The creativity crisis – discover how structured learning is impacting on children – The Spoke – Early Childhood Australia’s Blog

Teachers have discovered that structured learning may actually be dampening our children’s natural creativity. With students expected to follow strict structures and boundaries, rather than follow more open, unstructured and creative learning methods that are required in the real world.

Source: thespoke.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au

2015 #WCIW results

Thanks so much for all of your help to spread the energy and the word about World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 (WCIW 2015).

WCIW 2016 is our 15th anniversary and it would be great to double, triple, quadruple our reach so everyone on the planet can engage in meaningful ways.

This year 26 countries, that we know of,  participated in 57 different celebrations. See wciw.org/wciw-2015 for specifics and scroll through the blog posts too.

Here are the percentage increases and the counts for each social media platform
wciw.org followers – 18% to 3402
FB page likes – 22% to 842
FB group members – 17% to 821
@worldcreativity followers – 12% to 2788
Linked in group members – 6% to 693

All of this was achieved through volunteers (thank you!!) who want to enable people to make a the world a better place in ways that are relevant to their individual contexts.

It was a great year everyone, let’s continue to collaborate, coordinate, communicate and create a greater community for sharing ideas and lending support to open doors for new potentials to emerge.

Your ideas are always welcome.

Happy World Creativity and Innovation Day 2015

At times when I invite people to participate in generating new ideas, making new decisions, and/or taking new actions that make the world a better place and that make their place in the world better  during WCIW they say, no, I already do that, I don’t need a special time to do it.

I tell them that this week is not about them, it is about us, the planet.

Imagine, I say, when everyone experiences moments of inspired joy as doors for emergent potential open at the same time.

That’s the wish.  Happy World Creativity and Innovation Day and beyond.

Wonder, #wciw 2015 Day Four

You do not have to journey into the abyss of the Dark Night of the Soul to be graced by wonder. You have to unplug from the disenchanted world and be open to it, to make a space for it and to welcome it.

Arising in your senses, coming alive in your imagination, like a child, wonder arises from your innate curiosity about the impossibility, implausibility and awe-some adventure of life. As you open yourself to possibility, you experience the opening to an inexplicable vastness, an overwhelming profundity, an utter miracle and magic of life, of yourself, and of all that is. In the words of Jack Haas, “Wonder’ is the open freedom of the pure mind – the first and last pillar upon which the castle of the Spirit is built. It is the beginning and the end, the home and the journey there. (The Way of Wonder, Jack Haas)

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Wonder is a state of being, the spark of spirit within life. That spark awakens, ensouls and vivifies everything. Once experienced, life is never the same. It grasps anything and transforms perception. 

The experience of Wonder 

As you journey deep into its ever emerging possibilities, your eyes are renewed with experience and soul awash with curiosity. 

You recognise and appreciate the mystery of your own being. A space within is opened and gratitude is nurtured, as you invite the wonderful and awaken to the sacredness of life. It prepares you to witness the transformation of the ordinary to the extraordinary as you remember what it was like to stand in childlike innocence and awe in the presence of sheer beauty, mystery and sacramental majesty of the world. To know wisdom is to be drawn you out of your ego mind and self-preoccupation, as your soul deepens and softens.

You can invoke this state by shutting down your rational mind and allowing yourself simply be at one with your actions and experiences. Impassioned, honest, straightforward, simplicity is the key to unlock this experience within you. The setting can be wherever you find yourself. There is no need to go somewhere special, since wonder is not the exclusive right of religious spirituality. It is present in the most banal and ordinary things in life. Going for a slow, contemplative walk, or gazing into the numinosity of heaven’s inky carpet, can open the door to Wonder. 

Adapted from http://www.cosmicintelligenceagency.com/

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