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WWL: Imagination Conversation
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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Imagination is crucial


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Imagination, the ability to visualize new possibilities, is a prerequisite for success in the 21st century global economy.  America has long been the vanguard of creation and innovation, but an economic downturn and increased worldwide competition mean that we cannot take our position for granted.

On April 19, 2010, the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination and the University of Connecticut, in affiliation with Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education (LCI), will hold an Imagination Conversation at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford Campus.

This Conversation will focus on the role of imagination in education, creative community and economic development, and creative leadership in organizations. It seeks to build a relevant imagination-fueled agenda for the state to pursue. ICCI will coordinate follow-up action that emerges from this conversation, as well as additional future conversations.

It is LCI's contention, as well as that of numerous scientists, government leaders, and educators, that imagination must be taught to children in our schools and nurtured in our communities. Applying imagination is crucial if Americans are to not only compete in the 21st-century marketplace, but create positive, flourishing communities that continually engage every citizen's creativity, imagination and ideas.

The taped Imagination Conversation will air on Where We Live Friday April 23. 

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Next Connecticut Imagination Conversation, May 24 in Hartford






  Unleashing and Harnessing the Imagination in Learning and Work *


MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010, 7:00-9:00 P.M.

The Studio @ Billings Forge,

539-563 Broad Street

Hartford, Connecticut 06106

Free and open to the public.

RSVP: <http://www.eventbrite.com/event/665180573>

MORE INFO: conversation@appliedimagination.org or


Imagination Conversations bring together citizens from diverse fields -- including education, business, government, arts and nonprofits -- to explore the importance of imagination in life, work and society. Connecticut has a long tradition of creativity, invention and innovation, but the current economic downturn and increased worldwide competition mean that we cannot take our position for granted. Now more than ever, we must nurture imagination in our schools, create environments for innovation in workplaces, and build cultures for creativity in our communities. Bring your "imagination story" to the second Connecticut Imagination Conversation on May 24. This conversation is part of a national dialogue -- 50 conversations in 50 states -- sponsored by the Lincoln Center Institute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Join moderators Steven Dahlberg, Director, International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, and Janice La Motta, Program Coordinator, The Studio @ Billings Forge, plus invited guests and citizens from across Connecticut who care about the role of imagination and creativity in society.

Imagination in Play Come see 700 of CT's best young Inventors

Come to UCONN's Gampel Pavilion this May 1st to see 700 of Connecticut's newest and youngest inventors.   Representing more than 100 Schools, these K-8th Grade students have discovered their own real-life problems and invented a solution to solve that problem.  UCONN's School of Engineering is the host of this year's 27th Annual CT Invention Convention, where more than 220 Recognized Inventor awards are given to the best in class, as well as Special Category Awards from various Corporate donors and non-profits.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 10:00am promptly, and public view is from Noon to 1:30PM.

In addition to these bright children, the School of Engineering has numerous Engineering Exhibits to entice your imagination, as well as our famous Make 'n Take invention exercise where children of all ages can INVENT for real in real-time with all kinds of "stuff".

Join us for our 27th Year of Imagination in Play (TM), May 1st, 2010 - Gampel Pavilion UCONN Storrs Campus.


By the way... Imagination Conversation was great... WE NEED TO TALK MORE ABOUT IT!


 Has anyone looked into or discussed the role Destination ImagiNation and Odyssey of the Mind play in the creation and support of developing creativity in children in CT?  Our DI team is heading to the Global Finals tournament in May in Knoxwille Tennessee, where 10,000 students from grades 1- University level will compete in challenges based on creativity, teamwork and problem solving.  Kids from every state and 30 countries participate.  Check out: www.idodi.org!