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Dreaming From The Heart, Not The Mind by Robin White Star

Our mind (or ego) loves to make requests.  Things we think we ought to do, have to have, should be doing in our life by the time we are a certain age, etc.  These mind requests have nothing to do with our heart requests.  Mind requests are like the decisions we make – logical, symmetrical,…

Imagine When… Winston: An Interactive Public Art Installation

The Dream Machine, an innovative public art collaboration, was created in honor of Winston-Salem’s Centennial (The 100 year anniversary of the towns Salem and Winston merging). The prominent youth arts and writing group, Authoring Action, teamed up with the creative community collective, Imagination Installations, and local artist Wren Wilson to build a piece of art which would reflect…

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….

It’s Been 100 Years: When Will You Learn?

  When will you learn? The fact of the matter is that the facts are dynamic. To dream for the future, one must first understand the present. To understand the present, one must first flip back to yesterday. Another ‘X’ on the calendar, is it really over? Yes, we have moved past the days when…

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 to Create a Dream Incubator

My 18 year old son, Nicholas, wrote the following essay in answer to the college application question, “What are you outraged about? What are you doing about it on a local level?” _____________________________________________________________________ We live in a democracy, but only those who already have power, fame, money or all three have any real ability to…

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: