Poaching from Stanford d school, day two

Today we read a blurb from the alumni magazine. We began by writing our answers to the question posed at the outset — can imagination be taught — and then read the first 500 words or so of the article.

I was really happy with my response until I read what the students had to say:

“I think you can teach someone to be imaginative. You just have to expose them to different things. And make them want to think differently and dream of big goals.” TC

“Imagination can be taught because I had to learn that seeing is believing. You can imagine anything.”

“Instead of looking at things how they are look at them how you could change them.” QG

“I think people who say they “lack” imagination just have less of a skill in bringing it out. That part can be taught definitely.” IB

“Imagination is more powerful when you are inspired by something or when you want to do something different. Imagination is already in you, it’s your choice to express it…Whatever you love to do is helping your imagination because your constantly trying to think outside of the box and that’s where your imagination comes from, like when you want something you have an image in your head on how to get it.”

Best points to debate Monday:

“No one can teach you how to picture an image you have not experienced.”

“I think imagination can be taught in a way but if it’s taught it wouldn’t be as strong as someone’s who learned it on their own or someone who has it naturally.” TJC
(Note I could debate this forever — what a great insight)

“Some people’s imagination gets stronger with age and some people’s imaginations get duller with age.”

“Getting someone to think outside the box with precise imagery and unrealistic thoughts helps with imagination.”

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