To everything there is a season…

WCIW_PRIMARY_LOGO_Y_4CThanks all for joining and celebrating your creativity during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2013.  There were countless events, conversations, activities, and moments of reflection that helped lift the world away from where the past may have led toward a new, more desirable future.

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 is one week in the year for everyone, at the same time, to be open to and generate new ideas, be open to and make new decisions and to be open to and take new actions that make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too.  What you do during this time counts in your life and the lives of others.

We know many people, groups, organizations, schools, associations from every habitable continent were involved this year and invite you to read this website, our Facebook group, our facebook page, #wciw on twitter, to catch a glimpse of what people are reporting.  Feel free to add your event, activity and wishes, so you may provide an example for others in years to come.

We’ve learned a lot this year, about how WCIW continues to inspire new thinking and new action for everyone involved.  It’s a special week every year that invites creative and innovative participation. It defies tradition because it is about what you do, not what others are about.

This post is call to everything there is a season, for a reason…

Do you know the Byrds’ Turn, Turn, Turn song from the 1960’s? It’s lyrics come from centuries ago, wisdom about balance of action and focus.

Words-adapted from The Bible, book of Ecclesiastes
Music-Pete Seeger

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

A time to build up,a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late

Please enjoy the rest of your year, ride with the creativity and innovation tide, have confidence in your capacity to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions that matter.

Since its first celebrations in 2002, WCIW keeps growing. I hope you’ll help grow it further through your thoughts and actions so that we may with focused energy, collectively, collaboratively and creatively connect to lift the planet in meaningful, vital, responsible, knowledgeable ways.

We’ll  need volunteers to keep the momentum going and will be keeping in touch through our Facebook group and page.  Make sure you are included in either or both to learn of developments.

Thanks so much for making this one as great as it is/was, looking forward to our World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 2014.

Best wishes for the year to come. Thanks again. For all you do.

Marci Segal, WCIW founder

fyi, this year for WCIW I did three new things:  Presented at PechaKuchaToronto on WCIW, attended the opening of an art show of never seen creations, and made a new slow cooker recipe.  What new things or ideas were part of your WCIW this year?

P.S. Zulu Alpha Kilo developed the new WCIW logo by instigation of Linda Salna, Toronto WCIW team captain.

Happy World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 #wciw

WCIW keep calmRemember to share with the world what you are doing for World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15 – 21 in an easy tweet.  #wciw

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 celebrates the unlimited potential of people to be open to and generate new ideas, be open to and make new decisions, and to be open to and take new actions that make the world a better place and make your place in the world better too.

Enjoy your right to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

Need Convincing to Celebrate #WCIW? See Adobes’ 2012 State of Create Report

Adobe provides great support for leveraging World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 in their State of Create 2012 Research Study. Their presentation has great slides you can share with others to make your case. to use this week to begin conversations, generate ideas, make new decisions, take new actions to integrate creative thinking deliberately into the workplace, into schools, even into your day-to-day life.

2012 Adobe Study Reveals Global Creativity Gap
  • New research reveals a global creativity gap in five of the world’s largest economies,according to the Adobe® (Nasdaq:ADBE)
  • The research shows 8 in 10 people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth and nearly two – thirds of respondents feel creativity is valuable to society, yet a striking minority–only 1 in 4 people–believe they are living up to their own creative potential. Interviews of 5,000 adults across the United States, United Kingdom,Germany, France and Japan expose surprising attitudes.

Workplace Creativity Gap The study reveals a workplace creativity gap, where 75% of respondents said they are under growing pressure to be productive rather than creative, despite the fact that they are increasingly expected to think creatively on the job. Across all of the countries surveyed, people said they spend only 25% of their time at work creating. Lack of time is seen as the biggest barrier to creativity (47% globally, 52% in United States).

Education Concerns More than half of those surveyed feel that creativity is being stifled by their education systems, and many believe creativity is taken for granted (52% globally, 70% in the United States).

“One of the myths of creativity is that very few people are really creative,” said Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. “The truth is that everyone has great capacities but not everyone develops them. One of the problems is that too often our educational systems don’t enable students to develop their natural creative powers. Instead, they promote uniformity and standardization. The result is that we’re draining people of their creative possibilities and, as this study reveals, producing a workforce that’s conditioned to prioritize conformity over creativity.”

Full press release

Full Adobe 2012 State of Create Study

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21 Ways to Celebrate Creativity with Your Children

See on Scoop.itCreativity and Learning Insights

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21is a global celebration of our natural ability to create. It is about “celebrating our ability to get new ideas, use imagination, and make new decisions to make the world a better place, and to make your place in the world better too”. The wonderful thing about WCIW is that you can celebrate your creativity anywhere.

To jumpstart your creativity, I wanted to provide you with twenty-one things you can do this month to celebrate creativity with the children in your life. Many of these ideas are taken from a book I am currently co-developing with Michaelene Dawson and Amy Freiermouth. The book is called, “My Sandwich is a Spaceship: Creative Thinking for Parents and Kids”.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

Great list of activities with your children that are 1) fresh 2) easy and involve new ideas, new decisions and new actions.  Thanks to Cyndi Burnett for this blog post.

See on www.blueberrypizza.com

Creative Juice: A Dozen Key Lessons for Creative Dreamers

See on Scoop.itCreativity and Learning Insights

Characteristics and challenges that impact achieving people in business, science, and other fields – plus tips for pursuing creative dreams.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

Great reminders on the eve of World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21.

See on talentdevelop.com

From NASA: passion fires up creative genius – inspiration for #WCIW

A two-minute video brought to you Karen Friedt at NASA. Simple, sweet, to the point.

If you think you can’t do something wonderful for WCIW this year, no matter large or small, watching this will brighten your hopes, spark your verve and spur action.

creative genius video

Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide

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