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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 unite in creativeness – using 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.  Reporting information structure needs to be created and ready to run by the end of August.  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?

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 Observed in Provincial Legislature!

On April 19, 2017,  Mr. Cameron Westhead, MLA for Banff-Cochrane, Alberta, Canada announces World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21 on the floor of the Alberta, Canada legislature.
In honour of the week, he highlights the creative and innovative approach the Government is making life better for Albertans.

Thank you for your leadership, Mr. Westhead!

Human creativity cannot be suppressed

Scarcity is attractive.  Research shows imposed limits motivate people to act: consumers are led to purchase using phrases ‘limited time offer’, ‘ first 30 people get a 30% discount’, and ‘only 100 left’ for example. [Other scarcities such as clean water, nourishing food, arable land, honeybees, and so on are also motivating people to take action.]

Creativity is not scarce. It is common. I was quoted once saying, “if you breathe, you create”.  Remove the scarcity of creativity, the common beliefs that some have it, others don’t, or some people are more creative than others, and so on, and creativity may become less attractive.  Except…

Creativity signals a restlessness to improve conditions. To explore, discover, experiment, question.  We create because we are members of the human race, and the human race is filled with passion.

It’s human nature to use the power of imagination to adapt to and initiate change for the better. Once we have the idea,  insight,  framework,  ability to compare what can be with what used to be, we gather with others to innovate; to make it so.

Celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 this year, and every year. Share how you’ll be exercising your passion for new, different, better with the world.


Passion Comment adapted from Dead Poet’s Society:  We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

 

Adobe State of Create Study 2016. More support for #wciw2017 Infographic and highlights

Feel free to use  Adobe’s State of Create 2016 Report findings to fuel your inspiration to celebrate and leverage World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2017.

“With our 2016 State of Create study, we set out to quantify just how much impact creativity has and the results are impressive. Globally, respondents believe that being creative is valuable for society, and it fuels innovation, economic growth, and even happiness. Yet, only three in 10 people feel that they are living up to their creative potential.

So, the question is: why not? Why aren’t we prioritising creativity when we know it’s beneficial? The call to action for all of us is to simply take a step back and create. The bottom line is companies that encourage and empower employees to create are driving results and employees who think creatively are bound to succeed. And for students, it underscores a broader opportunity – not just what, but also how we prepare students for the real world — creativity helps businesses win.”

Mala Sharma, VP & GM of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community, Adobe

Infographic

Report

Creativity + anger = ?

A friend posted an updated graphic of Pandora’s box on Facebook.
It reflects a sentiment resulting from the recent US election.

pandora 2016
http://www.resistsubmission.com

Stream of consciousness using a creativity lens:

  • Disruptions to status quo stimulate new combinations of thoughts, policies, procedures, practices.
  • New combinations underpin creativity.
  • Stirring status quo also facilitates experiences of emotion.
  • What and how are people are transforming as a result?
  • Facilitated by  feeling uncertain, excited, anxious, disappointed, elated, betrayed, marginalized, joyous, and/or hopeful, how does human determination  to create and/or contribute to a better future show up?
  • Creativity is a birthright to all.
  • New ideas, new decisions, new actions, new outcomes.

Wouldn’t it be great for everyone to share and celebrate this natural energy, rather than deny and punish its life giving essence?  There are many ways to sign-on to using World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2017  a week beginning on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday (April 15).

What might be all the ways that #wciw2017 can play an important role in your life and the life of others moving forward?

Here are some:

  • skill building in creative thinking, creative process, tools, techniques
  • community building
  • creative problem solving
  • social innovation
  • celebrations
  • awards for new inventions, creative juxtapositions
  • inspirational messages
  • research sharing
  • global connections with new perspectives
  • planning creative output/activities for the year to come
  • assessing progress in new thinking
  • reviewing new inventions, trends
  • holding discussions, conversations

Remember to earmark World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 in your calendar and to share your activities, plans, intentions, here and #wciw2017.

THINK PIECES

Campbell Quote in Kaufmann medium article

  • Quotes from a brain scan study of jazz musicians at the University of California, San Francisco, by one of the study researchers looking into the effect of emotion on creativity, neuroscientist Dr. Charles Limb:

“Humans seem to need creativity in order to understand and examine the human experience.”

“It appears that the nature of an emotion — whether it is positive or negative —has a significant impact on the mechanisms our brain uses for creative tasks when motivated by these emotions.”

Remember to earmark World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 in your calendar and to share your activities, plans, intentions, here and #wciw2017.