“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will get you everywhere.” -Albert Einstein
Who We Are
Seymour is an international initiative committed to helping individuals cultivate authentic creative self-expression by encouraging them to nurture their imagination and explore their subconscious mind.
Seymour was founded in January 2011 by Franco-American writer and creative consultant Melissa Unger and is currently based in Paris, France.
What we do
Seymour offers multidisciplinary projects, on and off the web that help you balance external stimuli with internal exploration. We motivate you to take regular breaks from technology to relax your mind, explore your subconscious,cultivate your imagination & express your authentic creative self.
At Seymour, we believe that the subconscious mind is an extraordinary reservoir of untapped creativity and that imagining, daydreaming, productive play – whatever label you want to put on subconscious exploration, is the key to authentic expression, personal fulfillment and effective innovation. Taking a break from external stimuli enables you to turn inward & access deeply buried thoughts and images that can be really compelling starting points for all of your projects.
Seymour hopes to inspire you to Surf Your Mind as often as you surf the Internet. We then hope to motivate you to further explore the thoughts & images that you discover in your subconscious mind by encouraging you to express them through a creative outlet. Please don’t worry about what you create being ‘good’, just do what you feel and you’ll know it’s real. We encourage you to screw what everyone else thinks, ignore what’s hip, just get brave and follow your own creative instincts.
In October 2012, we launched an ongoing series of interactive projects and events that will continue to develop throughout 2013 and beyond. Please visit our projects section often to stay informed.
Why we do it
Seymour is concerned about the impact that technology will have on imagination and the future of ideas. Constant access to information has obvious benefits, but this hyper-connectivity also keeps our minds perpetually locked in ‘active’ thought, stifling the natural ebb and flow of imagination. Allowing the mind to relax and wander, to ‘daydream’ is vital to both our innate creativity and positive mental health. Yet, time afforded to this type of introspection is increasingly rare.
Throughout history, the most exceptional and inventive minds have explored their subconscious and opened themselves to alternative thinking, relying in part on dreams and imagination to solve problems and to create. In doing so, they produced pioneering work in both the arts and sciences, advancing human progress and paving the way for further innovation and discovery.
Seymour hopes to stimulate people to explore their inherent creativity, to help preserve the tradition of gestural expression and to help nurture the next generation of great imaginations.
How you can help us do it
In this fast-paced world, the greatest gift you can give us is: time.
We’re hard at work on a plan that we hope will make us self-sustaining by the end of 2013, but right now we need your help. We’ve got endless energy, but we’ve got few resources and currently everyone associated with Seymour generously participates for free. If you believe in our mission and enjoy what we do, please consider buying us some time so we can stay true to our vision and grow in an organic and authentic manner. Our goal is to create increasingly interesting and useful projects for you. Your contributions will help cover our daily operating expenses and help fund our upcoming projects and events.
Financial contributions to Seymour’s mission are not tax-deductible and should be considered as gifts. If you would like to participate in Seymour’s growth by donating in another manner, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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”We are aware of our precarious imbalance: of our persistent and ever-increasing production of power and our inadequacy of purpose; of our critical analytic ability and our creative paucity; of our triumphantly efficient technical education and our ineffective, irrelevant education for values, for meaning, for the training of the will, the lifting of the heart, and the illumination of the mind.” -Gerald Heard