Read Journal of Creative Behavior 50th Anniversary Issue for Free

Cory Wright sent this along:

Take rare privilege to read 50th Anniversary issue of oldest longest standing journal devoted to creativity research.

What a great way to get ready for World Creativity and Innovation Day April 21 this year, the first year the UN is celebrating it with you!

Thanks Cory!

Using Creativity in Problem Solving, what does that mean?


World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 has a purpose: to encourage people to use creativity in problem-solving to create a decent life for people on a sustainable planet.

np_problem_681889_56C0D8.pngWhat does that mean? How does one use creativity in problem-solving? How does one know if creativity has been used?

In a May 2017 post, I asked for input about this question.  Here’s one reply, from Dr. Fatou Lo Planchon, France/Senegal

Sustainable development is crucial for our society. Your initiative is a big step forward in this issue.The complex and multifaceted challenges associated with global change and sustainable development occur on various scales.

Achieving solutions to these challenges has fostered the multiplicity of decision making levels, and the plurality of financial and regulatory instruments. However the transition to proactive and sustainable solutions is still tricky because it implies various interacting factors and requires a holistic and creative mindset.

Adaptation and resilience to climate change, water and energy issues, to name a few, are primordial questions to answer.

Using creativity to solve these burning environmental issues means clarifying the issues at stake, involving a diversity of people, widening our perspectives, and stretching our thinking to shift paradigms and come to new ideas. To make this participative cross disciplinary collaboration happen, a climate that fosters idea exploration, trial and errors, and experimentations is needed.

Using creativity in problem solving means:

– Using a robust process to find new ideas, make better decisions, co-create and innovate.

– Combining periods of divergent and convergent thinking

– Deferring judgment, freewheeling, leapfrogging, focusing on a lot of ideas

As an environmental scientist, a doctor in climatology, and a creative facilitator, the role of creativity in solving environmental problems is a question I have to often answer, and keep on searching for new answers to.

Thank you, ​Dr. Planchon.

Feel free to add your comments here.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool available for people to use to review how they might have used creativity in problem-solving in the past?  My hunch is that many already do. Imagine everyone able to seize and use their creative power moving forward.

WCID Celebration Spotlight: Nigeria 2017

In 2017, more than 55 WCID and WCIW celebrations spanned over 40 nations, provinces, and states.

Today’s spotlight in on Lagos, Nigeria. Organizer Muyiwa Fasakin, former Chief Executive Officer at Sure Success Consultancy reports:

21767961_10155246776539690_8624983090730923934_n“We had a great time in Nigeria, we started the Day with the first ever Creativity and Innovation Walk in Africa, followed by Display your Creativity session, and finally we had speakers from various sectors speak on topics revolving around The Role of Creativity and Innovation in an Emerging Economy. Our celebration for 2018 will be even grander!”


First Ever Creativity and innovation Walk in Africa


Display Your Creativity

Creativity through makeup for women; Creativity through song



Other photos from Nigeria’s WCID 2017


Please let us know if you would like your 2017 WCID and WCIW celebrations spotlighted as inspirations for others.


  • DM your request on Twitter @worldcreativity
  • Use the comments section below

Google Doodle Request for #WCID2018

Hi Everyone,

I hope you can help.

Today I posted an email to I asked the team to create a Google Doodle for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, to help spread the word and concept behind it. Which is…

Everyone can generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too.

I’m hoping you’ll be able to help and to write the Google Doodle team as well with a request.

Here’s are examples of a few Google Doodles. These will appear on the Google search engine page


Here’s the text of the email:

Hey there Google Doodlers!

I’m writing to inspire you to include a Google Doodle for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2018 (WCID).  It’s the first time the United Nations will be celebrating it; the UN General Assembly passed a resolution to include WCID among their International Days of Observance in 2017.

The UN wants people to use creativity in problem-solving to advance meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. “Traditional thinking,” UN Ambassador from St. Vincent and the Grenadines Rhonda King, said, “will not help us solve the problems we have.”

Here’s the 5-minute video of Ambassador I. Rhonda King speaking for the resolution:


Creative studies grad student Nicolette Wever created this graphic during a talk I gave last month at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Creativity Expert Exchange, about the UN resolution. Underneath it is a photo of me. Pretty good likeness, eh? (for readers, the video of the speech will be posted when it is ready.)


WCID observances began in 2001 – it’s a folk celebration intended to include everyone on the planet, to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too.

On our homespun website (it’s a labour of love, no money involved, entirely volunteer) you’ll see that people in over 50 countries take part in activities ranging from friends potluck suppers to multinational organizations pushing their need for innovation speed and engagement. Schools, universities, clubs, you name it – all are invited to take part – it’s like Mothers Day in a way – each celebrates in ways relevant to their context.

It would be great to have your support. Please help spread the word and to align with the UN’s first official event for WCID by creating and posting a Google Doodle for the day.

Please help spread the energy to inspire new thinking all over the world.

Might you?

Feel free to get in touch for conversation, further info, and to make suggestions??

Thanks!!  Hope to hear from you soon.


Best regards


(for readers – will certainly keep you informed of progress.  Please send an email to to strengthen the ask for a WCID April 21 Google Doodle. Thanks!)

New Ideas Need a Soft Place To Land

You can quote me on this. I’ve been using the phrase and the idea behind it for years to explain that people feel more comfortable contributing new thinking, knowing their ideas will be well received; that psychological safety exists.


Let’s face it, over 15,000 scientists worldwide agree we need to shift away from ‘business as usual’ toward a more environmentally sustainable way of acting, living. With that big ask, comes opportunities to use imagination, to free thinking to create new futures.

Environments with psychological safety give new ideas a soft place to land. Not necessarily adopted, as put into action, heard and considered.

Psychologically safe environments let people risk new ways of thinking and understanding challenges, and stretch beyond ‘normal’ to consider alternative methods, outcomes, and activities without feeling threatened, insecure or embarrassed.  In other words, out of the box thinking is welcomed; people walk the talk, they encourage using curiosity and exploration.

I recently read Inc magazine’s recently published article The Results of Google’s Team Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams.  It cited the importance of psychological safety as a determinant of effective teams. Other qualities are dependability, structure and clarity, meaning, and impact.

What if, in the lead up to World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, you planned to enable psychological safety in your environment?

Innovation is about people after all. New ideas need a soft place to land. See what you can do to be open and receptive to new thinking – yours and others’.

WCID founder Marci Segal outside the UN April 20, 2017. WCID founder Marci Segal outside the UN April 20, 2017.

Creativity involves new connections, listening, that’s right

Would you agree that you are the product of a creative act?

For you to exist, two cells connected for the first time in a hospitable environment, and grew.

This World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, make new connections.


Every person, idea, group, organization, challenge, or opportunity carries a similar cell be it an idea or a question that, when paired with another, can give birth to a new solution, product, service, approach to life.

Help give birth to the world we want by making new connections with issues related to sustainability, personally, professionally, and intentionally, to create a world we want, and a world future generations will appreciate and be grateful for.

WCID (April 21)  and WCIWeek (April 15-21) provide a hospitable environment in which new connections can be started, nurtured and grow.


“Listening to each other gives birth to an unborn child,” said Vijay Ayer, jazz musician, and MacArthur Fellow. ” Music is made of us listening to each other.”

Let’s connect, listen and make music World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21.

Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide

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