Imagination

„… that imagination ist the capacity to shift from one perspective to another – from the political to the psychological; from examination of a single family to comparative assessments of the national budgets of the world.“ (Mills, The Causes of World War III, 1959)

Heute wäre hinzuzufügen: Technologie, Globalität, Timescale. Diese Imagination findet nicht in Worten statt und sollte nur anfänglich in konkreten, imaginierten Szenarien stattfinden. Die erkenntnisschöpfenden Strukturen sind dann eher abstrakterer, struktureller, kinästhetisch-visueller Natur. Aber das gilt vielleicht nur für mein Hirn. Worte sind nur Schnittstellen.

Know the Difference Between Having Focus (Noun) vs. Focus (Verb)

*Focus as a Noun. *

When people speak of focus they usually mean having a single goal. It is a
static thing, a thing you *have*. This kind of focus conjures pictures of
Roger Bannister relentlessly pursuing his goal of breaking the four-minute
mile, John F. Kennedy challenging NASA to put a man on the moon within a
decade or, coming back to Bill Gates, a vision of a personal computer on
every desk. The upside to this kind of focus is clear and compelling: you
pursue a single objective and don’t get distracted along the way; you build
momentum as many different people aligned behind achieving this one goal.

*Focus as a Verb. *Focus is not just something you *have* it is also
something you *do*. This type of focus is not static; it is an intense,
dynamic, ongoing, iterative process. This kind of focus conjures pictures
of Steve Jobs saying to Jony Ive day after day, “This might be crazy, but
what if we…” until once in a while the idea took the air out of the room.
It’s the constant exploration needed to see what is really going on and
what the “noun focus” should be.

http://99u.com/workbook/36747/know-the-difference-between-having-focus-noun-vs-focus-verb

Knowing Facts Still Matters (Even in an Age of Wikipedia)

“Knowledge is more important [than imagination], because it’s a prerequisite for imagination, or at least the sort of imagination that leads to problem solving, decision-making and creativity. “[T]he cognitive processes that are most esteemed—logical thinking, problem solving, and the like—are intertwined with knowledge. It is certainly true that facts without skills to use them are of little value. It is equally true that one cannot deploy thinking skills effectively without factual knowledge.”

http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2014/12/08/knowing-facts-matters/