Radical Imagination

Earlier this week, our group facilitated a class discussion on the Radical Imagination. In my own mind, the conversation flowed well, and the group worked together in sync. The class was engaged and brought up meaningful responses to the questions that were asked. The feedback from the Professor, and the classmates were positive and constructive. Overall, I felt good about the topic, and good about my groups style of presentation. Furthermore, this is certainly a topic that I would like to explore more in-depth, to further grasp the significance of such a thought and/or action.  Because what exactly is radical imagination? And how is it defined? How is it measured? And who gets to define what is and what is not radical? At first, it might seem easy to assume that this term can be dissected through nothing more than a lens that requires little common sense. I promise it is much more complex than that.

Radical imagination inspires, motivates, and often times gives hope to those who can find no hope themselves. Radical imagination allows us to see the possibilities, and the realities of a world, that many are unable to conceptualize themselves. The imagination is the seed, which can grow into something beautiful, or it can grow into something ugly. That all depends on he we nurture and cultivate that seed. We must continue to use our radical imaginations, and speak truth to power. But rather than reinventing the wheel of the radicalism that we saw in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, how can we encourage the next wave of radical activism. A wave that sees the radicalism of yesterday as a foundation that can be improved upon, something that can evolve such as the culture and society in which we live.  Signing off with a quote from Einstein, in the power of imagination, “”Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” And if Imagination gives birth to evolution, the radical imagination gives birth to revolution.

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2 thoughts on “Radical Imagination”

  1. I thought you did a great job and your contribution was outstanding. Thank you for taking on a difficult topic and inspiring the class to learn more and to expand their imagination!

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  2. I loved how fully you took to the topic! It really made me feel warm to see you diving deep into the subject, and it feels like the right amount of chaotic thought to use when making meaning out of past, current, and future social work initiatives. I largely think this kind of inspiration is most effectively spread amongst the youth who are not nearly as set in their ways, in addition to adults willing to listen and at times, de-center themselves. Onward and upward!

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