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Creativity is energy – what if…

What if creativity had nothing to do with thinking at all?

What if creativity is an energy that everyone has and uses to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions.


What if the energy is blocked, that people do some things that stop it from flowing.

Learning skills associated with releasing creativity means learning ways to enable its energy to flow.

What if during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 every year people all over the world felt welcome to let the energy of their natural creativity flow… blocks removed, doors opened, awareness gained, partnerships strengthened; we are, after all, sharing this planet together.

What if we collectively used our creativity to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too – by seeing with new pairs of eyes, imagining new ideas, exploring  new decisions, risking new actions

Creativity includes an ability to make associations that aren’t immediately obvious. Let’s give it a chance.

Sign on to World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.

Commit to participate, spread the spark, use imagination to make this world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.

Show your commitment in comments and tweets…

Wouldn’t it be great to see this grow?  #wciw2017 #wcid




Creative Literacy is the Answer – Mattymatt

Let me guess, you have a friend that isn’t creative, right? Let me take another guess, most people you encounter—maybe even yourself—don’t consider themselves creative. Most people are so quick to self-diagnose themselves as not creative.

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The Creative Power of Meeting Eyeball to Eyeball

The subtleties of in-person interaction are critical … to creativity. A team of researchers from two U.S. universities and three European universities studied interactions within several teams at the University of Cologne that were trying to find new methods of prediction and analysis in psychology, economics, computer science and other fields; independent raters judged the creativity and quality of the teams’ ideas.

Understanding group creativity is increasingly important as more organizational problem solving gets done by teams rather than individuals; when Oxford Economics asked major employers to name the skills they want most in employees, “co-creativity and brainstorming” ranked near the top.

Additionally….The main reason Google serves its employees gourmet food for free is to make sure they’ll go to the cafeterias, where they’ll meet randomly in person. Google even measures the time spent waiting in line; three to four minutes is optimal.

Sourced through from: Read this article.  Worth it!


Look for Invisible Potential

Individual and collective creativity are the motors of innovation.

To prepare for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21, 2016

  • Look at how creative your people can be and what the conditions are to make them creative.
  • See your situation and resources with new eyes, transcend away confrontational style of communication to an inclusive one. (For example, replace the phrase ‘yes, but’, with ‘yes, and’)
  • Focus on the creative potential of the people involved.
  • Keep in mind: Seeing creative potential doesn’t necessarily mean being able to work with it.  That’s another skill set. To be covered later on.

(adapted from Citizen-Driven Innovation Guidebook issued by the World Bank)