World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, (WCID) was born 16 years ago today, May 25, 2001, in Toronto, Canada, in response to a newspaper headline that read, “Canada in Creativity Crisis“.
WCID’s vision is for everyone around the world at the same time, uniting in creativeness, enabling people to use their creativity to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too.
This year, the United Nations adopted a resolution to include World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 among its days of observance.
This year, countless individuals, organizations, clubs, groups, schools, municipalities all over the planet sent messages and created opportunities for new thinking to happen; we connected in our creativeness worldwide. (stats coming soon)
Let’s do the same next year and every year following. Mark World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 on your calendar today.
Below are some graphics created in our #worldcreativityandinnovationday twitter hashtag.
Check out the amazing messages and contributions there, and in the others, #wciw2017 #wciw #worldinnovationday #worldcreativityday #worldinnovationweek #worldcreativityweek
Prepare for #wciw2018. Include it in your planning calendar to begin actioning soon.
Please join me in sharing appreciative thanks to Dr. Jenny Willis, executive editor of the Creative Academic for her efforts to provide these important, helpful and practical insights. We will be leveraging the findings as preparations for WCIW 2017 begin.
Have you saved the dates in your calendar yet? April 15-21, 2017 World Creativity and Innovation Week #16.
Coming this year – an additional focus: celebrating your own ideas. More to come…
Found this gem from 2004 while going through old files. Could not not share. Thinking you might pick up an idea or two to round out your plans for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and/or World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 celebrations.
Looking back, not much has changed conceptually about celebrating creativity and innovation during the week of April 15 – 21 conceptually over the years. Except …
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 in everyday language now. The words creativity and innovation appear in more corporate mission statements, job descriptions and self-help columns than ever, for example,
When people ask why 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 small and potent doses (like espresso) 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.
This first section shows 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.
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
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. (In 2017 WCID, World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 was adopted as a United Nations global day of observance).
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?
Hope you found these helpful. Maybe a new thought or two was triggered for you about ways to 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.
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.
…as doors for emerging new potentials open during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2015.
Vi auguro tutti i momenti di gioia ispirata come porte per emergere nuove potenzialità aperto durante mondiale creatività e dell’innovazione settimana 15-21 aprile 2015.
Je vous souhaite tous les moments de joie inspirée que des portes pour l’émergence de nouveaux potentiels ouvert pendant mondiale créativité et Semaine de l’innovation Avril 15-21 2015.
Deseando que todos los momentos de alegría inspirada como puertas para salir nuevos potenciales abiertos durante Mundial de la Creatividad y la Innovación Semana 15 a 21 ab 2015.
Ik wens u alle momenten van geïnspireerde vreugde als deuren voor de opkomende nieuwe mogelijkheden geopend tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog de creativiteit en innovatie Week 15-21 april, 2015.
Ich wünsche Ihnen alle Momente der Freude, als inspirierten Türen für neue neue Potenziale im Zweiten Welt Kreativität und Innovation Woche April 15-21, 2015 geöffnet.
विश्व रचनात्मकता और नवीनता सप्ताह 15-21 अप्रैल, 2015 के दौरान खुले नई क्षमता उभरते के लिए दरवाजे के रूप में आप प्रेरित आनन्द के सभी क्षणों बधाई।
Semoga Anda semua momen sukacita terinspirasi sebagai pintu untuk muncul potensi baru buka selama Dunia Kreativitas dan Inovasi Minggu April 15-21, 2015.
Semoga anda semua detik-detik kegembiraan diilhamkan sebagai pintu untuk muncul potensi baru dibuka semasa Dunia Kreativiti dan Inovasi Minggu April 15-21, 2015.
متمنيا لكم كل لحظات الفرح من وحي كما الأبواب أمام إمكانيات جديدة مفتوحة خلال العالمي الإبداع والابتكار أسبوع 15-21 أبريل 2015 الناشئة.
Jixtiequ inti kollha mumenti ta ‘ferħ ispirati bħala bibien għall-potenzjal ġodda miftuħa matul Dinjija Kreattività u l-Innovazzjoni Week April 15-21, 2015 emerġenti.
Desejo a vocês todos os momentos de alegria inspirado como portas para o surgimento de novos potenciais abertas durante Mundo Criatividade e Inovação Semana 15-21 abril de 2015.
Želim vam vse trenutke navdahnjenega veselja kot vrata za nastajajoče nove potenciale odprta v času svetovne ustvarjalnosti in inovativnosti tedna 15-21 april, 2015.
These google translations are for the languages represented by people who sent in their creative action for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 (see wciw.org/wciw-2015). Kindly share language corrections and feel free to add your wciw celebration too!
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.
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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.