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Creativity involves new connections, listening, that’s right

Would you agree that you are the product of a creative act?

For you to exist, two cells connected for the first time in a hospitable environment, and grew.

This World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, make new connections.

Why?

Every person, idea, group, organization, challenge, or opportunity carries a similar cell be it an idea or a question that, when paired with another, can give birth to a new solution, product, service, approach to life.

Help give birth to the world we want by making new connections with issues related to sustainability, personally, professionally, and intentionally, to create a world we want, and a world future generations will appreciate and be grateful for.

WCID (April 21)  and WCIWeek (April 15-21) provide a hospitable environment in which new connections can be started, nurtured and grow.

Listen. 

“Listening to each other gives birth to an unborn child,” said Vijay Ayer, jazz musician, and MacArthur Fellow. ” Music is made of us listening to each other.”

Let’s connect, listen and make music World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21.

Tips to be more creative – infographic

This infographic may help you prepare your project or activity to share for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2018 (WCID).  Thanks to blogger Daisy Hartwell for her creation. Be patient – it may take a moment to load.

As you review the list, make a mental note of which are new to you, ones you can add to your creative thinking. behaviour repertoire.

Remember to upload your WCID April 21 and WCIW April 15-21 celebrations for this coming year to serve as examples and inspiration for others!

What’s WCID all about?

I was at our local chamber of commerce informal business networking event last night and invited those present, in 1:1 conversations, to begin planning for their World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2018.

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Tanya Sullivan, Nutrition and Wellness Consultant reviews WCID one-sheet with Marci Segal at Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce Bevvies and Business, October 25, 2017, held at Canmore Brewing Company.

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Observations: Many did not know about it, and when they learned of the UN’s adoption of the day, paid attention.

I brought along a document, a handout, WCID One pager October 2017, that, given people’s reactions, needs improving.

As I discussed the WCID opportunities available for local businesses, some people understood right away, and others, well, not so much.

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The Question: This morning, on reflection I wondered – what is World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and Week, April 15-21 all about? That is, how to best describe to people to invite participation?

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The Aha! WCID is about flexibilizing people’s brains; to use new patterns of thinking to approach the challenges we face and will face in the future.

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The Story: I took my first course in Creative Studies in 1977 with Dr. Sidney J. Parnes at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo. On the first day of class, he handed out a blue examination booklet and said, “Solve a problem.”

I didn’t know what to do, so, I wrote 2+2=4 on the first page, closed the booklet, wrote my name on the cover and handed it in. I was out of the class in less than a minute.

At the end of the semester, without my knowing he would, Sid did the exactly the same thing.  He handed out blue examination booklets and said, “Solve a problem.”

This time, I opened the booklet and began to write, “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” and proceeded to use the creative problem-solving process we learned. I…

  • Identified a challenge to address
  • Scoped its context
  • Defined an opportunity for problem-solving
  • Generated many different ideas
  • Sculpted a prototype solution, and
  • Mapped its action plan.

After about 90 minutes, I closed the book, wrote my name on the cover and, before handing it over to Sid, asked if I could have it back when he was finished with it.  Sid smiled and said, “Yes.”

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Sid Parnes and Marci Segal at ACRE 2 in South Africa, 1995

In 16 weeks I learned how to use creativity in problem-solving; to honour the human spirit of curiosity, exploration, wonder, and imagination, and use them to perceive challenges and opportunities, and solve them, in new, unusual and relevant ways.

There was no looking back.

WCID founding principle 1: Wouldn’t it be great if everyone in the world had the confidence in their capacity to use creativity in problem-solving?

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Call to Action

In planning for your WCID2018 do what you can to use your brain in ways it hasn’t been used before, to increase its flexibleness and your resilience to adapting to and creating meaningful change.

What are some ways to help people feel confident in their abilities to use their creativity in problem-solving?  Feel free to add suggestions, references, and resources for people to consult in the comments section.

WCID: celebrating that we can generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new results that make the world a better place and make our place in the world better too.

Start planning World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, today

What if you wanted to create a decent life for all on a sustainable planet? What if you wanted to innovate a current system to make it happen? What if you were curious about ways to navigate the changes we don’t yet anticipate?

What might be your first step?

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Tell 3 people that April 21, 2018, is the first time the United Nations is celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Day and there’s an opportunity for you to exercise, showcase and leverage your creativity to make a difference.

What does that mean? You can…

Generate and welcome new ideas np_light-bulb_77636_56C0D8.png

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Plan and take new actions

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Achieve new outcomes
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To make the world a better place and make your place in the world better too.

 

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Plan for your World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 today; to release, showcase and leverage creative energy to help create a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.

 

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/

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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