Tag: imagination

  • Imagination and the Ways of the World

    Imagination and the Ways of the World

      “The meaning of life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” [Johannes Jacobus van der Leeuw]      We get so wrapped up in the idea of maximizing future experiences that we miss the joy of what happens in the present moment. The effort of constantly projecting ourselves into…

  • Four Truths to Shift Our Thinking, Find Our True North

    Four Truths to Shift Our Thinking, Find Our True North

    Things rarely turn out the way we imagined, but without imagination, we hardly ever dare to think we can gain admission to the adventure that is life.  Joyce had her “star turn” as the off-stage lover in Il Tabarro with one single line. Despite her being the only young artist of her class to fail…

  • The Roles Imagination and Creativity Have in Our Lives

    The Roles Imagination and Creativity Have in Our Lives

      “The real key is being able to imagine a new world. Once I imagine something new, then answering how to get from here to there involves steps of creativity. So I can be creative in solving today’s problems, but if I can’t imagine something new, than I’m stuck in the current situation.” [John Seely…

  • What it Takes to Bring Something New to the World

    What it Takes to Bring Something New to the World

    “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” [Albert Einstein] When we look at the genesis of a company and even an entire industry, we find an idea and someone who was willing to stick it out to make it happen. Starting something new is exciting. A new idea is…

  • Why a Good Book Opens a Secret Door

    Why a Good Book Opens a Secret Door

    Many of the stories we read as children open new worlds to us. By cultivating this interior space we call imagination, we learn to weave together ideas we get with situations we face in the world. What is real? It depends on who we ask more than we'd like to admit. Mac Barnett is the…

  • Imagination’s Role in the New Culture of Learning

    Imagination’s Role in the New Culture of Learning

    Learning is an adventure in imagination where context plays a leading role. We have a harder time understanding our world without understanding our worldview. Sometimes we refuse to take in new information because it conflicts with the way we see the world. In Einstein: His Life and Universe Walter Isaacson describes how the scientist came…

  • Sir Ken Robinson on the Relationship Between Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation

    Sir Ken Robinson on the Relationship Between Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation

    “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at least you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw Sir Ken Robinson's body of work is one deserving of attention.…

  • Tina Seelig: The 6 Characteristics of Truly Creative People

    Tina Seelig: The 6 Characteristics of Truly Creative People

    Really creative people look at problems through a different lens, they often reframe the problem says Tina Seelig, executive director of Stanford University’s Technology Ventures Program. For example, instead of asking for a conclusion — what is the sum of 5 + 5? They would look at the equation by asking what two numbers add…

  • Challenging Limiting Frames

    Challenging Limiting Frames

    Fear of failure often keeps us from experimenting with ideas and expanding options. In Creativity, Inc. Ed Catmull describes many fight-or-flight situations at Pixar, and then at Disney — circumstances when trading imagination for a safe bet were tempting: Originality is fragile. And in its first moments, it's often far from pretty. This is why…

  • Understanding the 5 Levers of Creativity

    Understanding the 5 Levers of Creativity

    Teresa Amabile says creativity has three parts: expertise, the ability to think flexibly and imaginatively, and motivation. While the metric of accountability is important in becoming an expert (see the five attributes of being an expert), and the ability to think flexibly and imaginatively can be practiced, it takes time and effort to build these…