Facing the Future: Ideas into Action with Matt Finch and Brendan Fitzgerald

If you’re a librarian in New Zealand, you won’t want to miss these two great workshops coming up from LIANZA with Matt Finch and Brendan Fitzgerald. I’ve spoken very highly about Matt’s work in the past (read my write up of Matt’s LIBRARY ISLAND here) and this is another one that will be amazing. I’ve included details on how to register below as well as some information on the workshops from the LIANZA website. And you may see me there as well! Even better is that the workshops will take place on both the North Island (Wellington) and the South Island (Christchurch).

REGISTER for the Wellington workshop here (18-19 May 2020)
REGISTER for the Christchurch workshop here (25-26 May 2020)


Join Matt Finch and Brendan Fitzgerald for a two-day intensive workshop turning ideas into action. Bring your real-life strategic challenges and the problems that live in the “too-hard basket” for discussion and scrutiny with your peers and colleagues from cultural institutions around Aotearoa.

Together, you’ll apply techniques which are practical, tried, and tested – working out what’s really going on and how to move forward, then how you can measure and demonstrate your impact and success.

On Day 1, you’ll bring real challenges from your organisation to the workshop for analysis and response;

On Day 2, you’ll design, articulate, and share a plan of action to address those challenges.
Come with a colleague, or two, and make real progress on future planning together.

Matt and Brendan previously visited Aotearoa in 2019 for well-received workshops on strategic foresight and impact measurement; this time they return to help you address specific real-world challenges faced in communities and institutions across New Zealand.

Take this opportunity to look at your organisation’s challenges strategically, to share and receive insights from beyond your usual networks, and to implement new tools and approaches for strategic thinking for meet future challenges.

Matt Finch
Matt Finch of mechanicaldolphin.com is a strategic consultant who works with libraries and other institutions around the world to help them find bright ideas and bring them to reality. He’s currently a columnist for Information Professional magazine, and a facilitator on the Scenarios Programme at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

Brendan Fitzgerald
Brendan Fizgerald is the director of 641 DI, a Melbourne-based consultancy working with the public libraries, the NFP sector and government agencies. Its aim is to build capacity through better understanding of how services and programs intersect purposefully with communities. This includes providing programme/project evaluation, research and planning services including scenario planning. Brendan has extensive experience at senior and executive levels in libraries and community agencies including over 10 years at the State Library of Victoria and Infoxchange.

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