We wanted a two hour problem solving workshop with Stuart Chittenden and a one hour Chatauqua presentation by Thomas King as Andrew Carnegie. The stars have now aligned, and we will have both presenters at Crete Public Library on August 18, 1-4:15 pm.
First, a description of Stuart’s presentation:
IGNITE your creativity! Emerging out of a pandemic, facing uncertain economic conditions, managing shifting social and other trends requires new approaches to unlock potential for you and your library. This two-hour workshop introduces design thinking to support those that already know that “This is the way we’ve always done it” is not going to work for the sticky challenges you face, but are not quite sure how to start with moving forward. Now is a perfect time to kickstart your thinking and move beyond the traditional in tackling challenges and seizing opportunities.
As a participant, you will:
– Learn about the design thinking methodology and put some of the principles into practice
– Explore some creativity techniques to solve a particular library challenge
– Practice piloting techniques for a new idea/new approach
– Strengthen relationships with others as you engage your challenge with a fresh approach
Second, a bit about Thomas King’s Presentation:
After his selling of United States Steel Company in 1901 and amassing a fortune equivalent to over $75 billion today, Andrew Carnegie devoted the rest of his life to philanthropy, specifically in the building and funding of public libraries. By the time of his death in 1919, he spent over 90% of his wealth on charitable projects and funded the building of 2,509 libraries, with locations in the US, the UK, and Canada. Step back to the Gilded Age and listen to a chautauqua portrayal of a once impoverished child from Scotland turned “ richest man in the world” who believed that the wealthy share their fortune for the betterment of mankind.
THOMAS KING AS ANDREW CARNEGIE