It's easy to forget that things could be better than they are. That's why imagination matters.
Rob let’s go for that bike ride and talk some more about this stuff. The design world is too often full of visions that get mangled by ill conceived implementation. And then what if….,.
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Spot on Rob, a timely read for me, it resonates! What attracted me to working the arts when I started out was the value of creativity in all of our lives and the independent platform for sharing unconventional ideas it can give people (prior to social media, those voice platforms were limited) - not the output but the process, and the value of seeing things in new imaginary ways, of problem solving, of thinking laterally - so we can apply it to find solutions, to kick back against against limitations, against what we've been told is possible, to restore, improve, react or repair - in our lives, communities, world. I'm glad people like you exist, and step off sometimes to see the wood for the trees to work out where to place your energies. And...well done Bramley Baths and many other community-led ventures - for creating more self-confidence within communities like in Bramley - to have and to create, more agency in our lives.
Love this Rob. Creativity, mystery, awe, spirit, whatever we call it we need more of it. For me this is less about creative solutions to the problems of life than it is about how we learn to fully express our humanity, our souls and values in ways that support life rather than destroy it. The problems that manifest ‘out there’ are symptoms of problems ‘in here’ (points to heart).
Vision and imagination are key to the process. But to often instead of a straight forward decision to act in ways that the support the vision we develop plans, blueprints and roadmaps and seek funding for implementation. And so we extend the status quo.
Thanks so much for writing this. I remember those bad old days too...
We really must meet up to see what opportunities for collaboration might emerge! 98% of 5yr olds have genius levels of creativity (imagination etc) and only 2% of adults - but we can re-train them to re-ignite their creative problem-solving skills!