Hey guys,

Sometimes, I’m scatter-brained. Between school and work and picking up some crazy kids in Los Angeles, I’ve been bad with keeping you all in the loop.

For those of you who are in need of a place to stay, you are set, it’s going to be my place. I’ll message those of you individually who have registered saying you need a place.

Today is Day 1 of I Heart Imagination. It’s starting at 6 PM in Building 26, Room 103. It’s the Graphic Arts building.

There will be food – build your own tacos and pasta with different sauce options.

There will be a keynote speaker, Pete Schwartz, talking about his Guateca program as well as other interesting things he’s involved in at 7 PM.

And then there will be us, hanging out, doing some ice breakers, and figuring out what we want tomorrow to be all about.

Be there and have a fantastic time, it will definitely be worth it!




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Hey guys,

Whether it’s your first time, or 27th million time checking out this site, the FIRST THING you absolutely HAVE to do is go to our “About” section and REGISTER! I need to know how many people need a place to stay!!

In other, more exciting news, THE CONFERENCE IS IN 6 DAYS!! Are you excited? Because I’m excited.
Some more details about the conference, it starts on October 7th at 6 PM with registration in Building 26, Room 103. At 7 PM is the keynote speaker, Pete Schwartz, and after that we’re having super fun ice-breaker time! Also, food will be provided. So if you guys have a preference for what kind of food you would like (i.e. pizza, pasta, burritos, tacos, etc) let me know and it might be taken into consideration.

October 8th is the conference day and this conference is going to be a little bit different from all the other conferences you may have heard about or been to before, we’re not making an itinerary until Friday night after we’ve all hung out and talked for a bit -all the more reason for you to come to Friday night! But it’s also taking place in Graphic Arts Building 26, Rooms 103, 104, and 106.

October 9th is a fancy little breakfast send-off that everyone is invited to, and it’s just going to be a way to tie the whole weekend together. Location is still to be determined, if you are a SLOcal and have any suggestions, feel free to let me know!

I hope everyone is getting pumped on this conference because I’m getting pumped to see all of you!!



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And so the countdown begins…..

Hey everyone!!

Sorry for the lack of posts, sometimes it’s hard to come up with exciting things. But let’s be real for a minute, even everyday things can be exciting. So really, I’ll blame it on something much more menacing … SCHOOL.

I Heart Imagination is happening and it’s 12 DAYS AWAY!!

This will be the coolest conference you could ever attend ever. Or at least the coolest one you’ll attend within the next 12 days.

Before I rattle on about how great and wonderful this conference will be, I’m going to go ahead and get down to business. Really what I need from all of you lovely people who read this and want to attend this AMAZING conference here in SUNNY, San Luis Obispo, California is to come up with ideas and what YOU want to talk about. Tell me what they are in the comments, send me e-mails about it, hit me up on facebook, or whatever. Contact me in whatever way tickles your fancy. (My e-mail is on the contact page).
Then, if it’s something you’re really excited for, rather than just telling ME about how you want to talk about it, I want YOU to figure out how to share it with others, and offer up to be a workshop leader.

Why? Because I know you can do it.

The ONLY requirement, is that it comes back to the overall theme of this conference: IMAGINATION. *waves hands, makes a rainbow* It can come from some random job you worked at that was all about having fun in the workplace to how to use your imagination for new ways to implement social change. The possibilities are endless!

So hit me up, tell me what’s got you excited and let’s make some plans for a fantastic conference!

Amy Anderson

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Is imagination just about art?

You may be thinking that imagination is something nebulous. What are its actual applications? It is something that novelists and poets and painters use to create works of art, but what do those works of art actually do? Hopefully, our last post provided some insight into their importance. There will definitely be more to come on that, but that is not the only aspect of imagination we are interested in. We are also asking, “how can imagination be applied to the hard sciences to address some of the challenges facing our world today?”

Michael Pawlyn addresses exactly that question in this Ted Talk . Enjoy and sign up to attend and/or present at I Heart Imagination!


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A bit of our inspiration

The concept of imagination can be a bit abstract. You may be sitting in front of your computer wondering if it will really be worth your time to spend a weekend in San Louis Obispo listening to presentations and participating in an experience about… about what, actually?

Well, here is a piece produced by Open Source Radio that served as inspiration for the topic of this conference and may give you a better idea of the direction of the conference. It is an interview with Elliot Colla, a professor in the Arabic department at Georgetown University, about the role of poetry and literature in the Egyptian revolution.

Elliot Colla: “The Poetry of Revolt” in the New Egypt

Enjoy and sign up to attend I Heart Imagination!

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Headin’ to the West Coast!

Hello Everyone! We are excited to announce that the fourth I Heart Conference will be taking place on October 7th, 8th, and 9th at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo (SLO), California. This is an exciting opportunity to bring the magic of the I Heart conferences to a whole new crowd.

The topic for this conference is “I Heart Imagination”. The conference will explore the critical role of imagination in formulating visions for social change, sustaining movements, implementing change, and addressing the challenges facing the world we live in.

We will update this blog with the latest information about the conference including information about how to sign up to attend and/or present at the conference, housing arrangements, travel, and anything else that may be relevant. We are looking forward to seeing you in SLO on October 7th!


The I Heart Team

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