We humans face urgent environmental, social, and political challenges and opportunities that are global in scale.
To meet them, we will need to perform unprecedented feats of imagination, innovation, and responsiveness to each other and to the environment.
Learning to become massively creative and wildly imaginative might be the most powerful and necessary response we can make as humans and as artists.
The first step? Perhaps we need to wildly imagine ways to live outside of the "rules" that have brought our cultures, economies, histories, identities, to the brink ... while retaining the spirit of rules intended to support human life.
"Curitiba has one of the most heavily used, yet low-cost, transit systems in the world. It offers many of the features of a subway system—vehicle movements unimpeded by traffic signals and congestion, fare collection prior to boarding, quick passenger loading and unloading—but it is above ground and visible. Around 70 percent of Curitiba’s commuters use the BRT to travel to work, resulting in congestion-free streets and pollution-free air for the 2.2 million inhabitants of greater Curitiba."
"We are singing and preaching for local economies and real--not mediated through products--experience. We like independent shops where you know the person behind the counter or at least - you like them enough to share a story. We ask that local activists who are defending themselves against supermalls, nuke plants, gentrification--call us and we'll come and put on our "Fabulous Worship!" Remember children...Love is a Gift Economy!" — The Rev
"When Watson is separated from land, he tends to behave like Captain Nemo, which is to say that he does what he thinks is right, even if it involves a violation of custom or the destruction of property. There are a number of rules belonging to civilization that outrage his sense of morality, among them the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which asserts that sovereign states alone are the ocean’s enforcers. If such rules interfere with his agenda, then, as far as he is concerned, rules be damned. This is particularly true when whales are at issue. Watson believes that whales are more intelligent than people, and that their slaughter is tantamount to murder..." --Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker
"He proposes that a reduction of consumption be imposed on this oligarchy that has globalized poverty, so that it no longer feeds this unsustainable dream, which numbs the critical faculties of the entire planet to the point that it closes its eyes to the wall into which it is careening full speed ahead."- Hervé Kempf, author of the acclaimed Comment les riches détruisent la planète (How the Rich Destroy the Planet, Seuil, 2007).
"We are breaking with the neoliberal model. We do not believe in free trade. We believe in fair trade and exchange, not competition but cooperation. I'm not giving away oil for free. Just using oil, first to benefit our people, to relieve poverty. For a hundred years we have been one of the largest oil-producing countries in the world but with a 60 percent poverty rate and now we are cancelling the historical debt."- Hugo Chavez
"The role of the Internet in the international circulation of information on the indigenous rebellion in Chiapas developed quickly and has continued to evolve. Early on, the Internet provided a means for the rapid dissemination of information and organization through preexisting circuits, such as those which had been created as part of the struggle to block the NAFTA, or those concerned with Latin American and indigenous issues. These networks existed primarily at an international level, mostly in computer-rich North American and Western European countries."--Harry Cleaver
"These self-described techno-nerds devote their time and energies to demonstrating just how vulnerable the internet has made once-secure information. But are hackers merely the mischievous high-tech pranksters they purport to be, or serious criminals costing businesses billions each year? And can nations --"Hackers", PBS FRONTLINE
Everyday for a week, scan five blogs covering a contemporary topic that you care about deeply (a topic related to politics, environment, arts, culture, economy etc.). Pay attention to how people are wildly imagining future scenarios for this particular issue. Find an online exchange that might actually alter and shape how people understand and think about this issue in the coming weeks and months. After spending a week scanning the topic, write a short paragraph reflecting on how you feel "progress" and change unfolded online in relation to this topic. Decribe how the changes you tracked online contrast or match your own ideas and feelings about the future of the issue.
If there were no chance of failure, what kind of organization, project or business might you start tomorrow? Design a poster using any materials available to you (paint, markers, computer programs, collage, photos etc.) informing people about the key concepts of this organization/business/project. Use visual tools to summarize and communicate what you feel are the most important aspects of your idea.
Inspirational data >>> Lester Beall's Rural Electricfication Project posters
Find an example of when someone's wild imagination changed the course of history. Research this person/group and the change they made possible. Make a five minute video documentary using materials you find through your reserach: show how what they dared to wildly imagine as possible affects your life today. Inspirational subjects >>> Buckminster Fuller, Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Yunus, Yangari Maathai, Zapatistas, Shirin Ebadi, Lynn Nottage.
Answer the call to Innocentive.com
or Googles Google Workshop for Women Engineers