Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility
October 2009, Jossey-Bass
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Lincoln Center Institute.
Part One:The Premise.
What, Why, and How.
Part Two:The Practices.
Practice 1: Make Mist.
Ready, get still, go.
Practice 2: Leave the Campfire.
Know your enemy: it is you, scared.
Practice 3: Flip What's Foolish.
Make it wise to be foolish, and every fool will generate wisdom.
Practice 4: Make Way for Awe.
Nurture humility and the wonder that comes with it.
Practice 5: Reinvent the Wheel.
Be willing to give back the givens.
Practice 6: Think Inside the Box.
Make greedy, grateful use of limits.
Practice 7: Hoard Bits.
Collect obsessively; sift; trust that the right bits will emerge.
Practice 8: Mix Your Metaphors.
Change the metaphors that frame your reality.
Practice 9: Renew Your Narrative.
Ask whether your story still serves you.
Practice 10: Untie Your Tongue.
Talk about your work with someone who doesn't understand it.
Practice 11: Swap Bodies.
Lose yourself in a role.
Practice 12: Make a Gap.
Obscure part of the picture.
Practice 12.5: Finish the Story.
Make the ending open-ended.
Practice 13: Chunk It.
Show how small it all starts
Practice 14: Don't Blink.
Snap in slow motion; see how you get primed for decision.
Practice 15: Cloud Appreciation.
Search out ambiguity and sit with it.
Practice 16: Spotlight Off, Lantern On.
Trade sharp focus for full-field awareness.
Practice 17: Play Telephone.
Engage in meaning-laundering.
Practice 18: Help Out a Boobonian.
Make every task a quest.
Practice 19: Teach Nonzero Math.
Expand the pie before dividing it.
Practice 20: Microexperiment.
Test your hunches playfully.
Practice 21: Rewrite History.
Turn "what would've been" into "what could be"
Practice 22: Design for the Hallway.
Let informal spaces thrive.
Practice 23: Routinize Randomness.
Regularly rinse out expectations.
Practice 24: Ride the z-axis.
Find elemental forms, then play with scale.
Practice 25: Challenge Your Challenges.
Find better problems.
Practice 26: Break the Hand.
Unschool yourself periodically.
Practice 27: Yes and . . . .
Never say no to an idea.
Practice 28: Fail Well.
Treat failure like a skill.
Practice X: Make Up Your Own.
Part Three:The Purposes.
For Further Exploration.