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Planting seeds for WCIW2017; 6 questions and a game

Some people ask for advice on what to do for their World Creativity and Innovation Week 2017 (April 15-21 every year).

“Hm.  I’m not sure.” I often reply. Then I ask questions like these.

  • What might you do?
  • What opportunities present themselves?
  • What pet peeves would you like to solve?
  • What would you like to experiment with for yourself, your family, your team, your organization, your community that you can use WCIW as an excuse for?
  • What’s something different from your day to day routine can you inject during that week?
  • What’s something you’ve always wanted to do and haven’t had the chance to get around to doing yet?

If you are not already a @worldcreativity follower, I suggest you become one; different reminders and prompts for celebrating WCIW2017 are offered everyday.

Creative energy abounds. We each have a storehouse of creativity and WCIW is a week to let it loose, let it go for a run, so to speak. To nurture it, welcome it, in yourself and others.

Here’s a game that was made up to help you stir your thinking.  Using the letters W C I W, create as many different four-word sentences for what you might do, or others, for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, this year.  #wciwgame to share.  Others are already there. First word starts with W, second with C, third with I, fourth with W.  See what you can come up with.

 

wciwgame

WCIW Founding Ground

WCIW April 15-21 was founded in 2001 using the following principles as guides. The week begins on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday April 15 and ends on World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 every year.

Its purpose is to provide time to allow, encourage and enable new thinking to create new futures; to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too

Over the years the celebration has involved people, families, organizations and communities world-wide.  You can see some of #2017wciw April 15-21 here. More are added as people upload their WCIW activities.

WCIW is inclusive, no matter how big or small, please include your celebration to show others you are here, active and creating.

What is Creativity?

Creativity is the spark of life, the vitality that stirs desires to improve and change the status quo—meaningfully, responsibly, wisely, and with impact.

This spark is inherent; we are born with it. Using its light, we build upon the past, imprint the present, imagine the future, and connect to forever.

Why Do We Create?

Creativity is a condition of being human. We explore new territory, invent procedures, adapt behaviors, develop  systems, and create new knowledge to increase the likelihood of survival and fulfillment.

Human creativity extends from our biological imperative to procreate. It’s as natural as that.

Do We All Create the Same Way?

Like love, creative expression varies from person to person and from culture to culture.

There are many ways to access creativity. Individuals, groups, cultures, and purposes are all unique and the same approaches do not necessarily appeal all.

This is why WCIW is a do-it-yourself celebration. You celebrate in a way that befits your context.

Would you like to add creativity practices for people to experiment with?  Feel free to add techniques, methods and habits that promote creativity and innovation in the comments below.

When Do We Create?

We create in response to or to initiate a restlessness to grow beyond where we are. We may feel moved, for example, to add structure, build relations and connections, inspire and/or excite others’ curiosity to accomplish this. We might also be driven to gain inner clarity, identify purpose, harvest wisdom and/or advance using  foresight.

How Does It Feel to Create?

Creativity yields feelings of freedom, power, connection, clarity, satisfaction, curiosity, dread, confusion.  People report emotions spanning from fear and depression to elation and joy.  Bottom line: creativity involves emotions, feeling along with thinking. Intuition is also involved as is tactile concrete sensing.

According to the Center for Non-Violent Communication, emotions can signal whether a need is being met (positive emotion) or not being met (negative emotion).

How does World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 fit?

The week begins Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15, and concludes on World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, each year.  It serves as an invitation and reminder to all people to access their natural creating energy; to make space and time to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions, ask new questions, create new outcomes by altering thinking, challenging assumptions, wondering what if…observing new things, and behaving a little differently, even if only for a moment, so a new light can shine and permit new futures to be planned and emerge.

Please share how you will engage in WCIW this year.  Add your #wciw2017 celebration here, no matter how big or small, WCIW is inclusive.

Parts of this text is adapted from Creativity and Personality Type: Tools for Understanding and Inspiring the Many Voices of Creativity (Segal, M. Telos, 2001) which in now out of print. WCIW was founded in 2001, on May 25.

