I’m saddened by the events in Charlottesville; America is burning. And not only America. So much anger, rage, confusion, contradiction. Your creativity is needed to help the transition from chaos to clarity so that every decision we make contributes to our having, living in, sharing and promoting a healthy planet.
Today, August 2, is Earth Overshoot Day. Essentially, this is the date on which humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. This short video explains what that is and means.
On April 27 this year, the United Nations General Assembly declared World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, (WCID) as a day to direct global attention to using creativity in problem-solving to make the world a better place; today, we can apply it to help achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
This one approach might be interesting to pursue as a WCID April 21 project. It can be used at home, in school, in clubs, at work, in communities, you name it.
- Awareness – open the door to new opportunities to use creativity in problem-solving to make the world a better place
- Assess – your environmental footprint
- Action – generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions, achieve new outcomes to prototype ways that reduce your footprint (aka use creativity in problem-solving)
- Audit – reassess your environmental footprint, collect learnings from your prototype
- Announce – share your results and learnings during World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15 – 21, leading up to World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21. #wcid2018
Thoughts? Ideas? What might be other ways?
Your creativity is needed. UN call for more action on 2030 Sustainable Development Goals http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2017/07/hlpf-wrap-up/
Here’s the plan…
- Use your imagination.
- Create strategies to help move the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals forward.
- Action something.
- Report your progress, achievements, learnings, and next steps for a massive World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 celebration
- This will show how we unite in creativeness – using creativity in problem-solving to make the world a better place and make our place in the world better too.
Conversation and ideas are welcome. Reporting information structure needs to be created and ready to run by the end of August. Are you able to help?
Stay tuned, stay curious, stay hopeful, make a difference. We can. So cool.
World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and
World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21
Let’s learn together
A thought piece on creativity by neuroscientist Beau Lotto.
Our brains are geared to make fast assumptions, and questioning them in many cases could prove fatal. If your ancestors wondered for too long whether that noise was a predator or not, you wouldn’t be here now.
Everything begins with not knowing. What if you identified your assumptions and questioned them?
World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, (WCID) was born 16 years ago today, May 25, 2001, in Toronto, Canada, in response to a newspaper headline that read, “Canada in Creativity Crisis“.
WCID’s vision is for everyone around the world at the same time, uniting in creativeness, enabling people to use their creativity to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too.
This year, the United Nations adopted a resolution to include World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 among its days of observance.
This year, countless individuals, organizations, clubs, groups, schools, municipalities all over the planet sent messages and created opportunities for new thinking to happen; we connected in our creativeness worldwide. (stats coming soon)
Let’s do the same next year and every year following. Mark World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 on your calendar today.
Below are some graphics created in our #worldcreativityandinnovationday twitter hashtag.
Check out the amazing messages and contributions there, and in the others, #wciw2017 #wciw #worldinnovationday #worldcreativityday #worldinnovationweek #worldcreativityweek
Prepare for #wciw2018. Include it in your planning calendar to begin actioning soon.
Thinking about your celebration for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2018 and World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21, 2018?
Why not engage in using your creativity in problem solving to help achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015?
Take a look at the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World for inspiration – see what you can contribute…
Ambassador I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative to the United Nations from St. Vincent and the Grenadines spoke at the UN General Assembly just after 10:00 am April 27, 2017 as champion of the resolution to include World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 among the UN Days of Observance.
Here’s the video of Ambassador King’s historic speech – opening the door for people all over the planet to use their creativity to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too. Let’s move away from debating who has more, who less; instead, let us use our creativeness wisely, with responsibility, meaningfully and with impact.
The efforts of so many people in so many nations in so many fields throughout human history advanced creative thinking through practice, research, education; these set the stage for this momentous occasion.
From now moving forward we can hold and advance attitudes of posivity toward generating new ideas, making new decisions, taking new actions and achieving new outcomes to attend to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals which cover all aspects of life on our planet.