The Future of IMAGINE. Be a part of it!
It’s only been a little over a year – the future of IMAGINE, where do we go from here? We’ve had two opening acts packed with hundreds of imaginative visions and beyond. No doubt, it’s a tough act to follow. The next (third) stage of IMAGINE-ation, what will it be? What will IMAGINE 3.0 promise and deliver? Your input is needed and necessary. We invite you to submit your thoughts and ideas for all are called to use their imaginations to visualize and realize the most promising possibilities!
After a year of publishing upwards of 300 essays on the power of the imagination, it’s time to activate our imaginings and imaginative visions and live the Questions that IMAGINE was established to answer. The challenge is to put visions-dreams into action, which begins with great ideas and rolling up our sleeves. The call is to do more than simply IMAGINE. We must actualize The Collective Imagination by being ready-willing-able to turn our inspiring visions into reality. Your vision-passion-participation-involvement-support is key!
Help us reimagine IMAGINE! How do we empower-maximize-optimize our potential? How do we take-use what IMAGINE has imagined, forged, developed, created, organized, and become? How do we assess, leverage, amplify, and activate its content, contacts, community, following, and momentum, and take it to the next logical level? Send us your thoughts to IMAGINEzine1@gmail.com.
We thank you for your generous time, consideration, and participation, and look forward to hearing from you!
Marta Davidovich Ockuly4 months ago
How quickly a year flies by! I want to congratulate you on persisting in your passion for promoting imagination and those who enlighten others about its power. While working on my doctoral research I came across a study that counted the number of times the word ‘imagination’ came up in research articles and the number was so dismal I don’t want to repeat it. You and the scholars and imaginers you have inspired to participate have positively moved the needle forward. We must not allow imagination to be ignored or downplayed. The cost is too high. The fact there is no creativity without first imagining should be enough of a reason keep imagination and your work showcasing it – in the forefront. I am so grateful for your dedication and huge investment in this work. We all have a role to play. Keep shaking this tree!
Marta Ockuly4 months ago
Congratulations Mark for bringing together so many imaginers and visionaries! The cause of promoting, encouraging, and highly valuing human imagination is strongly linked – I believe – to moving humanity past basic survival to creating conditions that promote flourishing of all living things and beings on Earth. This is not a task to take lightly – yet those of us committed to reimagining the future in the present -face challenges relating to isolation as well as overwhelm when looking at the state of our planet,. Polution, overpopulation, hunger, disease, wars, discrimination and inequality are monstrous threats. It seems to me – only imagining new solutions and ways of protecting the rights of nature as fiercely as the rights of individuals and organizations are protected is a beginning. I imagine all weapons of war being abolished, and international citizenship for every person with equal rights and responsibilities. I imagine my identity as a resident and co-creator of planet earth 2050, I’m also suggesting the nearly 300 essays submitted to you at the launch of this platform be published in an ebook. Publicity and proceeds could be used to invite even more people to add their imaginings for co-creating our future. Let’s imagine!
Mark Riva4 months ago
Marta, I can’t thank you enough for your passionate involvement and commitment to this project and all of your support since day one. You have done an amazing job in bringing creativity and imagination together and I am so proud to have you playing an integral part in this important initiative. From the deep perspective of your vivid thoughts and tireless efforts on the dynamic level that you are on, I believe we all can gain a lot of important insights into how to use creative imagination to live better lives and help the world be a better place in the process! — Mark
Mark Riva4 months ago
You are all invited in many ways to get involved and help shape what IMAGINE is now and what it can be. We are optimistic and hopeful that our small but potent scene has what it takes to generate an active community that produces the kind of strong players and committed co-creators who will join us in seeing IMAGINE take seed, grow, and expand to its fullest potential. The fresh start we are embarking on is a unique opportunity for kindred spirits to be part of designing and driving a vehicle at the ground floor level, one that is definitely on the move in inspiring a stronger movement into the future of our own making. So get pumped up. Take a closer look at what we’re all about and where you come in. Think about what you bring to the party; how you want to use it and where you want to take it. Pitch in any small way you can. Every little bit counts and always adds up to something that is bigger than the sum of the parts.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” — Goethe
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Todd Siler4 months ago
Congratulations for catalyzing this movement of curious minds with imagination! Indeed, IMAGINE 2023 is much more than decades in the making: It bears the marks of eons in its evolution of people working to realize human creative potential.
The Future of IMAGINE can serve to support this evolution in innovation, transcending the barriers between today’s compartmentalized knowledge, professions and endeavors thereby enabling people to exchange ideas more freely—building on them instead of building more walls between them.
It can further fuel the “engines of innovation”, producing new technologies born from the imagination of thought leaders who demonstrate how creative inquiry and aesthetic experiences in the Arts & Sciences advance knowledge creation-sharing-collaborations boldly developing important innovations.
IMAGINE: An open resource platform for scoping practical solutions to urgent, real-life challenges that impact our lives, life on earth and our present-future. Imagine putting into action our collective creative-critical thinking skills that are quintessential to “inventional & innovational wisdom”. The best proposed solutions could be linked and explored with a world of progressive people & organizations (e.g., Alex Steffen, “The route to a sustainable future” [TEDGlobal 2005] who said ‘It’s literally true that we can’t build what we can’t imagine,…The fact that we haven’t compellingly imagined a thriving, dynamic, sustainable world is a major reason we don’t already live in one.’
WorldChanging Institute ; Malta Conferences Foundation ‘using science diplomacy as a bridge to peace in the Middle East’ ; NEXUS.org, Collaborative Change Library, Avaaz.org ; The Millennium Project, influential Think Tanks worldwide, W.H.O., C.D.C., COP27 on UN climate talks, etc.), there are so many outstanding people & organizations not only envisioning ways of mobilizing our collaborative imagination–but, equally important, they’re already working on implementing the most viable solutions.
IMAGINE 2023 can contribute to this ongoing ArtScience of Innovation!