I just finished reading Bill Strickland’s memoir Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary.
Strickland is the founder and CEO of Manchester Craftsman’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center in Pittsburgh, PA and although I’ve been there many times (and even worked there briefly while college) I’ve never really had a full understanding and appreciation for what the place was all about. Finally hearing the story of how Strickland used his passion, intuition and will to turn his dreams into a concrete reality that would positively impact the entire community is truly inspiring. It’s also a fantastic testimony to the practical role of art and beauty in all of our lives.
Check out the book and I think you’ll end up seeing your world a bit differently. For the short(er) version of the story watch the following video of Bill Strickland at TED with live accompaniment by Herbie Hancock. The second video shows more about what MCG is all about.