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When It Comes to Dreaming, Kids = Pros.

There is one universal truth we’ve discovered in our nearly two years of creating Imagine When… statements in our community: Kids. Just. Get. It.  Our process goes something like this: whenever we gather, we begin our time together by dreaming. We begin with two words, “Imagine When…” and then we write whatever we’re dreaming of….

Four Life Lessons from TED.

When I was a little girl, I was painfully shy, socially awkward, and deeply sensitive. Every morning before school, I woke up with a tummy ache, anxious about the day ahead yet without words to explain how I felt. My goal for most school days was simply to get through without drawing attention to myself….

The Making of a TED Talk Part II: My heartbeat speaks…

In one week I’ll stand on stage at the Greensboro Historical Museum and give a TED talk. I’ll be exploring the role of imagination and dreaming in my life, and I’ll talk about how this grassroots project — Imagination Installations — has flourished in our community. This is, frankly, one of the most nerve-wracking things…

The Making of a TED Talk: Part I

      .   .                      I am giving a TED talk.   In 23 days, I’ll be on stage at TEDx Greensboro, speaking for 16 minutes about the Imagination Installations Project and my own experiences with the power of dreaming. I am, to be…

How Your Dreams Can Change the World

Last week, a 14 year old girl in Pakistan was shot in the head by the Taliban because she dared to dream. Malala Yousufzai is an outspoken advocate for education for girls in a country where most girls are denied the right to go to school. Malala believes all children have a right to pursue…

The Power of Imagination…

Artist Janet Echelman takes imagination SERIOUSLY and as a result makes innovative, astounding works of public art. What problems could we solve, what miracles might we create, if we trust our imaginations? Click the image below to see her art and hear her amazing TED Talk:    

“Why Are We Here?” and Other Important Questions…

Each Imagination Installation (II) meeting begins with a question: “Why are we here?” As we go around the table, we introduce ourselves and explain our motivation and commitment to this project. While the question and the process serve the purpose of introducing an ever-expanding group of people to each other, there’s a deeper meaning as…

It All Began with a Tweet…

Everything begins with a single spark of inspiration. The Empire State Building, the musical “Wicked”, every painting by Picasso, Facebook: each of these began as a tiny glimmer in the mind’s eye of one creative person. Think about it. Think about all the sparks we receive each and every day, ideas large or small that…

We’re Dreaming!

We’re so excited to share our story with you here… stay tuned for upcoming blog posts about the creation and evolution of this amazing project.