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  • Writer's pictureWILLIAM A SLOAN

The Imaginarium

An Imaginarium is a place devoted to the imagination.

Good word, right? Better concept.

I don’t just mean creative ideas, though that’s where my head is these days...and most days, truth be told. I mean free form ideas about doing anything, anything at all, better or differently , or better and differently, which, I guess would make them creative there you are.

Where do they come from, these ideas? Why do some people see castles in the clouds and others just see weather? Why do some people see a certain inefficiency and think, what if X,Y and Z?, while others think, well, it’s never gonna change, so why bother? Curious.

So, since I work on a daily basis with a large, talented group of creative thinkers, I thought, why not stir the creative juices a little and challenge the outer limits of their minds and offer up a sophisticated playtime where, maybe they’ll be exposed to something or someone they’ve never had the pleasure of knowing before, or maybe they’ll be reintroduced to an old friend, but see them through a different lens? Worth exploring.

I do things like this as much for me as for anyone else because I love a challenge, I love an assignment and I love to find out what I don’t know. And that could fill a library. It’s a funny truism that the older you get, the more you realize how little you know. Oh, so little.

I named this project, this ongoing presentation-seminar-whatever, The Imaginarium because it’s the partial title of a brilliant film – The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – by Terry Gilliam. He’s a genius, plain and simple, and batshit crazy in the best possible way. I had the pleasure of meeting him many years ago and he was everything you wanted him to be – kind and generous and a little distracted and private and funny-in-a-very-intellectualized-grade-school-simplistic-kind-of-way.

What better place to start? What better way to say, make it heaven, make it sing, make it yours, and share it with the world. If they like it, great. If they don’t, who really cares?

The point is, you did it. You did something. You had an original thought and no one can take that away from you.

Imagine that!

Can you put a price on your dreams? – The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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