Social Imagination

During a wonderful conversation today with Grant Lichtman, the topic of deliberation came up as a key characteristic for deep human interaction. In turn, I thought of this beautiful quote on the importance of social imagination.  I hope you open yourself to deliberation in your dealings (not debate) and exercise your human freedom and power to imagine how events could be otherwise than they are….

“Imagining how events could be otherwise than they are is a hallmark freedom and power of human beings. Making social imagination work for us involves us in new concepts and principles, in new ways of using our minds to grasp complexities we do not yet comprehend. Thinking this way helps us construct new social realities both locally and globally. Social imagination is not merely for the sake of of academic knowing; it must include our feelings, and it must include our acting.”- D. Bob Gowin in Boulding (1998)