Today, where I live, it is Mother’s Day*. I could not not make a relationship** between this day and World Creativity and Innovation Day, wondering, what can be learned and applied from Mother’s Day that would help in WCID celebrations.
Mothers perform an ulitimate creative act – they bring new life into the world. We use Mother’s Day to celebrate and recognize the work Mothers perform everyday of the year.
On Mother’s Day, in Canada, stereotypically:
Mother is taken for a meal, or a meal is prepared for her.
She receives gifts, such as flowers, chocolates
The family gathers
Affection is shared
Mothers, as well as being honoured, honour their mothers
Those who are not mothers contribute to the celebrations
Mothers have an expectation of particular attention, kindness.
What if the same reverance was given to creativity and innovation during World Creativity and Innovation Day, and Week?
Our ability to create – generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes – is given an opportunity to rest, relax and feel pampered.
People exchange gifts to enhance creativity and innovation.
Groups of people, teams, families, communities, alumni, gather to share news of adventures, both successful and not, of using creativity in problem-solving.
People, organizations, and associations share congratulations, affirmations, and support.
Those who are creative and innovative every day honour others who are also creative and innovative.
People who believe they are not creative, participate in celebrations, help to create them.
We each expect kindness, individual attention. For example, each knows and has skills so new ideas have a soft place to land; everyone is ready to receive new thinking, not necessarily as complete, instead, as beginnings for further conversations.
Your thoughts? What parallels and relationships do you make between Mother’s Day and World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21?
*Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates around the world (just as each person’s creativity style and expression is unique).
**Making relationships between two different topics is one of my go-to creative thinking techniques.
Happy Mothers Day to mothers and other nurturers Thank you Marci
Hope you are well, and feeling the inspired elation you released worldwide for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and Week, April 15-21. People have hope where they didn’t before; they feel they can in some way, make a difference through their disciplines.
No one can do everything, everyone can something. That message is traveling throughout our atmosphere, people breathing it in; they are generating new ideas, making new decisions, taking new actions and achieving new outcomes that make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too, due to your efforts. Thank you.
So many people from all over the world, on this site and through tweets, everywhere, from all parts of society. #wcid #wciw #worldcreativityday #worldcreativityweek #worldcreativityandinnovationday #worldcreativityandinnovationweek #wcid2018 #wciw2018. At the final count, we had representation on the website alone from 35 countries and more than 80 listings.
I’m taking a break until mid-May when data collection, hashtag checking, a review of the website and strategies for the future will begin development.
Please feel free to send in your ideas, suggestions, recommendations, wishes.
Would you like to participate in next phase in celebrating WCID? Send a brief email to info at wciw.org and include how you’d like to be involved (its to uncover interests, you are not making a commitment) and your email address. Then, watch your in-basket for further conversation to take using creativity in problem-solving to create a decent life for all on a sustainable planet up to another level in your community and around the world.
Thank you again, for opening further the creativity and innovation portal, moving everyone on the planet closer to contributing to make our world the sustainable home we want it to be. Looking forward to keeping in touch and to celebrating with you again next year and in the years to come.
World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, is only one time in the year during which you are invited to welcome and generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes that make the world a better place and make people’s place in the world better too.
Like newly planted seeds, your efforts to make a difference will require nurturing, attention, friendship, patience and eventually, pruning.
As the new creative year begins remember the impossible takes just a little bit longer and, you can use creativity in problem solving, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Continue to discuss, showcase and share your learnings and achievements throughout the year and to strengthen your creative thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial skills through learning, practice and application to help you prepare for your next World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and Week, April 15-21, 2019
Let’s do our best to create the future we want – a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.
Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15, opens a time portal for each and every one planet-wide, to free thinking, to consider new ideas, decisions, actions and outcomes – World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.
Feel welcome to use your imagination this week and to combine it with your’s and others’ knowledge to:
form new relationships
establish new standards
consider different approaches to meeting challenges
learn new information and practice new skills
develop fresh insights
recall past successes from which to build new platforms
generate positive possibilities and potentials for the future
go beyond your ‘familiar’ to embrace something ‘strange’ (a new restaurant? a different way to hold meetings?)
try new behaviours that align with the values of contributing to creating a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.
As inspiration, take a look at what is happening around the world here and on twitter #wcid2018, #wciw2018, #worldcreativityweek, #wcid and #wciw.
