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World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 Observed in Provincial Legislature!

On April 19, 2017,  Mr. Cameron Westhead, MLA for Banff-Cochrane, Alberta, Canada announces World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21 on the floor of the Alberta, Canada legislature.
In honour of the week, he highlights the creative and innovative approach the Government is making life better for Albertans.

Thank you for your leadership, Mr. Westhead!

Human creativity cannot be suppressed

Scarcity is attractive.  Research shows imposed limits motivate people to act: consumers are led to purchase using phrases ‘limited time offer’, ‘ first 30 people get a 30% discount’, and ‘only 100 left’ for example. [Other scarcities such as clean water, nourishing food, arable land, honeybees, and so on are also motivating people to take action.]

Creativity is not scarce. It is common. I was quoted once saying, “if you breathe, you create”.  Remove the scarcity of creativity, the common beliefs that some have it, others don’t, or some people are more creative than others, and so on, and creativity may become less attractive.  Except…

Creativity signals a restlessness to improve conditions. To explore, discover, experiment, question.  We create because we are members of the human race, and the human race is filled with passion.

It’s human nature to use the power of imagination to adapt to and initiate change for the better. Once we have the idea,  insight,  framework,  ability to compare what can be with what used to be, we gather with others to innovate; to make it so.

Celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 this year, and every year. Share how you’ll be exercising your passion for new, different, better with the world.


Passion Comment adapted from Dead Poet’s Society:  We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

 

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.

 

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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.

Adobe State of Create Study 2016. More support for #wciw2017 Infographic and highlights

Feel free to use  Adobe’s State of Create 2016 Report findings to fuel your inspiration to celebrate and leverage World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2017.

“With our 2016 State of Create study, we set out to quantify just how much impact creativity has and the results are impressive. Globally, respondents believe that being creative is valuable for society, and it fuels innovation, economic growth, and even happiness. Yet, only three in 10 people feel that they are living up to their creative potential.

So, the question is: why not? Why aren’t we prioritising creativity when we know it’s beneficial? The call to action for all of us is to simply take a step back and create. The bottom line is companies that encourage and empower employees to create are driving results and employees who think creatively are bound to succeed. And for students, it underscores a broader opportunity – not just what, but also how we prepare students for the real world — creativity helps businesses win.”

Mala Sharma, VP & GM of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community, Adobe

Infographic

Report

Creativity + anger = ?

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

pandora 2016
http://www.resistsubmission.com

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.

What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity? #wciwadvice

“What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity?” #wciwadvice

Just off a Skype interview with We Are Unstuck in the UK about creativity in organizations.  Researcher Amy Rainbow’s questions were intriguing; one in particular struck as a fulcrum for learning.  How might you respond?

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http://under30ceo.com/10-practical-ways-widely-creative/

 

 

 

 

 

 

“What’s the best advice you have been given (or would like to give) regarding creativity?” #wciwadvice