Management
  • Social Impact Planning
  • Dynamic Needs Assessment
  • Client Programming
  • Emergency Planning
  • Research & Development
  • Stakeholder Engagement
Curriculum Development

Our curriculum development design work all begins with a thorough evaluation of existing conditions. Private school as well as small to mid size school district clients tend to sign on for a three to five year contract that allow us to engage in a strategic partnership towards the transformation of the curriculum.

Students and families are traditionally heavily involved in our process, but not overly so; our goal is to take our time and ensure that our clients’ clients, the families that educational institutions serve, are being heard. The results are evergreen as we remain available to school communities for check-in consults long after the contract period.

Our work with former clients includes:

  • Audience Surveying
  • Social Impact Studies
  • Evaluation for Implicit Bias
  • Organizational Asset Mapping
  • Resource Mapping
  • Staff Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Partnership Opportunity Study
City & Regional Planning

The history of regional urban development across the America’s, from the pre-colonial subsistence farming polities of the Mississippi River Valley to Central and South American trade centers, guides our city and regional planning work.

Our asset based approach to city & regional planning taps into local expertise as a means to develop solutions oriented strategies. We spend 90% of our time on-the-ground living within the conditions that we are being asked to address. The other 10% is spent in conversation with institutions, policy makers and the global community of best practices.

The combination of dynamic historical context alongside our understanding of contemporary life in the regions where we work is unique in the design field.

Our work with former clients includes:

  • Economic Development
  • Agribusiness Development
  • Cultural Landscape Analysis
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Resource Management
  • Transportation Planning
  • Complex Systems Management
Environmental Design

Our family has been spent the past fifty plus (50+) years managing the impact that post-industrial urbanism has had on emigrant farming families now living in north and northeastern cities. In the past decade our principal curator has been studying the environmental impact of resource based stress and trauma on indigenous veteran families.

In the past five years we have taken to the task of capacity building with those veteran families and their communities. This work informs our trauma informed approach to environmental design, both in the urban and rural context.

Some of the design consulting services that we provide include:

  • Ecotourism Planning
  • Subsistence Farm Design
  • Farmers Market Placement
  • Carbon Sequestration Farming
  • Transition Planning
  • Waterway Management
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Restorative Urban Design
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