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Inez Bush & Asma Kazmi

A two-day symposium that invited community dialogue about what an excellent education means for Kansas City in the 21st century. The symposium was hosted at Grand Arts on February 25th & 26th.

In our session we examined the creative process as a shared experience leading to new knowledge, ideas and solutions. Participants explored the potential for transformation through the dynamic exchange of ideas, thoughts and opinions using the Collaborative Learning Community model. In this process, joint responsibility emerged by creating learning spaces and processes that connected individuals to construct knowledge together in a collaborative atmosphere. A series of guided activities demonstrated problem solving through this lens. This included individual movement experience followed by a collaborative small group activity resulting in a collective creative response.

Collaborative project work involves constructing a new understanding through an exchange of knowledge gathered from the contributions of people with diverse backgrounds and disciplines.This exchange of knowledge is based on dialogue that uses knowledge-as-participation rather than knowledge-as-substance. Knowledge-as-substance considers knowledge to be content that can be transferred from one mind to another. Knowledge-as-participation defines knowledge as something formed in the interaction among individuals – a relational perspective that includes knowledge creation, knowledge development and knowledge sharing in a continuous flow.

The session culminated with a participatory “collective dreaming” activity and discussion to envision what an excellent education means for this region in the 21st century.

For more information on the symposium and its participants, go to: http://imaginativeducation.wordpress.com/