Revenge of the Right Brain
Logical and precise, left-brain
thinking gave us the Information
Age. Now comes the Conceptual Age -
ruled by artistry, empathy, and
Wired Magazine Feb 2005
Eric Liu &
Practice 3: Flip What’s
Make it wise to be
foolish, and every fool
will generate wisdom
Practice 10: Untie Your
Talk about your work with
someone who doesn't
Practice 5: Reinvent the
Be willing to give back the
Some things we take to be
laws of nature, or works of
mankind long ago perfected.
Take the wheel. If ever there
was a cliché about creative
work, it is that we should at
all costs avoid ‘‘reinventing
Lincoln Center Institute’s 50 Imagination Conversations
Project is an ambitious new initiative to explore the role
and importance of imagination in all areas of human
endeavor, from the artist’s studio to the classroom to the
Lincoln Center Institute is contributing to the discussion
with several ambitious projects designed to bring a
cornucopia of ideas concerning the propagation of the
imagination to educators (and others) across the country.
One project is 50 Imagination Conversations; the idea is to
hold a Conversation in each of the 50 states over the next
two years, culminating in America’s Imagination Summit
in spring 2011.
Nicholson’s “loose parts
“In any environment
both the degree of
creativity, and the
possibility of discovery,
are directly proportional
to the number and kinds
of variables in it.”
NEW POLL REVEALS STIFLING IMAGINATION IN SCHOOLS UNDERLIES
INNOVATION AND SKILLS DEFICIT
Evidence Points To New Values Coalition Of Swing Voters Ready to Act to Keep
Washington, D.C. (Jan. 24) – Results from a national poll were released today by
Research Partners identifying a new strand of swing voters poised to support candidates
and policy that ensures building capacities of the imagination in schools.
The new national survey of 1,000 likely voters, with a 3.1% margin of error, identifies that
30% of American voters are not only dissatisfied with public education’s narrow focus on
the “so-called” basics but that they also believe developing the imagination is a critical, but
missing, ingredient to student success in 21st century schools and moving students
57% of voters say they would be more likely to vote for
a candidate who came out
in support of more funding for development of skills of
the imagination in schools.
• 57% of voters say they would be less likely to vote for
a candidate who votes to cut
funding for building capacities of the imagination in
public education, and 36%
percent of voters say they would be much less likely to
73% of voters believe (63% strongly) that building
capacities of the imagination that
lead to innovation is just as important as the “so
called” basics for all students.
• 56% of American voters believe that, when compared
to other nations, America
devotes less attention to developing the imagination
and innovation. Only 19% of respondents believe the
United States is ahead.
You are already “doing” higher order thinking skills in
your room, you just need to let administration know it.
Advocate for yourself; no one else is going to. Use
guerilla warfare tactics.
Make an advocacy wall. Post reports from people and
agencies who speak the left-brained Corbusier
At the same time:
Let everyone know about the increasing importance of
right-brained thinking in the future economy .
White House Speech writer and advisor to President
Executive Director of the Lincoln Center Institute.
Innovation is impossible without Imagination.
When imagination becomes a habit, it can transform
your work and your life.