Strategic Doing in Yamhill County

By Bob Parker

For the past 18 months, we’ve partnered with the Chehalem Valley Innovation Accelerator (CVIA) to bring the Strategic Doing framework to Yamhill County.  The intent is to train a core group of Strategic Doing practitioners who are then available to help communities and organizations work on pressing issues.  We’ve run many workshops to date: the Yamhill County Arts Alliance, rebooting tourism marketing, homelessness in McMinnville to name a few. The ultimate objective is to develop “The Collaborative” a group of dedicated volunteers that are making things happen in Yamhill County.  The effort is funded through a grant from The Ford Family Foundation.

Last March we trained the Yamhill County Seven with assistance from our colleagues at Purdue University’s Agile Strategies Lab.  The team at Purdue developed the Strategic Doing framework.  We’ve latched onto it and are now an affiliate campus that can provide trainings.

Carr Biggerstaff, Chief Wrangler at CVIA did the lions share of recruiting participants to the training.  We ultimately had 16 participants in our first Strategic Doing practitioner training.  By our measures, the training went quite well.  We’ll follow up in the near future by running the group through practice workshops.  We’re very excited about the direction the collaboration is taking and the promise of the Strategic Doing framework to move people from conversation to action.






Final Report on Oregon Film Festivals

In 2017, the University of Oregon partnered with Travel Oregon and Oregon Film to research film festivals in the state. The project included an inventory of festivals, a survey of festival organizers, and a survey of festival patrons. We’ve now completed the research and are pleased to share the final report publicly. Some of the key findings include:

  • 79 film festivals
  • 47% in the Portland Metro region
  • Tickets sold: 175,000
  • 80,000 unique patrons; 11,000 traveled more than 50 miles
  • 63% hosted by historic theaters
  • 20,000 films submitted; 1,500 produced in Oregon
  • Revenue: $2.4 million
  • Total employment: 240

The report includes much, much more, including detailed profiles of film festival patrons. You can access the report here:

We thank everyone that assisted in our research efforts—we could not have done this without you! We also thank our funding partners—Travel Oregon and the U.S. Economic Development Administration—for making this study possible. Finally, we thank Tim Williams from Oregon Film. The idea for this effort was hatched two years ago when Tim and I had a conversation about how to follow up our work on historic theaters. Tim discussed his experience at various festivals and his work to develop an inventory, and indicated that more rigorous research would be useful.

We hope you find the report informative and useful.  If you have questions or comments about the report, please contact Bob Parker  (