Category Archives: Sustainable Development

New Ideas Need a Soft Place To Land

You can quote me on this. I’ve been using the phrase and the idea behind it for years to explain that people feel more comfortable contributing new thinking, knowing their ideas will be well received; that psychological safety exists.

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Let’s face it, over 15,000 scientists worldwide agree we need to shift away from ‘business as usual’ toward a more environmentally sustainable way of acting, living. With that big ask, comes opportunities to use imagination, to free thinking to create new futures.

Environments with psychological safety give new ideas a soft place to land. Not necessarily adopted, as put into action, heard and considered.

Psychologically safe environments let people risk new ways of thinking and understanding challenges, and stretch beyond ‘normal’ to consider alternative methods, outcomes, and activities without feeling threatened, insecure or embarrassed.  In other words, out of the box thinking is welcomed; people walk the talk, they encourage using curiosity and exploration.

I recently read Inc magazine’s recently published article The Results of Google’s Team Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams.  It cited the importance of psychological safety as a determinant of effective teams. Other qualities are dependability, structure and clarity, meaning, and impact.

What if, in the lead up to World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, you planned to enable psychological safety in your environment?

Innovation is about people after all. New ideas need a soft place to land. See what you can do to be open and receptive to new thinking – yours and others’.

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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The lazy person’s guide to saving the world – United Nations Sustainable Development

Thinking about your celebration for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2018 and World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21, 2018?

Why not engage in using your creativity in problem solving to help achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015?

Take a look at the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World for inspiration – see what you can contribute…


http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/

What does it mean to use creativity in problem solving? Have your say.

Greetings all! It was an honour and a privilege to meet with Ambassador I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative to the United Nations from St. Vincent and the Grenadines last week, on Thursday, April 20, 2017, to discuss the upcoming resolution to include World Creativity and Innovation Day among the UN Days of Observance.  Ambassador King is the champion of this resolution.

Ambassador I. Rhoda King. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from St. Vincent and the Grenadines with Marci Segal, Founder, World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21. 4/20/2017
Ambassador King is championing that all levels – government, public sector, and civil society –  use creativity in problem-solving to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too, to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

[A fuller report on the journey to the United Nations will follow in the next few weeks.  Please use the comment section below to include the questions you have.]

 

What does it mean to use creativity in problem-solving?

Would you like to contribute to the understanding of what it means to use creativity in problem-solving?

I am preparing a document to submit to the UN describing what to expect when creativity is used in problem-solving at the government, private sector, and civil society, and welcome your voice, your additions.  You will, of course, be given credit for your contribution and will receive a copy of the document for your files.

Please keep submissions to 250 words or less, bullet form is fine, and say from which country you are writing.  Copy editing may take place. Depending on the breadth of contributions, a summary paragraph may result, summing up the themes brought forward.

Use this page for your submissions, deadline is May 7

What’s next?

Short term: I am on holiday for the next few weeks and look forward to compiling what you submit, beginning May 7, the deadline for your comments.

Longer term: Because attention to life on our planet is of prime importance, I urge you to review the Sustainable Development Goals and view each as an opportunity for creative problem-solving at home, at work, in your government, and to include these in your goals for #WCID2018 and #WCIW2018

  • What might be ways to align actions and use each as stimulation for creative problem-solving?
  • How might you combine what you are currently involved in with advancing these goals?
  • What are ways to collaborate with unlikely partners to make a difference?

Moving forward:

  • Your examples of applying creativity in problem-solving to meet the 2030 Sustainability Goals will inspire others to act in meaningful, responsible, wise and impactful ways to make a difference that makes a difference. Please keep a record of them.
  • Help is needed, your help, to keep conversations alive, to keep creative energy moving.
  • We are in for the times of our lives! Ask for what you need and want to build creative confidence, competence, capacity, comfort, and commitment to using our creativity (new ideas, new decisions, new actions, new outcomes) to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too.

With appreciation for your leadership,

Marci