Do what you can in your home, your work, your school, your community, and/or your nation to inspire joy in creating anew. Each time one of us makes a change, we all benefit.
Find a way to give new ideas a soft place to land.
Show the ways you contribute to the emerging story of planet Earth. Upload your World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21 and World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 activities here.
Happy World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21! May you safely and effortlessly ride this week’s creative energy to make a helpful difference in your life and the lives of others.
There’s a day for everyone all over the planet to feel free and welcome to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes that make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too.
That’s it. That’s the vision.
It’s like the old Shel Silverstein cartoon
At times when we feel stuck, we can shift our perspective to make our place in the world better than it appears.
World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and Week, April 15-21 provide an escape hatch of sorts.
Calendar time, for example, to
Consider and modify ideas before buying into them: What’s good about what’s going on? How might you adapt to a new situation?
Appreciate perspectives and approaches different from ones we already use: How might you figuratively walk in someone else’s shoes?
Stretch beyond your knowledge: What’s something you’d like to know more about?
Learn from and have new experiences: Get outside your routine.
Even though the WCID April 21 celebration is relatively new, it’s growing, and people are learning about it now that it is a United Nations Day of Observance.
Do you think that feeling self-conscious may prevent people from celebrating their capacity to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes to make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too? Think about it.
When it comes to creativity, many say they want to make sure they get it ‘right’ as if there is an external measure to meet, as if there is a perfection standard they must attain. There isn’t. Not where creativity is involved.*
Creativity is a natural process that results from a restlessness to change or improve the status quo. (Segal, 2001). We all feel that restlessness from time to time. We engage in new and different activities, use new patterns of thinking, perceive with new eyes, and/or seek new experiences. We might structure things differently, relate to others in new ways as a result. Examples: rearrange furniture; modify a recipe; take a new route to school; eat breakfast for dinner; hold meetings in a different location; invite unusual suspects to participate in the planning process.
Each these could be considered creative. American Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “In as much as someone has done something new for himself, he can be considered to have committed a creative act.” To which I like to add – whether other people consider it creative or not.
Creativity is one of our resources. By celebrating it every year April 21 and during the week leading up to it beginning on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15 we prepare for the future.
Thought catalystsFor your WCID this year, and for every year moving forward consider these thought catalysts
What is in your environment that can do with some improving? Improve it.
What ordinary activity might you make more fun? Make it more fun.
What efficiencies might you bring to a process? Bring them.
New ideas need a soft place to land. Remember there is balance in the universe. Every idea influences a reaction. Giving new ideas a soft place to land will be the focus of a future blog post.
Confusion about creativityThe term creative can be confusing. Insert the term before each of the following as an example: economies, industries, advertising, agencies, media, digital, technology, sports plays, arts, commons, market, writing, images, resumes, ideas, photography, dance, quotes. In each instance, there’s a slightly different meaning.
A practical approachFor our purposes, to enable everyone to celebrate WCID and WCIW here’s the understanding used: Generating new ideas, making new decisions, taking new actions and achieving new outcomes that make the world a better place and make your place in the world better too.
Remember to upload your WCID2018 and WCIW2018 actions to share with the world.
Segal, Marci (2001) Creativity and Personality Type: Tools for understanding and inspiring the many voices of creativity. Huntington Beach: Telos Publications.
Happy to share this video with you – it’s the 15-minute Ted-like speech I gave in Buffalo this past fall at the Creativity Expert Exchange in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the International Center for Studies in Creativity, my alma mater.
The founding of WCID is shared, as is the tale of how the day became a United Nations Day of Observance and why that is important. Spoiler alert: it’s centered on using creativity in problem-solving especially with regard to meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Imagine applying creative thinking and creative evaluation to assess and address the challenges – to find solutions that work.
Now scroll further for information on the Global Goals Interconnectedness and see what you can do to help meet any of the goals by reviewing the Global Goals List that follows.
The Global Goals are Interconnected
The goals’ interconnectedness and influences are spelled out in a paper Water, Peace and Global Security: Canada’s Place in a Changing World, delivered by R.W. Sandford, EPCOR Chair, Water and Climate Security, United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment & Health at the University of Victoria, British Columbia Jan 23, 2018.
