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Ken Gillgren
Works at Gillgren Communication Services, Inc.
Attended University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Lives in Seattle, WA
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Communications as engagement
  • Gillgren Communication Services, Inc.
    President/Chief Consultant, 2005 - present
  • Institute of Cultural Affairs
    Project Coordinator, Regional Manager, 1974 - 1985
  • TOLA Inc
    General Manager, International Corporate Communications, 1985 - 1992
  • Casey Family Programs
    Operations Specialist, 1992 - 2005
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Seattle, WA
Milwaukee, WI - Amarillo, TX - Indiahoma, OK - Selawik, AK - Anchorage, AK - Medan, Indonesia - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Seoul, Korea - Cheong Ju, Korea - Tokyo, Japan
Cultivating civic imagination and engagement

Served for ten years as project manager and regional director for the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) with postings to Human Development projects in Oklahoma; North Sumatra, Indonesia; and South Korea; as well as community engagement coordinator in a joint agricultural venture in an Eskimo (Iniupiaq) village north of the Arctic Circle.

Worked for six years as partner and General Manager of International Marketing Communications for a Tokyo-based enterprise, with responsibility for the preparation and quality control for all English-language materials, including annual reports, corporate profiles, corporate social responsibility reports, marketing presentations, narration scripts, product brochures, and Web sites.

Employed for 11+ years by Casey Family Programs, headquartered in Seattle, to provide technical and communications support to senior and executive management for projects related to the coordination of direct service operations, strategic planning, strategy mapping, and organizational restructuring.

Now integrating previous career streams--community, corporate communications, technology--to explore, cultivate, and celebrate #civicimagination and #civicengagement through such tools as #patternlanguages, #socialartistry, and #intentionalcommunity and ensuring #digitalinclusion
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Most proud of my association with SE Seattle FreedomNet (, Liberating Voices: A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution (, the Northwest Intentional Community Association (NICA - and one of NICA's founders, Institute of Cultural Affairs colleague, Fred Lanphear (
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Philosophy, 1970 - 1974
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