With so much divisiveness in our world now, wouldn’t be nice if we could transcend our differences and unite in our creativeness if only for one week every year? This year?
We all possess a potential for the future; we are pregnant with the possibilities for tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be cool to see in everyone the contribution they can make and give them the chance, the support, the encouragement to release their creative spirit, even if only for one week every year? This year?
Wouldn’t it be cool to see in everyone the contribution they can make and give them the chance, the support, the encouragement to release their creative spirit, even if only for one week every year? This year?
Imagine if leaders discussing important issues we spurred during this one week to say “It’s World Creativity and Innovation Week, so let’s put on our creative thinking caps to see what else we can consider, and the let us share our brand new thinking with our stakeholders and other interested parties.”
When the intended and other audiences hear the new thinking they respond by using an Angel’s Advocate approach, saying:
- What they like about it (even if they don’t – to stretch their thinking)
- What some future potentials might be (even if they don’t like the idea – to stretch their thinking)
- Their objections and concerns
- And then dialogue together with the idea proposers of ways to overcome obstacles, to change and/or strengthen, and/or replace the idea.
What if during this one week
…School children all over the world were given the same challenge to solve? Wouldn’t it be fascinating to see their unique solutions?
…Municipalities, states, provinces, counties, industries, associations all recognized creative achievements and supported their constituents and members in learning more and exploring their own creativeness?
We all have a capacity to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and create new outcomes in whatever field we are in, such as dentistry, architecture, culinary, stone masonry, dance, driving truck, forecasting, teaching, you name it. Creativity occurs in the arts and beyond.
Wouldn’t it be cool to unite in our shared creativeness for one week every year?
That week exists. It’s called World Creativity and Innovation Week (wciw).
It begins on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15, and continues through to World Creativity and Innovation Day April 21, since 2001.
Please join in; unite in celebrating our creativeness.
Share your unique way of doing so here.
The photos are from a WCIW event last year in Canmore, Alberta, Canada held at artsPlace. Butcher block paper was put on that wall and visitors were invited to ‘give a hand to Canmore’. Each traced his/her hand on the paper using markers and filled the space with a wish for the future. The children particularly enjoyed this, as you can see in the selected photos.