by Amy Lambert
Central Illinois is coming alive with ideas. As I write this, we are a short few weeks away from the opening of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, a fantastic collaborative achievement for Central Illinois.
Taking an idea from conception to completion is a fun yet challenging process. It is often fraught with roadblocks and diversion. As those challenges incorporate into the project, they can become shining facets, building into the project as if they were organically planned.
Within our region there are quite a few groups collaborating in new directions;
The Central Illinois Filmmakers are producing a number of film projects around our landscape, gathering to share insights and best practices.
Cornerstone Academy for the Performing Arts is giving bloom to accomplishment. The talent that they are developing is as just as impressive as their taste for challenge. After completing inspiring performances of “Alice in Wonderland”, the ballet quickly announced auditions for their first production of “The Nutcracker”.
CityDance is a collaboration that is bringing a new beat to kids through Hip Hop Dance. Whether working within school systems, holding public classes for all income levels, or popping up with surprise flashmobs, CityDance is making moves.
Our ideas become our vehicle for building economic wealth within our region. They hold value because of the individuality of the creativity we deliver. It is through creative uniqueness that undertakings like those listed above build possibility, intrigue interest, and draw new audiences.
Unlike times previous, today’s world is actively being revisioned. Every nuance of American life from the way we approach our work place to the way we deliver our children’s education is being reevaluated, recentered, and relaunched. Through easily accessible technologies we are finding a whole new lease on the creation. Today, more than ever before, our dreams are within reach.
With this, I take on the opportunity to write for PeoriaLife magazine. My hope herein is to spotlight ideas which are landscaping our region, communicate opportunities to get involved in making ideas happen, and provide insight on helpful tools and technologies.
I also hope to inspire you, the reader, to think different; challenging your perceptions on what is possible. The tide has turned. In today’s world, everything is becoming possible.
Next month: The Making Ideas Happen Challenge.
Amy Lambert is an imaginative creative who enjoys collaboration above all other forms of expression. Experienced in professional training, curriculum development, experience design, and technology-enabled infrastructures, she is greatly inspired by new thinking. She nurses a deep seated addiction to interactive tools, visual thinking, imagination igniters, innovative design, and demonstrates a passion for finding the bleeding edge of entrepreneurial ideas, trends and business models. Amy has been called "a perfect storm for building New Thinking Creative Cultures." She can be followed at @eighmmie or firstname.lastname@example.org.