How to nurture your imagination

with Charlie Jane Anders and Wanuri Kahiu
Playfulness, curiosity, presence and hope come together in this course on imagination, that amazing and uniquely human ability to dream of and create new worlds. Learn how to cultivate and use your imagination to open up your thinking, embrace what seems impossible and have some serious fun.
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What you’ll learn

Week 1

  • Reflecting on your own assumptions and beliefs about imagination
  • Understanding imagination more broadly or differently
  • Ways to spark your imagination

Week 2

  • What often prevents us from being playful
  • Ways to bring more playfulness into your days
  • How curiosity can fuel imagination
  • Noticing, wondering, learning and research as facets of curiosity

Week 3

  • The connection between presence and imagination
  • The personal and collective benefits of what Wanuri calls "radical hope"
  • Ways to kindle more hope in your own life

Week 4

  • How to connect with other imaginative people by joining or starting a creative community
  • Developing ways to live, work and relate to others more imaginatively

What you’ll get

  • 1 audio welcome segment
  • 1-2 “Watch + reflect” videos/week (5 minutes total)
  • 1-2 audio teaching segments/week (50 minutes total)
  • 3-6 individual activities/week (21 total)
  • 1 virtual live event/week (attendance is optional)
  • Community discussions, polls and chat
  • Support from a TED Courses facilitator
  • Carefully curated related resources from TED
  • PDF course workbook
  • Invitation to one virtual live event with your teacher (held 3-4 times/year)
  • After the course, membership in the TED Courses Alumni Community
  • After the course, access to an archive of course videos, activities and curated resources

To get the most out of the course,

plan to spend at least one hour each week–longer, if you plan to explore the optional curated resources or join the virtual live event.

Here’s what learners are saying about this course:

“I loved the message that creativity can blossom from everyday experiences.”
“The focus on facing up to challenges and using them as a vaulting board resonated with me.”
“I loved the activities.”
“I loved the practical suggestions on how to incorporate play in one's daily life.”
Charlie Jane

About Charlie Jane

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death and its sequel, Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, the first two installments of a critically acclaimed young adult sci-fi trilogy. She's also the author of the short story collection Even Greater Mistakes, and Never Say You Can't Survive, a book about how to use creative writing to get through hard times. 

Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. She's won the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, Lambda Literary, Crawford and Locus Awards. 

Her fiction and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, the Boston Review, Tor.com, Tin House, Teen Vogue, Conjunctions, Wired Magazine, and other places. 

Her 2019 TED Talk has been viewed more than two million times. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the podcast Our Opinions Are Correct.

To learn more about Charlie Jane and her work, visit charliejaneanders.com.

Wanuri

About Wanuri

Born in Nairobi, Wanuri is part of the new generation of African storytellers. Wanuri fell in love with imagination thanks in part to her mother, a pediatrician who spun wild and funny stories like her cautionary tale about high blood pressure (allegedly caused when a person eats too much salt: all of the blood from their body rushes up to their head, and it kills them instantly). 

Wanuri is a filmmaker, speaker and writer. In 2010, her short science fiction film Pumzi about futuristic Africa premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received international acclaim. In 2018, her film Rafiki was the first Kenyan work to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. It was banned in Kenya, but has since won multiple awards across the world.

She is a cultural leader for the World Economic Forum and an advocate for freedom of expression. As she described in her 2017 TED Talk, she is the co-founder of AfroBubbleGum, a media company that supports, creates and commissions fun, fierce and frivolous African art. She is currently working to adapt Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed for Amazon Studios and Once On This Island for Disney. She was named Time’s 100 Next in 2019.

 Wanuri lives in Nairobi with her two children and husband.

 To learn more about Wanuri and her work, visit wanurikahiu.com.

Sign up now for the four-week course
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$ 49.00 USD
Enroll today