Tapping Our Inner Futurist

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 9:15am to 12:30pm

Join academically trained Futurist Garry Golden for a workshop on understanding how libraries can learn to anticipate changes in society and technology that might have an impact on our communities and civic institutions.

Presenter: Garry Golden, Futurist

Location: Appleton Public Library Meeting Rooms

Foresight and the Future of Libraries

The workshop will introduce three themes: Rethinking Local, Culture of Lifelong Learning, and Place-based Experiences.

We will explore the role libraries might play in supporting the groundswell of rethinking local systems (e.g. food, health, manufacturing, workforce training and education) to build a culture of resiliency against uncertain changes ahead.

We will talk about an expanding role for public libraries in a culture of lifelong learning where mastery of skills becomes critical to future success for community members.

We will consider the importance of Brick and Mortar. Yes, place still matters in the digital age! How might libraries reimagine their physical spaces to meet expectations for programs around: Creative Aging, Pop-up Architecture, Craft and Maker Spaces, Civicware Hackathons, Immersive Media environments, and Playscapes.

Garry will share leadership activities and techniques to engage your staff, Board and community to bring about change that is needed, and appropriate to your library.

We're excited to take a glimpse into the future and to hear how libraries can identify changes, explore implications and pave the way for learners in the 21st century. We hope you can join us for this workshop.

Sponsored by: OWLS

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