Full Audio Podcast of the April 19th Imagination Conversation Now Available!

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Last Monday, Steven Dahlberg, director of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination in New Milford, CT, hosted the Connecticut Imagination Conversation, as part of its 50 Imagination Conversations project. The agenda for the event focused on education, community, and leadership, with an eye toward developing an innovative, state-wide agenda.

Recorded for broadcast on the Connecticut Public Radio program, “Where We Live,” and now the audio recording is available online—check it out!

For a brief, but very vibrant, summary by radio commentator John Dankosky, you can also visit http://whereweblog.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/715/#comments. “I am, by nature, both highly skeptical and wildly enthusiastic about [such] conversations,” begins Dankosky, who seems to have ended up being mostly wildly enthusiastic. The page welcomes comments.

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Talking Creativity and Social Change in CT

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Steven Dahlberg, director of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination in New Milford, CT, will host the Connecticut Imagination Conversation, presented in conjunction with Lincoln Center Institute as part of its 50 Imagination Conversations project. The event will take place on the evening of Monday, April 19th and will be recorded for broadcast on the Connecticut Public Radio program, “Where We Live.”

The Connecticut Conversation will focus on education, community, and leadership, with an eye toward developing an innovative, state-wide agenda. As Dahlberg writes, “Creativity and imagination matter in every aspect of society. Imagination matters for engaging students and teachers in meaningful education. It matters for bringing new ideas into reality to improve the economy. And it matters for helping people express their creative capacities in their work and their communities. We hope to help connect people who want to tap into more of their imagination and apply it for creating positive change across this state.”

This event coincides with work that Dahlberg has been focusing on through a course he teaches at the University of Connecticut-Greater Hartford called “Creativity + Social Change.” Check out the Creativity + Social Change blog to learn what his students have been up to.

Click here to learn more about this upcoming event.

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The Wider Possibilities of Invention

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In Imagination First, Eric Liu and I discuss “‘challenge awards’” that “spur the creation of what does not yet exist” (171). The Ansari X Prize, for example, awarded $10 million in 2004 to the brilliant minds behind the first nongovernmental manned space flight of a reusable craft. Such challenges are exciting, to be sure, but they also have unfortunate limitations: their super-specific goals mean that other, more everyday problems remain unacknowledged, and their substantial scope makes it impossible for ordinary people who aren’t independently wealthy to compete. Which is exactly why I find the 2010 BI-LO Invention Convention and the Connecticut Invention Convention so refreshing. Continue reading