Imagination Summit at Lincoln Center: Big Thinking for America

Teacher educator and play and improvisation advocate, Carrie Lobman, attended America’s Imagination Summit in NYC last week, sponsored by the Lincoln Center Institute, the education wing of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Summit activity?  “Imagination conversations” that could tap the creativity and big-picture thinking of participants — business leaders, politicians, academics, educators and artists — to imagine how America can become more creative, innovative and imaginative. Creativity guru, Sir Ken Robinson,was among the keynote presenters. The room buzzed with ideas, says Carrie at

Some of  the people I found myself listening to most intently were not who you would expect to see at a conference on imagination. For example, retired Judge Judith Kaye…spoke passionately about the ways our system has criminalized youth through failed education….and a juvenile justice bureaucracy that leaves learning and development out in the cold….She stated loudly and vehemently that, “I am sick to death of data! We have enough data. ENOUGH!! We know what the problem is—how do we solve it?”

Alfonso Romo, President of EducarUno, announced…Design for Change, which will reach over 100,000 Mexican schoolchildren….The entire conference was an inspiration to me as someone who is dedicated to reinitiating the development of the human species through play and who thinks that if we are going to do that we are going to have to start doing the inconceivable for and with our children.  [Read more here.]


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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