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From Shel Silverstein’s Now Here’s My Plan: a Book of Futilities (1960)

The United Nations included World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 as one of their days of global observance in 2017 to address the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The motivation? To encourage everyone to use creativity in problem-solving to create a decent life for people on a planet.

Sustainable development is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (Our Common Future, 1987))

World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 (WCID) was created by Marci Segal in Canada in May 2001, celebrations began in 2002. It is now celebrated in over 50 countries worldwide and has extended to a week (WCIW), starting on April 15, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday.

WCID and WCIW are both open and free for all to participate. Use this time to encourage and remind people they (and you!) can generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes (aka use your creativity) to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.  Upload your World Creativity and Innovation Day/Week celebration here.

Charlottesville awakening.  Your creativity is needed. 

I’m saddened by the events in Charlottesville; America is burning. And not only America. So much anger, rage, confusion, contradiction. Your creativity is needed to help the transition from chaos to clarity so that every decision we make contributes to our having, living in, sharing and promoting a healthy planet. 

Creativity + anger = ?

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

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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.

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.

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source: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/jens-englsih-tips-using-the-word-if.html

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 participating, spreading the spark, using imagination to make this world a better place and to making your place a better world. Indicate your commitment in the comments and tweets…
Wouldn’t it be great to see this grow?  #wciw2017

 

 

 

Research is in!

creativity_survey_results-20150610113443615Creative Academic magazine self-initiated a research project to investigate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2016 .

Invitations to participate appeared in our Facebook group, on our Facebook page, LinkedIn Group and on Twitter and each celebrant listed on our WCIW2016 page was contacted directly through email ask.

Read the results here WCIW_survey_final

The report includes

  • Events for WCIW 2016 categorized into 4 areas: workshops and talks in the workplace; public engagement activities; use of on-line media, and formal teaching
  • Prior year celebrations categories: repeating same activity as before; creating new activities each year
  • Ways people learn about WCIW: social media; through the workplace; from earlier involvement, and by chance
  • How WCIW is related to the respondent’s own area of work/interest: creative/innovation industry consultants; mission and teaching context
  • Why people chose to take part in WCIW 2016: to fill a gap and/or spread awareness; thought it was valuable; its marketing value; it is easy to get access to, and, why not?
  • Important outcomes from taking part in WCIW 2016: Spreading awareness; positive client feedback; creating a sense of community; personal satisfaction, and a concrete outcome
  • Other comments including suggestions and wishes for the future of WCIW.

Read the survey report here WCIW_survey_final

Please join me in sharing appreciative thanks to  Dr. Jenny Wiilis, executive editor of the Creative Academic for her efforts to provide these important, helpful and practical insights.  We will be leveraging the findings as preparations for WCIW 2017 begin.

Have you saved the dates in your calendar yet?  April 15-21, 2017  World Creativity and Innovation Week #16.

Coming this year – an additional focus:  celebrating your own ideas. More to come…

Innovation Excellence | World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 is a dedicated time worldwide to inspire new action, create novel ideas, make new decisions; solve problems in new ways, do something new, support new thinking, partner with new people, hold new conversations, use a new pair of eyes. It’s is a global launch pad for new ideas, new decisions and new actions.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.innovationexcellence.com

Shout out to Innovation Excellence for featuring World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21!