Tag Archives: Futures

What can you do for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21?

Start an imagination practice.

George Land‘s 2011 TEDx talk came across my Facebook feed today. I will always remember the class he guest taught.

George asked us, undergrads at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, to practice using divergent thinking. Even though we already knew how – he took our capabilities far further.

“Write down 5 of your strengths,” he said, “then draw a line.” After we finished, he said, “Now do it again.” This exercise went on for an hour and 40 minutes. Five strengths and a line, five strengths and a line. It was grueling.

By the end of that class, I realized I had strengths that I never knew about – like having brown hair, or breathing, and being able to laugh and cry. My perceptions and appreciation of strengths forever changed that day.

In school we practiced using our imaginations on a regular basis; we’d learned techniques by which to stretch and then focus thinking to make something of it. When I saw George’s TEDx talk, I was reminded of that.

I was also reminded that not everyone has the same experience using their imaginations; many may uncomfortable or shy away from using their imaging capabilities. Think that might be you?

if so, what if you began an imagination practice for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 as George suggests at the end of his talk, to bring out your latent genius. Then, with practice, you can apply using your imagination on challenges to create new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes.

Seriously, watch this video all the way through. George gives basics behind what we all need to be capable of to create the world of tomorrow and to align with and meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals – to use creativity in problem-solving to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too.

Spoiler alert: George is going to mention the accelerator and the brake. Watch out for that.

Want an imagination practice buddy? Why not? Take George’s advice at the end of this video, ask a friend to help generate other similar kinds of exercise and see what you accomplish. It’ll be good for your brain, good for your body, good for your future.

Is a traffic jam a tribe?

A wonderful commentary for taking a fresh look at a plague to all in urban centers.  Models looking at a situation in a brand new way.  Is a traffic jam a tribe?.

See if you can use this example from this blog post to practice these creativity – enhancing abilities

  • defer judgement
  • come from an attitude of curiousity
  • see the humour in the new connection
  • build on new insights, take the ideas further
  • project the idea into the future for a new product, service, social innovation ideas


Marci Segal, MS, Creativity and Change Leadership; Freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures, founder, World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21

Sustaining the Human Spirit at the World Futures Conference

Off to the World Futures Conference in Boston for the next few days to learn and contribute to what’s happening in the future, this year’s theme: Sustainable Futures, Strategies and Technologies.

Sparked by the notion that the future really depends on the people who make it happen, we’re presenting two sessions to emphasize the importance of how people feel when they engaged in using new thinking to make new decisions. One is a pre-conference all day workshop, the other a concurrent conference session.

Making the Covert Overt: Strategies to Sustain the Creative Human Spirit in Futures Planning

During this pre-conference session Megan Mitchell and I will be making the case that affect or emotion, influences people’s involvement in futures planning workshops and will show a variety of techniques to show the effectiveness of using a framework developed by Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef as a guide. The day long session provides:

  • Proven presentation and engagement techniques to foster improved futures thinking and foresight by honoring the human spirit
  • Strategies, tools and tips for unleashing new pathways to knowledge

World Creativity and Innovation Week: Sustaining the Global Human Spirit

WCIW logoThis concurrent session provides insights into ways creativity can be actualized annually for the benefit of creating better futures.  World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 (WCIW) began in Canada in 2001 and is celebrated in more than 43 countries. It’s grass roots, word-of-mouth, volunteer and it continues to grow.

Tom McMillian, Megan Mitchell and I  present the rationale behind the celebration, its history and share examples of its positive influence citing examples from

  • corporate (Pfizer Consumer Health, Disney, PHD Canada)
  • public sector (Ontario government)
  • education (International Center for Studies in Creativity, American University)
  • community (Bangkok, Thailand; Buenos Ares, Argentina; Brussels, Belgium; Sydney, Australia)

celebrations from around the globe. Tom and Megan were heavily involved in Pfizer Consumer Health’s global celebration in 2006.

WCIW was created to encourage people to use their creativity to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too, without causing harm.

Our handout is attached – it highlights suggestions for planning ways to celebrate, how to get involved, and gives contact information.

WCIW handout FINAL

Looking forward to blogging news from the future…