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The Eight Elements of Inspiration – Reimagination

There is nothing I should care more to do…than to ROUSE the imagination of men and women to a vision of human claims in those races of their fellow-men who most differ from them in customs and beliefs.

- George Eliot

When we think of inspiration, reimagination is often at the heart. When we are inspired, we see the world anew, as  if a burning brand has revealed possibilities that before lay hidden in the shadows. “Yes!”, we find ourselves saying, “I see how things can be different now!”

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The Eight Elements of Inspiration – Injury

It is funny that men who are supposed to be scientific cannot get themselves to realize the basic principle of physics, that action and reaction are equal and opposite, that when you persecute people you always ROUSE Them to be strong and stronger.

- Gertrude Stein

Trigger Warning: This article involves graphic descriptions of harmful homophobic practices used in “conversion therapy”.

Injury. The dark horse of inspiration. Powerful, unexpected, and potentially dangerous. The idea is simple: people are roused to action if they feel they, or someone they care about, is being injured by the situation you seek to change (or, more generally, if they feel there is a big downside to inaction). If you can make the injury vivid and present, bring it into the room with you, put a face and a name to it, then you can inspire people to act.

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