CarlNordgren400Carl Nordgren was born in Greenville, Mississippi where his great grandmother’s house was across the street from the childhood home of author Walker Percy. He first worked for a start-up in 1979 and has founded a half dozen companies since as well as assisted in the founding of a dozen more. He’s worked in four of the creative industries. From 2002 to 2016 he was adjunct faculty at Duke and taught over 3,500 undergrads how to be the most creative and entrepreneurial versions of themselves they could be. His first job was a fishing guide, from the summer of 1966 to the summer of 1970.

As a young man, if he wasn’t in high school or college he was guiding on the English River in wilderness Ontario and the White River in the Ozarks of Arkansas, where he learned a lot about bringing creative thinking and entrepreneurial behavior to the inches and the minutes of each day. Based on what he learned from his Ojibway friends, his award-winning title Anung’s Journey lovingly shares an ancient and beautiful legend with the world.

Carl's passion is to re-connect individuals with their personal creative genius. He accomplishes this through his book, Becoming a Creative Genius {Again} and conducting workshops. He is available for in-person and virutal workshops.

He credits his wife Marie as a powerful influence on his work, through her nurturing of creative genius in their children and in her preschool nursery based on the Waldorf child development principles. They have three daughters, Krista Anne, Brita, and Sarah Rose, and he and Marie enjoy watching them flourish.

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This ancient Ojibway legend predates contact with European settlers, but the drummer boy and the people he meets at the end of his journey couldn’t be more familiar to modern culture.

AnungCover webWhen the orphaned Anung sets out on his vision quest, he sees clearly that his purpose in life is to find the greatest chief of all and tell him of the many acts of kindness the mothers and fathers of the village have given to Anung.

When the people of his village learn of the vision, they are proud of him. For every man of the village loves Anung as his son. Every woman is his mother. They believe Gitche Manitou, the great creator, has chosen their son for a special journey.

In his quest to find the greatest chief, Anung travels through the 13 tribes of the First Nations, across forests, plains, water, and desert. Along the way, he is accompanied by Turtle, the interpreter of all languages. He finds friends in the most unlikely of places––a squirrel’s nest, a mother bear’s den, and a city filled with people from every tribe. At each stop, Anung and his drum sing of his mothers and fathers and his quest to meet the greatest chief.

What Anung finds at the end of his journey will both surprise and thrill readers of all ages. This ancient legend, told in the beautifully poetic style of Carl Nordgren, begs to be read aloud and savored.

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BecomingACreativeGeniusAgain800Becoming a Creative Genius {again} makes the case that we are all born creative and entrepreneurial geniuses, then shows you how to become the most creatively entrepreneurial version of yourself you can be. And is there a part of your life that won’t improve when that happens?

Those attending Nordgren’s workshops comment that his content prepares them to get the most out of:

Agile software development
Design thinking
Lean start-up methodology
Corporate innovation processes

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