What Can We Learn From Figment?

Growing up (and still today), Figment was my favorite of all the Disney characters. The little purple dragon in his sporty yellow sweater took me on my first “Journey into Imagination.” Or so I thought.  In this mid-80s EPCOT attraction, Dreamfinder, the wizardly scientist, teaches Figment how to use his imagination. And together, Dreamfinder and Figment imagine things to fill the “idea bag.” When it’s full, Dreamfinder empties the ideas in the “Dreamport” which, as he says, is “never far away when you use your imagination.” At the end, Dreamfinder tells Figment that imagination is the key to unlocking the hidden wonders of the world.

When we started thinking about Swellness and the creation of an “imagination engine,” Figment served as one of my inspirations. (I cannot speak about the others!) He taught children that “hidden wonders” could be unlocked through their imaginations. But why is this lesson just for children? Why not adults, too? What can we do to inspire wonder? Curiosity? Imagination? And how do we make this a part of our entire lives — for both young and old?

That is our goal: to become an engine for imagination. We invite you to join us on this journey…

About Erica Orange

Erica achieves swellness through listening to her favorite artist, Jonatha Brooke, interpretive dancing around her space-challenged NYC apartment, going on adventurous trips around the world, hiking in the woods, drinking Spanish wine and snuggling with her pleasantly-plump felines. And, of course, spending quality time with her lovely husband. View all posts by Erica Orange →

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