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.