Transcript and video of JK Rowling’s Harvard commencement address, The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.
You might think that I chose my second theme, the importance of imagination, because of the part it played in rebuilding my life, but that is not wholly so. Though I will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp, I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
Imagination as Rowling perceives it is essential in telling other people’s stories and is sorely missing in the media today. And the blogosphere can almost be defined by its lack of empathy. (thx, adriana)