In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic Partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Lauren Monroe, director, and Adam Morrison Zelny, assistant director of Worcester Think Tank. They talk about building on Worcester’s newfound entrepreneurial spirit. This episode aired originally on June 8, 2014.
The Think Tank is a for-profit business that’s located in the former Sprinkler Factory building on Harlow Street - just off Worcester’s Lincoln Street. The center’s mission is to provide an academic-resource center where youth and adults can come together for personal, social and intellectual growth.
The Think Tank offers concentrations of study from a passionate, patient and talented staff, sensitive to the values of diverse backgrounds and unique learning styles. The center is a safe learning environment where mutual respect, inclusion and support for each other’s learning processes are essential. The goal is to encourage students to be life-long learners who carry their talents and inspiration into the wider world.
The Think Tank has five guiding principles:
- Provide an interactive, hands-on learning environment with small classroom sizes, where students don't just learn - they also experience
- Provide an inclusive experience where students, parents, and teachers all play important roles in the center's evolution
- Provide a learning environment where emotional and physical safety is a top priority
- Select staff for their ability to communicate effectively, share enthusiasm and create a safe and supportive environment for students
- Collaborate with local organizations in the development of innovative courses and workshops for youth and adults