“All 17 of the UN’s 2030 Transforming Our World global sustainable development goals can be achieved by realizing the link between water security, climate stability and human and planetary health. Water security means clean water and sanitation for all. It also means managing water on a basin scale which means protecting aquatic ecosystems which improve life on land and life below water which leads to improvements in agriculture which will help end hunger; which also helps to end poverty.
Managing water in a manner that will help end hunger and poverty, however, cannot be achieved without industry innovation and infrastructure; but innovation and infrastructure development cannot come into existence without quality education which demands gender equity which in itself leads to reduced inequality. Quality education, gender equity, and reduced inequality lead to economic growth. It is only through economic stability that we will be able to make a smooth transition to affordable and clean energy for all which is a critical step toward climate action. Climate action will help restore planetary health thereby contributing to better physical and mental health and well-being for all.
Improved human health and well-being allows an ever more crowded world to react more proactively and be more resilient to growing public health threats like epidemic outbreaks which, in tandem with climate action will reduce the specter of large-scale forced human migration. This, in itself, will lead to peace and justice and strong institutions. Such institutions are necessary to guide humanity toward responsible production and consumption. It is only through strong institutions, responsible production and consumption, clean water, sanitation and climate action can we have sustainable cities and communities.
Making and acting upon the link between water security, climate stability and human and planetary health will demand the creation of the new kinds of partnerships that are necessary if we are to achieve all 17 of these global goals simultaneously. The building of such partnerships will build trust which will contribute to state and military security globally.”
*Global Goals List
1. No Poverty
This goal, which seeks to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. The UN defines extreme poverty as living on less than $1.50 a day. Perhaps most importantly, this goal includes measures to protect those who have had to leave their homes and countries as a result of conflict.
2. No Hunger The UN seeks to both improve the access that the world’s poorest have to food, and the ways in which that food is produced.
3. Good Health and Well-being This goal focuses on continuing to reduce child mortality, the health of mothers, and combating other diseases.
4. Quality Education Improving worldwide access to education is a top priority. It calls for free education through high school, rather than limiting it to primary school only.
5. Gender Equality This goal advocates for the elimination of violence and discrimination against women. It also calls on countries to improve women’s social and economic standing.
6. Clean Water and Sanitation The UN reports that by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. This goal aims to improve sanitation and hygiene practices, including access to fresh water, in developing nations by 2030.
7. Affordable and Clean Energy This goal seeks to broaden both the development and use of renewable energies by 2030, the next deadline date for achieving these goals.
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth The UN is interested in both the creation of new jobs, and the development of those jobs that are sustainable enough to lift employees out of poverty. According to UN estimates, “roughly 470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labor market between 2016 and 2030.”
9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure This goal focuses primarily on the building of roads, rail systems, and telecommunications networks in the developing world.
10. Reduce Inequalities This goal aims at reducing the inequalities in income distribution among the most marginalized populations in the world, both within developed and developing nations. The UN estimates that “a significant majority of households in developing countries – more than 75 percent of the population – are living today in societies where income is more unequally distributed than it was in the 1990s.”
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities With urban populations on the rise over the past decade, the world is on a hunt for ways to house, feed, and employ that burgeoning population. This goal seeks to tackle that problem by reducing the number of people who live in slums by 2030. It also aims to reduce the pollution output coming from those urban centers.
12. Responsible Consumption and Production This goal, a continuation of Goal 6, seeks to improve the access that people in developing countries have to food and clean water, while at the same time improving how food is produced on a global scale. It also aims to address the global obesity crisis.
13. Climate Action The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals looks at quickly and efficiently reducing greenhouse-gas emissions in both developed and developing nations.
14. “Life Below Water” The UN is interested in sustainable fishing practices and protecting marine life. They estimate that nearly “40 percent of the world oceans are heavily affected by human activities, including pollution, depleted fisheries, and loss of coastal habitats.”
15. Life on Land The UN is also interested in protecting creatures on land, with an emphasis on reducing deforestation and desertification.
16. “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions” A goal that envisions fair and free elections, as well as governmental accountability at every level. The UN estimates that “corruption, bribery, theft, and tax evasion cost some US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year.”
17. Partnerships For the Goals In keeping with practices established with the 2000 Millennium Development Goals, the UN continues to envision a global framework of support to make sure that its goals are realized. Adapted from: https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/0926/UN-s-17-global-goals-What-s-on-the-list See what you can do. Release human potential for a purpose.
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.
Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide