Thought Leadership Forum III: Recap

Final Report

On Friday, July 15, AAF’s Center for Design and Cultural Heritage held its third Thought Leadership Forum, “The Politics and Policy of Preservation: Changing Civic Practice in the 21st Century,” in Washington, DC. During the Forum, 22 preservationists, policymakers, architects, and other cultural heritage stakeholders were led through a series of design thinking brainstorming exercises by AAF to generate ideas and issues surrounding the topic.

Some themes that emerged and were explored by the group coalesced around increasing cultural diversity and inclusion, broadening and explaining the values of preservation, creating an expanded and unified definition of preservation that illustrates it is more than just buildings, and exploring ways to increase organizational capacity and funding through new leadership models. Additional promising ideas included a cultural emergency task force and the need to better use social media more effectively to reach across the generational divide.

A full report summarizing the forum’s proceedings and recommendations is available here. For more information on the Thought Leadership Forum Series or on the Center for Design & Cultural Heritage, please contact CDCH Director Thom Minner at

Support for this Thought Leadership Forum was generously provided by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.


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