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Freeing people's thinking so they can create new futures. Founder of World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21. Speaker, consultant, author

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From Shel Silverstein’s Now Here’s My Plan: a Book of Futilities (1960)

The United Nations included World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 as one of their days of global observance in 2017 to address the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The motivation? To encourage everyone to use creativity in problem-solving to create a decent life for people on a planet.

Sustainable development is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (Our Common Future, 1987))

World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 (WCID) was created by Marci Segal in Canada in May 2001, celebrations began in 2002. It is now celebrated in over 50 countries worldwide and has extended to a week (WCIW), starting on April 15, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday.

WCID and WCIW are both open and free for all to participate. Use this time to encourage and remind people they (and you!) can generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes (aka use your creativity) to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.  Upload your World Creativity and Innovation Day/Week celebration here.

Creativity for a decent life

What might be all the ways to leverage World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 in 2018 to advance a decent life for all on a sustainable planet?

What new ideas, decisions, actions and outcomes are possible?

Global leaders are meeting at the United Nations this week for top level diplomatic talks on the needs of the world’s people, with discussions on vital issues such as sustainable development and climate change.

What talks might you be able to hold this week as well, to see what you can do in your context?photo credit Marci Segal

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2017/09/un-general-assemblys-annual-debate-to-focus-on-people-ensuring-decent-life-for-all/

Charlottesville awakening.  Your creativity is needed. 

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. 

Your Creativity Needed: Ideas for Your 2018 World Creativity & Innovation Day April 21 Celebration

Greetings all,

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.

  1. Awareness – open the door to new opportunities to use creativity in problem-solving to make the world a better place
  2. Assess – your environmental footprint
  3. 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)
  4. Audit – reassess your environmental footprint, collect learnings from your prototype
  5. 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 to save the world

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…

  1. Use your imagination.
  2. Create strategies to help move the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals forward.
  3. Action something.
  4. Report your progress, achievements, learnings, and next steps for a massive World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 celebration
  5. This will show how we use 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.

In what ways 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
Awareness|Assessment|Action|Audit|Acheive|Affirm
Let’s learn together

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NeuroScience of Creativity – Beau Lotto

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?

Graphics created from around the world for #wciw2017 – 16 years later

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.