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TED Weekends presents: Imagination Innovation

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When Janet Echelman’s paints went missing, she didn’t let it stop her from making art for her upcoming show deadline. In this classic talk from TED2011, “Taking imagination seriously,” Echelman tells the story of her determination to use the materials surrounding her as inspiration. Despite numerous rejections from art school, she found that her constant creativity has helped her become an unorthodox public artist unbound by tradition.

Today’s TED Weekends on the Huffington Post highlights this talk, exploring the concept of Imagination Innovation. Below, find two essays that accompany this visionary talk on the site.

Janet Echelman: Imagination Becomes Reality

One of the most gratifying results of my TED Talk has been to see volunteers translate it into 33 languages — from Armenian and Arabic to Turkish and Vietnamese — and receive comments from people around the world about how my story is affecting their lives.

I…

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Photography for social change: Jon Lowenstein documents the American immigrant

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TED Fellow Jon Lowenstein makes us look at the painful social issues that we may otherwise ignore through his bold photography. His project, “Shadow Lives, USA,” documents the journey of Mexicans and Central Americans migrating to the United States, recording their struggle as they reached American soil. The image above shows Gabriela Cruz — who grew up in Guerrero, Mexico, and has lived in the United States as an undocumented resident for 13 years — giving birth to her first American-born child in Cook County Hospital in Chicago. While Gabriela and her husband, Chava, have five children; the child in this photograph was the only born in the U.S.

It was announced today that Lowenstein has received the Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society Documentary Photography Project. The Documentary Photography Project uses the medium of photography to expose human rights injustices against those most marginalized — with the…

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