Submit an Imagination Practice and Your Idea May Be Featured in the New Paperback Edition of Imagination First!

Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility will be out in paperback in spring of 2011! This time around, Lincoln Center Institute will take an interactive approach with our readers by incorporating some of your ideas into this publication—you never know, you may just end up with your name in print!

To submit an imagination practice that you would like us to consider for inclusion in the spring 2011 Imagination First paperback edition, we ask that you enter our ongoing imagination practices contest. As you may know, LCI has been running this contest since spring 2010 and awarding winners with an iPod. (Our first winner was a wonderfully imaginative Colorado teacher who had come up with a toy to get families to use their imaginations.) As you also know, Imagination First is based on real-life imagination practices used “routinely” by those in the workforce, including educators, inventors, businesspeople, and even army officers. The new edition will have a greater focus on education.

So, we invite you to send in your own imagination practice NOW. Practices must be sent to us by November 15th to be in the running for prizes including an iPod, and, now, the possible inclusion of your entry in the new edition of the book as well.

What do you do to fire up your imagination and the imaginations of others?

Please visit for more information, to view the imagination practices contest rules and to enter. Let us hear from you today!

LCI Announces Contest–Play Now!


If you’ve read Imagination First, you know that imagination can be practiced until it becomes your number one helper in daily life, in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen—everywhere you need it. To prove the point, the book focuses on many successful professionals, from a Disney Imagineer to a Whole Foods exec, who set some time aside every day to actively practice imagination. Their practices are fascinating and range from “Why didn’t I think of that?” to “OMG, I never would have thought of that.”

So what’s your practice? Describe it for us and tell us how it serves you. It doesn’t matter whether you use it to teach, to learn, to expand your horizons through books or travel, or to communicate with your teenager. We want to know about it, and we’ll even reward you for it. Lincoln Center Institute is conducting a friendly contest: every three months we’ll choose the practice that most captures our own imagination and the winner will get an iPod, a gift from publishers Jossey-Bass, and other “merchandise”—meaning fun stuff from different companies. And don’t worry if you don’t send us your practice by the first deadline: you’ll have another chance, and a third! So play!

For deadlines and specific rules click here. Good luck!