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7 Ways Leaders Can Celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week

In our busy world, it can be challenging to make time to advance your innovation agenda and cultivate the creativity in the people around you. The development of new thinking, new ideas, and new actions often winds up on the back burner. So why not leverage World Creativity and Innovation Week (April 15-21) to gain momentum on perplexing problems or seeking opportunities?

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Welcome to World Creativity and Innovation Week Apri l 15-21.  Shout out to the Banff Centre, Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute for posting this article. Wishing you inspired and inspiring connections this week and beyond.

Marking territory stifles workplace #creativity | The Source | Washington University in St. Louis

Companies often pride themselves on creating a collaborative culture that encourages the free-flow of ideas between colleagues.

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Research on the effect of saying, “I’ve got an idea,” at the office.

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Design Thinking Exercise and Guide for WCIW

Are you looking for a 20-minute World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 activity?

This Ready-Set-Design activity from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum of the Smithsonian may fit the bill.  

This is a highly adaptable design challenge that can jump-start collaborative and creative thinking in any group. They say it is used  with kids’ groups at the Museum, for internal staff meetings, and even at industry conferences and summits they host. The activity is such a success with participants that they’ve received many requests for their how-to guide.

Source: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/2011/09/09/ready-set-design/

Brewing Innovation at University of Michigan through across campus random coffee meet-ups

Innovate Brew is a first-of-its-kind program that randomly matches U-M faculty for 30-minute coffee meetings once a month to foster more innovative thinking on campus.

So simple an idea.  Perhaps an initiative to begin at your workplace for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21?

 

https://record.umich.edu/articles/random-coffee-meet-ups-spurring-innovation-across-campus

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 Scoop.it from: www.newsweek.com. 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)