Academic journal article Childhood Education

Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility

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IMAGINATION FIRST: Unlocking the Power of Possibility. Eric Liu and Scott Noppe-Brandon. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009. 228 pp. Hardcover, $24.95. In a world that currently places strong emphasis on producing the "right" answers, Imagination First implores its readers to take a step back and try immersing themselves in the art of imagination. Written in a straightforward, easy-to-read manner, Imagination First seamlessly blends examples from the study of psychology, business, and education to demonstrate our need for imagination in all facets of life.

This book will appeal to a wide range of audiences. Eric Liu is a published author and commentator, currently at the New America Foundation. He hosts a local NPR interview show called "The Power of Voice," teaches at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs, and writes for Slate magazine. Scott Noppe-Brandon is the executive director of Lincoln Center Institute, which supports learning about and through the arts. Both men have worked together for many years and strongly believe in "pedagogy of possibility."

The authors state that the purpose of this book is "to show you that it's possible to develop and cultivate imagination--at every concentric circle of human endeavor, from the personal to the global--and to show that we have no choice but to do so" (p. …

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