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.
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.
Greetings all! It was an honour and a privilege to meet with Ambassador I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative to the United Nations from St. Vincent and the Grenadines last week, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, to discuss the upcoming resolution to include World Creativity and Innovation Day among the UN Days of Observance. Ambassador King is the champion of this resolution.
Ambassador King is championing that all levels – government, public sector, and civil society – use creativity in problem-solving to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too, to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
[A fuller report on the journey to the United Nations will follow in the next few weeks. Please use the comment section below to include the questions you have.]
What does it mean to use creativity in problem-solving?
Would you like to contribute to the understanding of what it means to use creativity in problem-solving?
I am preparing a document to submit to the UN describing what to expect when creativity is used in problem-solving at the government, private sector, and civil society, and welcome your voice, your additions. You will, of course, be given credit for your contribution and will receive a copy of the document for your files.
Please keep submissions to 250 words or less, bullet form is fine, and say from which country you are writing. Copy editing may take place. Depending on the breadth of contributions, a summary paragraph may result, summing up the themes brought forward.
Use this page for your submissions, deadline is May 7
Short term: I am on holiday for the next few weeks and look forward to compiling what you submit, beginning May 7, the deadline for your comments.
Longer term: Because attention to life on our planet is of prime importance, I urge you to review the Sustainable Development Goals and view each as an opportunity for creative problem-solving at home, at work, in your government, and to include these in your goals for #WCID2018 and #WCIW2018
What might be ways to align actions and use each as stimulation for creative problem-solving?
How might you combine what you are currently involved in with advancing these goals?
What are ways to collaborate with unlikely partners to make a difference?
Your examples of applying creativity in problem-solving to meet the 2030 Sustainability Goals will inspire others to act in meaningful, responsible, wise and impactful ways to make a difference that makes a difference. Please keep a record of them.
Help is needed, your help, to keep conversations alive, to keep creative energy moving.
We are in for the times of our lives! Ask for what you need and want to build creative confidence, competence, capacity, comfort, and commitment to using our creativity (new ideas, new decisions, new actions, new outcomes) to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too.
Great news!! WCIW is gaining momentum. More sponsors want to be included in UN resolution. Delayed reading in General Assembly!
Thank you, everyone, for your leadership, inspiring others to use creativity (generating new ideas, making new decisions, taking new actions and achieving new outcomes) and innovation in their problem-finding and problem-solving to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too.
I am thrilled to announcethat On April 20, 2017, 10:00 am eastern, I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the United Nations from St. Vincent and the Grenadines is scheduled to read a UN resolution on the floor of the General Assembly to include World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, among the UN Days of Observance which includes Earth Day, Water Day, World Humanitarian Day, and the like.
In her 10-minute speech, Ms. King will emphasize the importance of using creativity to meet the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to Transform the World
Friends, I urge you to do a few things:
Review the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and choose one to creatively champion (even in one small way) with your family, friends, clients and colleagues this year and every year forward; in the coming months we will be collecting your stories so keep a record, and stay tuned!
Gather with others to Watch Permanent Representative I. Rhonda King deliver her speech on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 10:00 Eastern Time on UNWebTv
Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate! on April 21st; the UN is sanctioning using creativity in problem-solving to transform the world.
List your celebration (it’s free!) here for others to see.