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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.

From the Archives: WCIW FAQ’s from 2004

Going though old files, found this gem. Could not not share. Thinking you might pick up an idea or two to round out your plans for your WCIW2016.

Looking back, not much has changed conceptually about celebrating creativity and innovation during the week of April 15 – 21 conceptually over the years.  Except …

Logo CID
2004 CID Logo

Twelve years ago not as much was known about creativity and innovation; the terms didn’t easily roll off the tongues of our leaders then, there were far fewer news headlines containing the words.

People use creativity everyday now. The terms creativity and innovation appear in more job descriptions and self-help columns than ever.

2014 WCIW Logo
2014 WCIW Logo

If people ask why specifically during this one week you encourage them to explore and expand their creative potential, tell them this:  the goal is for everyone on the planet (for now) to experience at least one moment of inspired joy during that time frame.  Imagine how that would be, eh?

Into to the FAQ’s

In 2004 WCIW didn’t exist – not yet. We called April 21 Creativity and Innovation Day (CID) and referenced the week leading up to it as idea week, beginning on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15th.

Celebrations that year included activities in over 45 countries, One was a workshop day in Toronto called, Admit it. You are Creative! Participants were given espresso doses of different approaches and experiences in creativity and innovation.  Other celebrations included creativity themed street markets in Bangkok, Thailand, and Zona Norte, Argentina; creativity gatherings in Rio de Janeiro and Slovenia. radio shows in Peru. Leo(nardo da Vinci) Awards were given out in Chicago to local businesses for advanced creative approaches.  The list goes on.

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This first section shows some early positioning thinking for CID.

Why Celebrate CID?

To celebrate human creativity and innovation worldwide

Creativity is generally applied
1 – to make one’s world more beautiful and harmonious
2 – to solve challenges for survival
3 – to express oneself
The capacity to create is inborn.

Business concept

CID provides a service to people to realize their creative contributions – to make new decisions; to replace fear with confidence, and to celebrate making new decisions.  CID can be leveraged to honour risk taking to make the world more sustainable.

What industry does it belong to?

Training, education, entertainment, recreation, technology, information, financial, social clubs, PTA’s; wherever people are.

What products or services does it provide?

  • Experiences of joy, accomplishment, celebration
  • Bolstered confidence in flexible thinking, good feeling, wholeness, amazement

Potential customers

Sponsors who want to identify with creativity and innovation;  teams looking for an outlet for their creativity and freedom from the restrictions of corporate nay-saying; hungry people; activists; educators and students, town councils, government agencies…

Frequently asked questions

Why does Creativity Day have a week’s lead up?  Why is it more than just one day?
Creativity is more than an event.  It’s a process.  The reason the celebrations last for a week is to model this very important concept.

What happens each day of the week leading to Creativity and Innovation Day?
Each day, individuals, teams, organizations, families, schools and communities host an activity to welcome, engage, and contribute pride in creating and innovating.

Who’s behind CID?
Started by Marci Segal, creativity specialist and author, CID is observed and supported by concerned and influential individuals and groups of people all over the world who recognize the need for creative energies and innovation to be celebrated, affirmed and used for creating new desirable futures.

What is the intent of CID?
Creativity and Innovation Day is intended to serve as a pivot point for individuals, groups, communities and organizations to
• bring creativity and innovation to mind
• recognize creations and innovations
• begin a new cycle for creating
• think new thoughts, generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new action

How can I get involved?
• Sponsor an event in your local community, group, school, or association.
• Identify people who are passionate about releasing creative potential, hold a conference, a show, a fun fair.
• Show off your achievements and accomplishments.
• Have a dinner with friends and toast each others’ creative and innovative achievements and discuss what else is new and on the horizon.

What support is available for CID activities?
Funding is being sought  from local community groups, associations, governments, industry and corporations.  More sponsors are needed.  Can you help?

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Hope you found these helpful.  Maybe triggered a new thought or two for you about ways you might celebrate WCIW this year.  And yes, we continue to look for sponsors. Activities and funds are welcome.  Add your activity here and use the donate button on the left to make a contribution that will help make a difference moving forward.

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Join the energy!  Connect, explore, enjoy and urge your colleagues, friends and family to do something different during World Creativity and Innovation Week this and every year.

 

Innovation Magazine and the Birth of a Buzzword – IEEE Spectrum

Today’s technoculture of entrepreneurship and creative problem solving owes much to this 1960s magazine

Source: spectrum.ieee.org

This article gives an historic overview.  Possible other sources also contributed to the growth of innovation today…