Posted on February 3, 2012 by Christopher St. Clair
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Success carries its own need for change
Since World War II, East Asia has had the fastest-growing economy in the world. Japan was rapidly joined by China, Singapore, South Korea, and other nations seemingly swept along by each other’s successes in the marketplace.
From the beginning of its post-war ascent, East Asia has made education a priority. Now, the face of its education is changing. While this is much less debated than the economy, it is certain to have a profound effect on East Asian rapport with the West.
Filed under: Article | Tagged: Asia Society, China, Dr. Yeong Jin Ko, East Asia, East-West relations, economy, education, Gyeongnam Office of Education, High School for Arts Imagination and Inquiry, Imagination Lesso Plans, Japan, LCI, Lincoln Center Institute, Munhwa Broadcasting Company, National Arts Council of Singapore, Neo-Cultural Revolution--Life is Art, Nurturing Creativity, Ronnie Chan, Rudyard Kipling, Scott Noppe-Brandon, Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, SFAC, Singapore, South Korea, Sunah Kim, Vishakha N. Desai, World Innovation Summit for Education | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 13, 2012 by Scott Noppe-Brandon
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What do Disney, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and the U.S. Army have in common? Representatives from all three organizations appeared at America’s Imagination Summit, the education event that Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) hosted in New York City this past July. Their presence was not arbitrary; rather, I believe that the dynamic intersection of such diverse influencers can lead to change in our country’s schools.
Filed under: Article | Tagged: America's Imagination Summit, Celebration of Teaching & Learning, Center for BrainHealth, Council on Competitiveness, creativity, Disney, EdBlog, education, imagination, innovation, LCI, Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Institute, NASA, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Scott Noppe-Brandon, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Naval Academy | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 1, 2011 by Scott Noppe-Brandon
For those of you who haven’t been able to attend any Imagination Conversations, there are, fortunately, many recordings of these events available online. Since 2009, 36 Conversations have taken place across the U.S. We can now add to the list of those that have been recorded the Los Angeles and Florida Conversations.
Filed under: Link | Tagged: creativity, David Houle, Florida Imagination Conversation, imagination, imagination conversations, innovation, John Deasy, LA Unified School District, Larry Thompson, Lincoln Center Institute, Los Angeles Imagination Conversation, Music Center, Ringling College of Art and Design, Scott Noppe-Brandon, Sir Ken Robinson | 2 Comments »
Posted on October 4, 2011 by Christopher St. Clair
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When hurricane Irene hit, we instinctively looked to the individuals and organizations whom we admire for their imaginative strength to do something practical, something that would instantly come to the aid of those in need, without speeches, without philosophical observations, without ideological investment in the future. Something practical—now.
Filed under: Article | Tagged: America's Imagination Summit, Architecture for Humanity, Cameron Sinclair, Colombia, creativity, Dr. Edgar Rey Sanabria, Eric Liu, Ghana, Global Mamas, Hippocrates, hurricane Charley, hurricane Irene, ICI, imagination, Imagination First, innovation, Joshua Silver, kangaroo care, Katerva, Kristin Johnson, Kutamba AIDS Orphans School, LCI, Lincoln Center Institute, New York Times, Ode, Pasteur, Peace Corps, Renae Adam, Scott Noppe-Brandon, Thailand, Uganda, Victoria Kamsler | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 13, 2011 by Scott Noppe-Brandon
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An enhanced edition of Imagination First, the book I wrote with Eric Liu in 2009, was published in paperback on April 26th. Watching it go out into the world a second time has prompted me to revisit the question: what kind of impact would I like the book to have?
A brief, breezy personal anecdote will illustrate the more serious point I want to reach. I used to play racquetball on a regular basis with two friends, a Ph.D. in psychology and an attorney. The psychologist’s strategy—which may or may not have had to do with his profession—was invariably to try to psyche his opponents out and make us play below our usual level. But when I competed against Joe, the attorney, he played with a healthy intensity that drove me to play better—which then led him to play even better. We pushed each other to improve our games, and no matter who won, that always felt pretty good. Continue reading
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Posted on April 20, 2011 by Christopher St. Clair
In their 2009 book Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility, Imagination Now contributors Eric Liu and Scott Noppe-Brandon debunked a few myths, took imagination off its lofty pedestal, and made their premise clear: everyone has imagination! It is an essential cognitive skill that this society needs in large supplies if it is to meet the future head-on, and since it is a skill, it must be practiced.
The pragmatic approach, resulting in the description of actual imagination practices that are at the core of the book, paid off: the readers were at the very least intrigued, at best they were inspired to change their work strategies, their academic practices, even their private lives. They came from fields of interest as diverse as those of the imagination practitioners described on the book’s pages: think food retailer, teacher, marine corps officers.
Imagination First has just been reprinted in paperback edition. There was a specific purpose to this second edition: to reflect on what had been learned since the first edition, to “enhance” the book with additional texts and information, and, given its original success, to make sure that it reached the widest audience ever. Continue reading
Filed under: Announcement | Tagged: Eric Liu, imagination, Imagination First, Imagination First practices contest, Lincoln Center Institute, Scott Noppe-Brandon | 6 Comments »
Posted on March 23, 2011 by Linda Miles
I noticed recently that a number of readers had arrived at the Imagination Now site hoping to learn more about the imagination-creativity-innovation continuum, something that Scott Noppe-Brandon speaks about often and something that comes up frequently as a topic of discussion during the Imagination Conversations happening around the country. To help satisfy that curiosity, here is an explication of the concept that might serve as a foundation for your own further discussion or investigation:
“We define imagination simply as the capacity to conceive of what is not—something that, as far as we know, does not exist; or something that may exist but we simply cannot perceive, It is the ability to conjure new realities and possibilities: in John Dewey’s words, ‘to look at things as if they would be otherwise.’…
“If imagination is the capacity to conceive of what is not, then creativity, in turn, is imagination applied: doing something, or making something, with that initial conception. But not all acts of creativity are inherently innovative. In our view, innovation comes when an act of creativity has somehow advanced the form….
“Imagination → Creativity (imagination applied) → Innovation (novel creativity)”
Liu, Eric, and Scott Noppe-Brandon. Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009, p. 19-20.
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