Research is in!

creativity_survey_results-20150610113443615Creative Academic magazine self-initiated a research project to investigate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2016 .

Invitations to participate appeared in our Facebook group, on our Facebook page, LinkedIn Group and on Twitter and each celebrant listed on our WCIW2016 page was contacted directly through email ask.

Read the results here WCIW_survey_final

The report includes

  • Events for WCIW 2016 categorized into 4 areas: workshops and talks in the workplace; public engagement activities; use of on-line media, and formal teaching
  • Prior year celebrations categories: repeating same activity as before; creating new activities each year
  • Ways people learn about WCIW: social media; through the workplace; from earlier involvement, and by chance
  • How WCIW is related to the respondent’s own area of work/interest: creative/innovation industry consultants; mission and teaching context
  • Why people chose to take part in WCIW 2016: to fill a gap and/or spread awareness; thought it was valuable; its marketing value; it is easy to get access to, and, why not?
  • Important outcomes from taking part in WCIW 2016: Spreading awareness; positive client feedback; creating a sense of community; personal satisfaction, and a concrete outcome
  • Other comments including suggestions and wishes for the future of WCIW.

Read the survey report here WCIW_survey_final

Please join me in sharing appreciative thanks to  Dr. Jenny Wiilis, executive editor of the Creative Academic for her efforts to provide these important, helpful and practical insights.  We will be leveraging the findings as preparations for WCIW 2017 begin.

Have you saved the dates in your calendar yet?  April 15-21, 2017  World Creativity and Innovation Week #16.

Coming this year – an additional focus:  celebrating your own ideas. More to come…

What does Creativity Look Like in Different Cultures?

Overlaps of creativity beliefs that exist in different cultures are explored in this easy-to-read research paper.

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 is open to all. Remember to add April 15-21, World Creativity and Innovation Week to your planning calendar for 2017.

 

 

WCIW 2016 stats – fabulous online growth!!

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 2016)!

WCIW 2017 is our 16th anniversary and it would be great to double, triple, quadruple our reach so everyone on the planet can engage in meaningful ways.

Online growth

WCIW experienced tremendous online growth in 2016. Coverage in Innovation Excellence, Creative Academic and The Banff Centre’s blog likely helped.

This year 25 countries (down from 26 last year), that we know of,  participated in 72 (up from 57 in 2016) different celebrations. See wciw.org/wciw-2016 for specifics; scroll through the blog posts too.

Here are the percentage increases and  counts for our social media platforms

  • wciw.org followers – 45 % to 4944
  • FB page likes – 24% to 1046
  • FB group members – 91 % to 1574
  • @worldcreativity followers – 12% to 3111
  • Linked in group members – 13 % to 786

All of this was achieved through volunteers (thank you!!) who use the week  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. Your help too.   Thank you for partnering to move the energy forward.

From your point of view, two questions:

  1. Do you feel WCIW is valuable?  If so, in what ways?
  2. Regardless of your response to question 1,
    What suggestions do you have for the future of WCIW?

Kindly click on this link to respond.  The collector is open now.   Thanks.

Five lessons Walt Disney and Steve Jobs can teach us about innovation | ZDNet

There are startling parallels in the lives of Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. Their dedication to product quality and innovation transformed industries.

Lessons:

  • Don’t give up
  • Finding the right creative partner can be a force multiplier
  • Betting on new technologies ahead of the curve can be a strong differentiator
  • Perfectionism, if you can survive it, can create deep customer loyalty
  • Mashing up disciplines is new ways can transform industries

Read the blog post – First, you get to see Disney’s breakthrough Steamboat Willie animation and you’ll be exposed to good stories and examples to leverage as inspiration for your new WCIW – in 2017 and beyond.

Source: Five lessons Walt Disney and Steve Jobs can teach us about innovation | ZDNet

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

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