Presently we are at a precarious point in history. Perhaps we’ve always been in one but this one feels particularly piercing. If this is our reality, one filled with global grief, fear & uncertainty, what kind of future is possible for us? Where are we actually trying to go, and have we spent enough time imagining it?
It takes a lot of creativity to imagine a world that doesn’t exist while living within the realities of a world filled with a tremendous amount of suffering and oppression. In 2020, DPL EDI Manager Ozy Aloziem and Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre conceived of a radical imagination game as a part of Proyecto Sobremesa, a project that gathers and engages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists and cultural workers in intimate dinners to discuss and plan a liberated future. They recognized a need for radical imagination, accountability, and collaboration in creating the communities and organizations we desire. The purpose of the game is to collectively practice radical imagination so that new innovative ideas and solutions can come to light. It’s important to practice this muscle of radical imagination so that we can imagine and then create the institutions we’re all deserving of but that don't yet currently exist.
Join this opening session to learn more about radical imagination and how it can play a role in our libraries and communities.
- Define what radical imagination is in theory and praxis
- Engage participants in practicing radical imagination
- Learn tangible steps to move in the direction of sustainable change
Ozy Aloziem; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Denver Public Library