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Mess, Play, and Meaning: The Great Information Experience


Tuesday October 10, 2017: 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


What is the professional benefit of play? When is it better to impose an objective, and when should we learn through experimentation and happy accident? How can we “fail better” without wasting valuable resources?

Matt Finch has pitted teens versus zombies in physical conflict on the streets of rural Australia, led a citywide burlesque festival as marriage equality passed into New Zealand law, and trained occupational therapists using cake and Transformers toys.

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Join Matt for a half-day session at the AADL Downtown Library on Tuesday, October 10 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm to explore a toolkit of activities and approaches for devising open-ended, participant-led events and activities which will let your community "step into the story" through a combination of make-believe and practical challenges. Learn about approaches to partnership which expand our conception of what is possible when it comes to unleashing the creativity of our communities...and devise an amazing immersive world of your own.

This event is free, but registration is encouraged. Please register [|here] for this exciting event!

About the Presenter:

Matt Finch helps communities, companies, and institutions to create new and exciting activities, programmes, and partnerships. His work spans policy consultation and strategic direction, community outreach, collection & events development for cultural institutions, and professional development for staff at all levels.

Matt is regularly invited to keynote at conferences and events including LIANZA 2017, SWITCH 2016, and VALA 2014. He has spoken at the British House of Commons and Australia’s Parliament House on literacy issues and is known for devising lively interactive workshops for professional development and community engagement. From 2016-2017 he was the first ever Creative in Residence at the State Library of Queensland.

He is currently developing community engagement projects for the University of Southern Queensland while serving as Creative/Researcher at British Library Labs, and the author of the newsletter Curious, Mysterious, Marvellous, Electrical [|]

Matt holds a Ph.D. in Modern Intellectual History from the University of London. His writing credits cover a range of print and online media in the US, UK, and beyond.