The Civic Imagination Project taps the civic imagination (our collective vision for what a better tomorrow might look like) to bridge perceived cultural gaps between diverse communities. Over the last 6 years, our team, based at the University of Southern California, has worked with communities all over the world to develop tools for unlocking the imagination and harnessing unbridled creativity for real world action because we need hope and imagination to mobilize and sustain our collective efforts. Our group believes that to make the world a better place everyone needs to be able to imagine what a better world looks like, even now, especially now.

We see the civic imagination as a tool and concept that can help us:


Imagine a better world


Imagine the process of change


Imagine ourselves as civic agents


Imagine our connections with a larger community


Forge solidarity with others with different experiences than our own


Bring an imaginative dimension to our real world spaces and places