Intentional Imagination:
Expanding What’s Possible

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Pursuing established ways of doing things in the face of inevitable harm violates the essential social compact of mutual benefit. When existing forms of cooperation make it seem that the values of one group must be sacrificed to the values of others, imagining new forms of cooperation restores hope.

Social structures become stronger when individuals challenge arrangements that benefit some at the expense of others and imagine alternative ways of cooperating for mutual benefit. Most people think imagination is a gift, but in our complex, world of specialized environments, imagination must be cultivated through practices like these:

  1. Examine assumptions
  2. Extend known resources
  3. Excavate concealed resources

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