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Dr. Matt Finch: Brown Bag Lunch Talk: Turkeys, Cake, and Pacific Skies: Rethinking Learning, Innovation, & Community Engagement as Information Experiences


Wednesday October 11, 2017: 12:00pm to 1:00pm


U-M Shapiro Library Design Lab


How can we transform the ways we teach, learn, and bring new ideas to fruition? What is the distance from the Dewey Decimal System to Star Trek's holodeck and just how far have we come? How can we give colleagues, students, communities and stakeholders of all kinds the space and opportunity to share and realise their brightest ideas?

Dr. Matt Finch joins us from Queensland, Australia to talk about training health practitioners using cake and Transformers toys, devising mission statements for academic staff, creating open-ended learning opportunities with everyday materials, and the challenges of community consultation in an outback state 2 1/2 times the size of Texas. Giving examples of practical strategies, Matt will lead a discussion about the core ideas that sustain these practices, and how they can be applied to fit different purposes, institutions, and contexts.

Please join us at the Shapiro Design Lab on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

This event is free to attend, but registration is encouraged. Register [|here]

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About Matt Finch:

Dr. 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.

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