Essence of World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21

Original / Short from Vucko on Vimeo.

Creativity is natural. Allow it.
Give creativity time and space. Freedom.
Give it practice.

Creativity means change. Notice what needs changing.
What can you do about it?

Creativity is not about setting standards for comparison;
it is a doorway for
expression,
exploration,
discovery,
curiosity,
focus,
movement,
stillness,
play.

New ideas, new decisions, new actions. New pair of eyes.

Creativity takes courage to separate, if only for a moment, into a world of imagination, and remix, combine, and/or elevate old ideas to new perspectives, new times, new futures.

Practice, learn, experience and grow from
frustration,
confusion,
curiosity,
clarity,
joy,
laughter,
breakthrough,
insight,
aha.

Creativity is natural. Allow it time and space. Freedom.
Keep fresh your capacity to create and innovate.

Celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week.
April 15-21 every year.

Notice what needs changing.
What can you do about it?

List your activity for #WCIW2017.
Inspire the world.

WCIW 2016 stats – fabulous online growth!!

Thanks so much for all of your help to spread the energy and the word about World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 (WCIW 2016)!

WCIW 2017 is our 16th anniversary and it would be great to double, triple, quadruple our reach so everyone on the planet can engage in meaningful ways.

Online growth

WCIW experienced tremendous online growth in 2016. Coverage in Innovation Excellence, Creative Academic and The Banff Centre’s blog likely helped.

This year 25 countries (down from 26 last year), that we know of,  participated in 72 (up from 57 in 2016) different celebrations. See wciw.org/wciw-2016 for specifics; scroll through the blog posts too.

Here are the percentage increases and  counts for our social media platforms

  • wciw.org followers – 45 % to 4944
  • FB page likes – 24% to 1046
  • FB group members – 91 % to 1574
  • @worldcreativity followers – 12% to 3111
  • Linked in group members – 13 % to 786

All of this was achieved through volunteers (thank you!!) who use the week  to enable people to make a the world a better place in ways that are relevant to their individual contexts.

It was a great year everyone, let’s continue to collaborate, coordinate, communicate and create a greater community for sharing ideas and lending support to open doors for new potentials to emerge.

Your ideas are always welcome. Your help too.   Thank you for partnering to move the energy forward.

From your point of view, two questions:

  1. Do you feel WCIW is valuable?  If so, in what ways?
  2. Regardless of your response to question 1,
    What suggestions do you have for the future of WCIW?

Kindly click on this link to respond.  The collector is open now.   Thanks.

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!

2015 #WCIW results

Thanks so much for all of your help to spread the energy and the word about World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 (WCIW 2015).

WCIW 2016 is our 15th anniversary and it would be great to double, triple, quadruple our reach so everyone on the planet can engage in meaningful ways.

This year 26 countries, that we know of,  participated in 57 different celebrations. See wciw.org/wciw-2015 for specifics and scroll through the blog posts too.

Here are the percentage increases and the counts for each social media platform
wciw.org followers – 18% to 3402
FB page likes – 22% to 842
FB group members – 17% to 821
@worldcreativity followers – 12% to 2788
Linked in group members – 6% to 693

All of this was achieved through volunteers (thank you!!) who want to enable people to make a the world a better place in ways that are relevant to their individual contexts.

It was a great year everyone, let’s continue to collaborate, coordinate, communicate and create a greater community for sharing ideas and lending support to open doors for new potentials to emerge.

Your ideas are always welcome.

American Creativity Association Austin Chapter secures #WCIW proclamation!

Yes, that’s right.  A large US city in Texas (population estimate 900,000)  declared World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, thanks to the efforts of Bud Wurz.

Austin ACA Proclamation 4.15.15Double click to enlarge.

For 2016 we would like your help to create a proclamation template to  use and a PR kit to help you spread the word about WCIW in your community, village, town, city, province, state, canton, jurisdication, organization, association, country, industry, and so on.  Please write to marci at wciw.org to volunteer your expertise.