Our imagination accompanies us everwhere we go and it is often triggered by our interactions with our environment. So I particularly liked the challenge on Day 3 - to go for a walk to engage our imaginations. My daughter was home from University and she likes walking so she became my walking companion.
Imagination is often aided by serendipitous happenings. In fact I think we use our imaginations to make weird and wonderful connections between the chance happenings in our lives which then gives them more meaning and significance. A few days ago I went for a family meal in our local pub and picked up a leaflet called ‘Walk for Health’.. It described a local project to encourage people to get out and walk. I spotted a walk that looked interesting called the Deepdene Trail not far from my home and made a mental note to try it. Unfortunately I forgot my leaflet so I had to look up the location of the trail on my computer and discovered it had an app with loads of information on it. I really liked the interactive nature of the app and began to imagine that I could create an app for my own walk.
With the #creative challenge in my mind I knew I was going to try and encourage my daughter to use her imagination.. I was quite open about it and told her about the #creativeHE conversation and our challenge and then, using a bit of reverse psychology I told her I was going to let her stimulate my imagination. She is studying biological sciences and interested in ecology and there were quite a few opportunities for her to share her knowledge – stuff I didn’t know about plant growth for example. She’s interested in ecology and we discussed the idea of using our garden for an ecological study. I told her about the Habitat mapping tool I’d just discovered and she sounded interested. When we got home I showed it to her and she remained mildly interested. I could seethe potential it had for creating a habitat map of the garden and I thought if I made a start it might prompt her to make her own ecological study.
We had parked the car in a garden centre so we popped in at the end of the walk. I found a wonderful book called Lets Go Outside by Steph Scott and Katie Akers.. it was written for someone like me (grandad with 7 grandchildren) and it was full of imaginative ideas on ‘foraging’ finding and making stuff from the stuff you find outside. I love it. A fantastic example of people sharing their imaginations in a practical and accessible way so that other people can be inspired to use their imaginations.