Upcoming Meetings

Wichita State University Student Presentations

February 07, 2017
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Rhatigan Student Center, Room 256 (Edmiston Room)
1845 Fairmount
wichita, KS 67260

Wichita State University Student Presentations

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Change Management

March 14, 2017
5:45 PM to 7:30 PM

Caesar's Table
125 N Market
Wichita, KS 67202

Our speaker will be Steve Mayle and this will be a joint meeting with ASQ

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Welcome to the APICS Wichita Chapter!2016 C-BAR award

Are you interested in getting more involved with the operations of the Wichita Chapter?  We have three board positions open (VP of Marketing, VP of Publications and President-Elect).  No experience is necessary.  For more information, contact Sandy Jessop at president@apics-wichita.com.

Message from our President - Is 2017 the Year of Fear?

Fear of change has been seen throughout history from the binding and printing of books to the invention of the television. Despite these fears, some ambitious people looked past it all and dreamed of something different. They changed the world. I would ask that as you read through these examples from the past, you consider your own situation and think about what is holding you back. Don’t be afraid to change.

1. WRITING. Socrates, who never wrote, said that the invention of writing would produce forgetfulness and only a semblance of wisdom, but not truth or real judgment. His student Plato, writing on a scroll, agreed, saying that writing was a step backward for truth.

2. BOUND BOOKS. The first commercially successful printing press operation started in 1458. The cultural elite of the day weren’t impressed. A prominent monk named Trithemius of Sponheim wrote in 1492, “Printed books will never be the equivalent of handwritten codices.” Why? “Because scribes display more diligence and industry than printers.”Even beneficiaries didn’t get its impact. Martin Luther wrote to the Pope in 1518, “It is a mystery to me how my theses were spread to so many places.”

Philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm said in 1680, over 200 years after the invention of the printing press, that “the horrible mass of books that keeps growing might lead to a fall back into barbarism.”

Presbyterian preacher Vicesimus Knox attacked the novel in 1778, more than 150 years after Don Quixote, saying that few students would study Homer or Virgil when they could read Tom Jones or “a thousand inferior or more dangerous novels.”

In War and Peace, published in 1869, Leo Tolstoy writes that the “most powerful of ignorance’s weapons” is “the dissemination of printed matter.” That’s over 400 years after the press came along.

3. TELEPHONE. The problems continue with modern technology. In 1877, The New York Times wrote a ferocious attack against Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone for its invasion of privacy. One writer wrote, “We will soon be nothing but transparent heaps of jelly to each other.” The wealthy Mark Twain was the first in his town to put a phone in his house, yet passed on an opportunity to be an early investor, thinking it had no market.

4. TELEGRAPH.Spectator magazine worried about the “constant diffusion of statements in snippets,” when they were commenting about the telegraph, in 1889.

5. RADIO. Guglielmo Marconi thought he’d perfected “wireless technology” in 1895. He saw no further use for it. It took 25 years for people to realize the radio could be used not just for 1-on-1 communication, but for broadcasting. As the radio began to take off, he doubted the value of his work, asking, “Have I done the world good, or have I added a menace?” Further, when Marconi invented wireless audio transmission, he wrote to the ministry of Post and Telegraphs, explaining his wireless telegraph machine and asking for funding. He never received a response to his letter. Instead, the minister referred Marconi to an insane asylum.

6. CINEMA. Actor Charlie Chaplin said in 1916, two years into his film career, “The cinema is little more than a fad. It’s canned drama. What audiences really want to see is flesh and blood on the stage.”

7. COMPUTERS. IBM Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Watson famously said in 1943, “There is a world market for about five computers.”

8. TELEVISION. 20th Century giant Daryl Zanuck said in 1946, “Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”