Leaps International to Keynote 2005 IODA World Conference
Imagination and Social Change: Insights of Philosopher Maxine Greene
our world, the arts are no longer some parallel experience
you have along the way, but rather a powerful source of insight and transformation
feeding directly into the thinking, feeling and acting of daily life
- full of possibility, truth and optimism.
In September 2005, Creative Leaps International will keynote
the 2005 world conference of the International Organizational Development
Association (IODA) in Gunajuato, Mexico. The conference will focus on issues of
leadership, imagination and social consciousness as informed by the seminal
thinking of Maxine Greene, renowned philosopher of education and the arts.
Noted for her outspoken views on applying imagination courageously in the
social sphere, Dr. Greene has inspired generations of educators, social
activists and artists throughout the United States and abroad.
“We can’t separate imagination from the ethical, the
political, the social,” says Greene. “It is our opening to what is not yet,
what might be, new possibilities.” But she adds, “Not all imagination is
benevolent. There is also dark imagination. We need experience with destructive
imagination before we can engage constructive imagination. It starts with
dread, with noticing. We must bear witness…What comes before social justice is
the perception of injustice—the saying, ‘This is inhumane.’ Then, we ask
what can we do to repair it—to make it better. This is social imagination.”
Creative Leaps team will design its keynote presentation, the Concert of Ideas™,
to explore the implications of Dr.
Greene’s insights and the profound questions they raise. A catalyst for
thinking and dialogue, the Concert of Ideas™
is a signature presentation of Creative Leaps International that includes
music, poetry, and theatre. The Concert of Ideas™ specially designed for the IODA conference will center
upon keynote ideas from Dr. Greene and other provocative thinkers across the
centuries and around the globe.