"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world."
( Albert Einstein )
Imagination is the faculty through which we encounter everything. Things that we touch, see and hear converge into a "picture" via our imagination. Imagination helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; it is a fundamental facility through which we make sense of the world.
Since the arrival of the new millennium, our world has increasingly to face global challenges such as demography and the environment, as well as different value systems. The world of today is getting more unstable and unequal. Traditional communities, values and ways of life are disappearing due to economic change and industrial restructuring. Today, Europe and the world are facing a downturn never witnessed since the 1930s. In this time of rapid changes we need to be more flexible and creative and make full use of human capacities. The recovery will clearly depend on creativity and innovation.