Lorena James remembers her childhood reading fantastical literature and the escapism it allowed her. She reflects on how her relationship with imagination has since evolved into forms of daydreaming and entrepreneurship. James also discusses travel, nature, healing, and medicinal traditions as forms of real-life magic and imagination. She imagines her “ultimate self” as being able to transfer by touch her appreciation for nature and values of environmental justice, to create plant growth wherever she goes, and to be able to spread herself out as tiny kodama who regather with all the lessons she has learned. James terms her own practices as “ecopreneurship” and emphasizes the ways that entrepreneurship requires imagination and the necessity for sustainability to be integrated into entrepreneurship and her worldbuilding. James also considers the idea of having multiple homes. She then shares the ways that she enjoys loving and being loved, including her personal mementos that embody love for her. Finally, James concludes with thoughts on why living imaginatively is important and has Cathy explain her own values of imagination and love.
(Interview conducted on April 8th, 2021)
Childhood, fantasy, escapism, daydreaming, imagination, entrepreneurship, travel, medicine, magic, nature, environmental justice, “ecopreneurship,” sustainability, kodama, home, love, personal memento
- 00:24 Fantastical literature and escapism
- 01:42 Daydreaming and travel
- 02:45 Nature, healing, medicinal traditions as real-life magic
- 05:24 Imagining an “ultimate self,” ecopreneurship
- 09:24 Worldbuilding (sustainability, green spaces)
- 11:41 Imagining an “ultimate self,” kodama
- 13:31 Creativity and taking risks
- 19:16 Daydreaming and travel
- 21:43 Having multiple homes and living fully
- 28:50 Loving and being loved
- 37:24 Personal mementos
- 41:47 Why live imaginatively?
- 44:25 Cathy’s comments on imagination and love
Lorena James (she/her) is from Buffalo, NY. She is a recent graduate (class of ’21) at Davidson College, where she majored in Environmental Social Science and Chinese Studies and was a Chidsey Leadership Fellow and co-founder of Entrepreneurship Development Club. She is the founder of Z Spools and 4ever Curly. She is also a Schwarzman Scholar and will be receiving her master’s in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University.