Podcast

Episode 0: Imaginative Leadership for a Just and Sustainable World with Gillian Judson and Meaghan Dougherty

In this opening podcast conversation, we delve deep into the fertile ground of imagination, and how it underpins our approach to social and ecological justice. Join Gillian Judson and Meaghan Dougherty, educators and authors, as they discuss their vision for a collective of leaders who embrace and employ imagination to shape a more equitable future.

Episode 1: Fostering an Embodied Imagination in Leadership with Vidya Shah and Jacqueline Lawrence

In this episode, a conversation with Dr. Vidya Shah, Assistant Professor Faculty of Education, York University and Jacqueline Lawrence, Equity Advisor for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board highlights the challenges and groundbreaking potential of nurturing imagination in leadership. We explore how employing imagination can confront systemic barriers, embracing discomfort as a catalyst for transformation and growth. Read episode 1 transcript here.

Episode 2: Shared Spaces, Multiple Voices- Imagining Inclusive and Sustainable Educational Ecosystems with Sean Blenkinsop and Andy Hargreaves

Join hosts Gillian Judson and Stephen Hurley as they sit down with guest speakers Andy Hargreaves and Sean Blenkinsop to discuss imagination’s pivotal role in educational leadership and its impact on social and eco-justice. This episode dives into challenging the status quo, storytelling, play-based learning, and shared experiences—all through the lens of building inclusive, equitable, and ecologically mindful communities. Tune in for a transformative conversation on leadership and imagination. Read episode 2 transcript here.

Episode 3: Knitting Together Serendipitous Connections: On Imagination and World-Building with Ann Pendleton-Jullian and John Seely Brown

In this episode of Cultivating Imagination: Leading Toward a Just Future, Ann Pendleton-Jullian and John Seely Brown explore the depths of imagination for education and leadership. They examine how playing with ideas, listening generously (and generatively), and embracing critique can unlock creative problem-solving and foster collaboration. The discussion delves into the power of imagination for world-building and shaping a just and sustainable future. Read episode 3 transcript here.

Episode 4: Cultivating Humanizing Spaces: Imagination and Authentic Leadership Connections with Moraima Machado and Myra Quadros

In this thought-provoking episode of Cultivating Imagination: Leading Toward A Just Future, educational leaders Moraima Machado and Myra Quadros discuss transforming education by integrating imagination into leadership and learning. They describe how imagination can be used to create inclusive curricula, foster safe spaces for vulnerability, and promote social justice. Tune in for a compelling dialogue on re-imagining education for diverse and equitable student outcomes. Read episode 4 transcript here.

Episode 5: Activism and Imagination: Rob Hopkins and Michael Datura Discuss Longing, Storytelling, and Fighting for Just Futures

In Episode 5 of Cultivating Imagination: Leading Toward a Just Future, Michael Datura and Rob Hopkins explore the intersections of imagination, education, and activism. They delve into how storytelling and imaginative thinking can forge pathways to a just and sustainable future and how imagination can be cultivated in practice. They emphasize the role of imagination in responding to the climate crisis and the power of storytelling to inspire change.

Episode 6: Practicing Courage in Leadership: Engaging Imagination to Disrupt Limiting Thinking with Mark Fettes and George Theoharis

In this episode of Cultivating Imagination: Leading Toward A Just Future, educational leaders and researchers Mark Fettes and George Theoharis delve into the crucial role of imagination in leading for inclusive, socially, and ecologically just futures. They discuss the need to disrupt what is and practice courage in making change. They tackle the stifling of imagination in educational settings, the power of metaphor in leadership, and the urgent need for imagination in pursuing equity and justice. Together, they explore strategies for reimagining our approach to teaching and inspiring future generations. Read episode 6 transcript here.

Episode 7: Envisioning Ecologies of Resiliencies: Story, Community, & Awakening Imaginative Possibilities with Lori Driussi and Christina Velasco

In Episode 7 of the Cultivating Imagination: Leading Toward A Just Future series, educational scholars and school leaders Lori Driussi and Christina Velasco delve into how imagination can transform educational leadership and schools into spaces of equity and interconnectedness. They outline the practical ways in which imagination guides their work. They explore the power of storytelling, the need to pause and the role of community in fostering inclusive leadership that honors authenticity and supports resilience.

Episode 8: From Ancestral Strength to Modern Resilience: How Imagination Supports Equity with Sandeep Kaur Glover and Heidi Wood

In this heartfelt episode of Cultivating Imagination: Leading Toward A Just Future guests Sandeep Kaur Glover and Heidi Wood discuss the profound role of imagination in fostering social and ecological justice, the power of ancestral wisdom, and the impact of imagination on education and community healing. This conversation is a stirring embodied journey into how imagination shapes identities, relationships, and our collective future.

Episode 9: Reclaiming Imagination: On Leading for a Different Reality for Marginalized Youth with Soraya Sablo Sutton and Woo Williams-Zou

In Episode 9 of Cultivating Imagination: Leading Toward a Just Future, equity leaders and scholars Soraya Sablo Sutton and Woo Williams-Zou discuss fostering imagination in leadership for social justice. Discover how emotional awareness, somatic practices, and challenging predominant narratives can reshape education and create a more equitable future for all youth.

Episode 10: Hope is in The Collective: On Leading Within Community For Eco- Social Justice with Yi Chien Jade Ho and Victor Elderton

In episode ten of Cultivating Imagination: Leading Toward a Just Future, Yi Chien Jade Ho and Victor Elderton discuss how collective imagination cultivated within human and more-than-human communities supports action for equitable futures. They highlight the power of storytelling, the importance of place and the roles of resistance and resilience in leadership rooted in community.