Darien Library Presents Healing and Hauntings

Many people experience a connection to the dead that can only be described as a haunting. “In Healing and Hauntings,” Darien Library presents an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences with the dead. Led by Fred Dust, founder of Dust&Co, and Bailey Foote, entrepreneur and end-of-life doula, this conversation will focus on the ways in which hauntings keep someone alive in our memories, bridge the physical world to the mystical, and reflect on the nature of consciousness and connectivity. Register to join this in-person event at Darien Library’s courtyard on Wednesday, August 4 at 7 p.m. at darienlibrary.org/event/5175.

About Fred Dust

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.

About Bailey Foote

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 included 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.

About Darien Library

Darien Library is a Library Journal five-star Library. It is among the busiest in the state with over 1,300 people visiting on an average day and has the highest per capita circulation of items in Connecticut. The Library collection includes 125,000 books and 300 newspaper and magazine subscriptions. In addition, the Library presents over 1,500 public events annually, hosting a lineup of bestselling authors, technology classes, early literacy programs, and workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs.


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