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WCIW Founding Ground

WCIW April 15-21 was founded in 2001 using the following principles as guides. The week begins on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday April 15 and ends on World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 every year.

Its purpose is to provide time to allow, encourage and enable new thinking to create new futures; to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too

Over the years the celebration has involved people, families, organizations and communities world-wide.  You can see some of #2017wciw April 15-21 here. More are added as people upload their WCIW activities.

WCIW is inclusive, no matter how big or small, please include your celebration to show others you are here, active and creating.

What is Creativity?

Creativity is the spark of life, the vitality that stirs desires to improve and change the status quo—meaningfully, responsibly, wisely, and with impact.

This spark is inherent; we are born with it. Using its light, we build upon the past, imprint the present, imagine the future, and connect to forever.

Why Do We Create?

Creativity is a condition of being human. We explore new territory, invent procedures, adapt behaviors, develop  systems, and create new knowledge to increase the likelihood of survival and fulfillment.

Human creativity extends from our biological imperative to procreate. It’s as natural as that.

Do We All Create the Same Way?

Like love, creative expression varies from person to person and from culture to culture.

There are many ways to access creativity. Individuals, groups, cultures, and purposes are all unique and the same approaches do not necessarily appeal all.

This is why WCIW is a do-it-yourself celebration. You celebrate in a way that befits your context.

Would you like to add creativity practices for people to experiment with?  Feel free to add techniques, methods and habits that promote creativity and innovation in the comments below.

When Do We Create?

We create in response to or to initiate a restlessness to grow beyond where we are. We may feel moved, for example, to add structure, build relations and connections, inspire and/or excite others’ curiosity to accomplish this. We might also be driven to gain inner clarity, identify purpose, harvest wisdom and/or advance using  foresight.

How Does It Feel to Create?

Creativity yields feelings of freedom, power, connection, clarity, satisfaction, curiosity, dread, confusion.  People report emotions spanning from fear and depression to elation and joy.  Bottom line: creativity involves emotions, feeling along with thinking. Intuition is also involved as is tactile concrete sensing.

According to the Center for Non-Violent Communication, emotions can signal whether a need is being met (positive emotion) or not being met (negative emotion).

How does World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 fit?

The week begins Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15, and concludes on World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, each year.  It serves as an invitation and reminder to all people to access their natural creating energy; to make space and time to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions, ask new questions, create new outcomes by altering thinking, challenging assumptions, wondering what if…observing new things, and behaving a little differently, even if only for a moment, so a new light can shine and permit new futures to be planned and emerge.

Please share how you will engage in WCIW this year.  Add your #wciw2017 celebration here, no matter how big or small, WCIW is inclusive.

Parts of this text is adapted from Creativity and Personality Type: Tools for Understanding and Inspiring the Many Voices of Creativity (Segal, M. Telos, 2001) which in now out of print. WCIW was founded in 2001, on May 25.

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




Seven Misconceptions About Creativity and How to Harness It

Remember to stay true to your own creative energy, methods, and approach.

Forget comments others make about your way to do things, such as

  1. You are too original
  2. You are too alone
  3. You are too distracted
  4. You are too focused
  5. You are too in love (with your idea)
  6. You are too perfect
  7. You are too aimless

There’s a way to hack these. Take a look at this source article.


To quote Joseph Campbell, an America mythologist and scholar “follow your bliss.”  Campbell’s work influenced George Lucas’ (Star Wars) filmmaking.

Adding my own sentiment to Campbell’s philosophy – follow your bliss, and not someone else’s.

Other Campbell quotes:

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
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We Are Wired To Be Creative

“A highly creative individual is in constant self-actualization.
… Creativity makes life worth living.”

From the book “Wired to Create” by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. Sourced from:

Creativity is everyone’s birthright.

Remember to use yours, and help friends use theirs, before, during and after each World Creativity and Innovation Week Day April 21 and World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 to 21.

See what you can do.


How to Be Creative: 6 Secrets Backed By Research

Be open-minded and embrace ‘me’ time

Sourced through from:

Everyone has the capacity to tap into their create energy. See any new years resolutions here? Spark ideas for your World Creativity and I notation Week April 15-21?

See on Scoop.itCreativity and Learning Insights

Creativity Predicts a Longer Life

The trait of openness improves health through creativity


“…openness, which measures cognitive flexibility and the willingness to entertain novel ideas, has emerged as a lifelong protective factor. The linchpin seems to be the creativity associated with the personality trait—creative thinking reduces stress and keeps the brain healthy.”


All the more reason to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, no?