Wednesday, April 13, 2005
The power of imagination
Early creativity - imagining the future?
There are those that say we are in the twilight of a society based on data.
As intelligence and information becomes the domain of the computer society will place a new value on what can not be automated – emotions, imagination, intuition and creativity.
The imagination is particularly important and is not able to be measured. Imagination allows us to visualize a realistic future and prevents us from reaching premature conclusions, or hardening of the categories.
Imagination allows us to leap ahead into uncertainty and is our primary tool for progress because it is driven by incomplete information and inconclusive ideas. Not qualities loved by the planners who work by brute common sense!
Imagination unlocks creativity – and creativity is difficult quality to control.
Creativity also develops positive sense of self and the confidence 'to go where angels fear to tread'. Those with imagination and creativity are happy to stretch or bi-pass accepted rules and to invent new possibilities.
Without these qualities the 'status quo' rules the day – until it suffocates the very energy it needs for its own survival.