Imagination First Unlocking the Power of Possibility

ISBN-10: 1118013689
ISBN-13: 9781118013687
Edition: 2009
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List price: $11.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 5/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594

When imagination becomes a habit, it can transform your work and your life.The best corporations know that innovative thinking is the only competitive advantage that cannot be outsourced. The best schools are those that create cultures of imagination. No wonder then that the decisions that compromise our economy, and even our national security, are often blamed on the "failure of imagination." This book introduces us to a wide variety of individuals who have learned how to make a habit of imaginative thinking and creative action. It offers a set of universal practices that anyone can use to transform their life at work, home, and play. These 28.5 (yes, that's 28 and a half) practices, with titles like Mix Your Metaphors, Think Inside the Box, and Routinize Randomness, will enable anyone to become more imaginative and to teach others to do so as well-from corporate executive to educator to platoon sergeant. Offers 28.5 practices for unlocking anyone's imagination Dispels the myth that "you either have it or you don't" Contains stories of creative leaders, teachers, artists, and scientists that clearly illustrate the practices Eric Liu is the author of The True Patriot and Guiding Lights: How to Mentor Scott Noppe-Brandon, who conceived the book, is the Executive Director of Lincoln Center Institute

K.M.Kaung started writing fiction as a teenager in Burma. She comes from a family of story tellers in Myingyan in Upper Burma. Her paternal grandmother May May Gyi, saw the last king of Burma - Thibaw, taken away on a steamboat on the Irrawaddy River by the British in 1886.Kyi May Kaung's father U Kaung was named after the King's first envoy to the West, Kinwun Mingyi U Kaung.Her father was a well known educationist and the first chairman of the Burma Historical Commission.As a child Kyi May was privileged to have noted scholars and artists come to visit the house.Dr. Kaung holds a doctorate in Political Economy from the University of Pennsylvania.Her work has been previously published in anthologies and literary journals, and she has read widely in universities and bookstores in N. America and Southeast Asia. From 1997-2001 she had a poetry and political commentary program on air, broadcast to Burma/Myanmar. Edward Albee praised her two act play, Shaman, and she has won Pew, Fulbright and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grants.This is her first CreateSpace publication. Upcoming are a full length novel Wolf, and a novella, The Rider of Crocodiles.You may find her on her bloghttp://kyimaykaung.blogspot.comon Facebook www.facebook.com/kyi.m.kaungand at Kyi Kaung@kyikaung on Twitter.Her web site is www.kmkaung.comShe divides her time between N. America, travel in Asia and on cyberspace.

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

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