The Business of Imagination

As this blog has documented, in recent years, the business community has become increasingly aware of the importance of imagination, creativity, and innovation to its success. Now, a press release announces the Creativity in Business Conference, set to take place on October 23 at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C.

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Imagination Conversation Report: National Update–June/July 2010

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As summer gets underway, Lincoln Center Institute’s (LCI) Imagination Conversations initiative is moving full speed ahead. A Conversation took place in West Memphis, Arkansas, on July 14, and another will occur in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, on July 27 and 28. More are planned for the fall in Indiana; Ohio; Colorado; New Jersey; South Carolina; Maryland; Minnesota; Nebraska; and Texas. For details, visit http://imaginationconversation.org. Read on to learn how the project is progressing. Continue reading

Back by Popular Demand

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Just a month ago, on April 19, Connecticut hosted an Imagination Conversation, and, to our delight, it will host a second Conversation this Monday, May 24. Steven Dahlberg, director of the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, was inspired by the lively debate of the first event, which he hosted, so he proposed another one. This Conversation will take place 7:00–9:00 pm at The Studio @ Billings Forge in Hartford. The theme is “Unleashing and Harnessing the Imagination in Learning and Work,” which certainly sounds provocative. The citizens eager to delve into the importance and potential of the imagination are asked to bring their own “imagination story.”

But no promotion is needed from us; let us just quote Mr. Dahlberg’s blog:

“Connecticut has a long tradition of creativity, invention and innovation, but the current economic downturn and increased worldwide competition mean that we cannot take our position for granted. Now more than ever, we must nurture imagination in our schools, create environments for innovation in workplaces, and build cultures for creativity in our communities.”

Decidedly food for thought. Equally inspiring is the fact that Connecticut isn’t the only state that has decided to organize not just one but a whole series of Conversations: Massachusetts and Ohio have already done so. Here’s hoping the trend will continue.

If you wish to attend the May 24 Imagination Conversation, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/665180573 for detailed information.

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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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