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Poetry, Legacy, and Loss


Wednesday, July 28, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Courtyard

Poetry, Legacy, and Loss: The Power of Creative Expressions of Grief in Crowded Spaces

“How do I grieve?” “Who do I grieve?”

As the country begins to break-pandemic, it’s an opportunity for us to reflect and engage in modes of mourning and practice holding space for others to do the same. For many, this period has been filled with overwhelming loss, not just of life, but of relationships, security, and community. But here’s the thing: all those events that look like summer parties, rejoicing, and celebration, even protest, are forms of mourning and an important part of the grieving process.

Register for Poetry, Legacy, and Loss

We will use this time to talk about what it means to grieve during times of great collective sorrow, for others, and for ourselves. How do we recognize the gravity of our losses during times of societal trauma? How can we share it with others? How do we grieve from afar and as a collective? Maybe more pressing is how do we hold the place for joy even amidst loss?

Fred Dust and Bailey Foote will host the first of two conversations about death and dying and share tools for how to have meaningful conversations about one of our most culturally taboo topics. Fred is the founder of Dust&Co, a company that leverages decades of experience in exploring ways that catalytic conversations and network thinking can create marked change for the Public Good. He will be joined by Bailey Foote who has a rich history of academic and professional work in the end of life space and is a trained end-of-life doula.

Together, we will talk about death, dying, and mourning in a way that is engaging, meaningful, and yes, even fun.

This is part one of a two-part series, please join us for part two!

About the Presenters

Fred Dust is the founder of Dust&Co and works at the intersection of business, society, and creativity. As a designer, author, educator, consultant, trustee, and advisor to social and business leaders, he is one of the world’s most original thinkers, applying the craft and optimism of human-centered design to the intractable challenges we face today.

Using the methodology in his book Making Conversation, he has been working as the Senior Dialogue Designer with The Rockefeller Foundation to explore the future of pressing global needs; and with The Einhorn Collaborative and other foundations to host constructive dialogue with leaders ranging from David Brooks, Reverend Jenn Bailey, and Vivek Murthy to rebuild human connection in a climate of widespread polarization, cynicism, and disruption. He is also proud to be faculty at the Esalen Institute.

As a former Global Managing Partner at the acclaimed international design firm IDEO, Fred works with leaders and change agents to unlock the creative potential of business, government, education, and philanthropic organizations.

Bailey Foote’s professional experience ranges from entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, and healthcare. She has over six years of experience in strategy design and implementation. She has also worked extensively in marketing and operations at startups and large international corporations, including to help build The Line (Assembled Brands) where she oversaw the marketing department and co-led their e-commerce department.

For the past two years, Bailey's focus has been on end-of-life care, which includes training as an end-of-life doula. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with an MSc in Strategic Design where she explored modes of human-centered end-of-life planning and lowering barriers to conversations around death and dying.

Begin With the End in Mind

This program is part of a series, Begin With the End in Mind. The end is not a topic many feel comfortable discussing and that is why we are often not prepared when the time comes. It is to everyone’s advantage to discuss plans and preferences regarding death. The goal of this series is to help attendees and their loved ones learn how to properly plan from beginning to end.

Registration Information

Need help registering? Email Adult Programming at apstaff@darienlibrary.org.

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