Category Archives: Activity

What is imagination? from Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer

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“It is the Combining faculty. It brings together things, facts, ideas, conceptions in new, original, endless, ever-varying combinations…It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science. ”

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852).

To use your imagination… combine two things that by nature have not yet been connected.

What if, for example, as a brain warm-up activity, in getting ready for your World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 or World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, you combine your next project with one of the sustainable development goals? What new invention, idea, solution might emerge?

 

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Tips to be more creative – infographic

This infographic may help you prepare your project or activity to share for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2018 (WCID).  Thanks to blogger Daisy Hartwell for her creation. Be patient – it may take a moment to load.

As you review the list, make a mental note of which are new to you, ones you can add to your creative thinking. behaviour repertoire.

Remember to upload your WCID April 21 and WCIW April 15-21 celebrations for this coming year to serve as examples and inspiration for others!

Creativity is energy – what if…

What if creativity had nothing to do with thinking at all?
What if creativity is an energy that everyone has and uses to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions.

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source: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/jens-English-tips-using-the-word-if.html

What if the energy is blocked, that people do some things that stop it from flowing.
Learning skills associated with releasing creativity means learning ways to enable its energy to flow.
What if during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 every year people all over the world felt welcome to let the energy of their natural creativity flow… blocks removed, doors opened, awareness gained, partnerships strengthened; we are, after all, sharing this planet together.
What if we collectively used our creativity to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too – by seeing with new pairs of eyes, imagining new ideas, exploring  new decisions, risking new actions
Creativity includes an ability to make associations that aren’t immediately obvious. Let’s give it a chance.
Sign on to World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.
Commit to participate, spread the spark, use imagination to make this world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.
Show your commitment in comments and tweets…
Wouldn’t it be great to see this grow?  #wciw2017 #wcid
 
 
 

WCIW 2016 stats – fabulous online growth!!

Thanks so much for all of your help to spread the energy and the word about World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 (WCIW 2016)!
WCIW 2017 is our 16th anniversary and it would be great to double, triple, quadruple our reach so everyone on the planet can engage in meaningful ways.

Online growth

WCIW experienced tremendous online growth in 2016. Coverage in Innovation Excellence, Creative Academic and The Banff Centre’s blog likely helped.
This year 25 countries (down from 26 last year), that we know of,  participated in 72 (up from 57 in 2016) different celebrations. See wciw.org/wciw-2016 for specifics; scroll through the blog posts too.
Here are the percentage increases and  counts for our social media platforms

  • wciw.org followers – 45 % to 4944
  • FB page likes – 24% to 1046
  • FB group members – 91 % to 1574
  • @worldcreativity followers – 12% to 3111
  • Linked in group members – 13 % to 786

All of this was achieved through volunteers (thank you!!) who use the week  to enable people to make a the world a better place in ways that are relevant to their individual contexts.
It was a great year everyone, let’s continue to collaborate, coordinate, communicate and create a greater community for sharing ideas and lending support to open doors for new potentials to emerge.
Your ideas are always welcome. Your help too.   Thank you for partnering to move the energy forward.
From your point of view, two questions:

  1. Do you feel WCIW is valuable?  If so, in what ways?
  2. Regardless of your response to question 1,
    What suggestions do you have for the future of WCIW?

Kindly click on this link to respond.  The collector is open now.   Thanks.

Design Thinking Exercise and Guide for WCIW

Are you looking for a 20-minute World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 activity?
This Ready-Set-Design activity from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum of the Smithsonian may fit the bill.  


This is a highly adaptable design challenge that can jump-start collaborative and creative thinking in any group. They say it is used  with kids’ groups at the Museum, for internal staff meetings, and even at industry conferences and summits they host. The activity is such a success with participants that they’ve received many requests for their how-to guide.
Source: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/2011/09/09/ready-set-design/

Why Creativity?

Creativity gives you the opportunity to make the best use out of what you know.

20130217-041854.jpgI was surprised to see these windshield wipers standing upright.  Caused me to wonder why; looked odd.

Then it occurred to me – it makes sense. Positioning them upright prevents the wipers from freezing into the crevice between the windshield and car hood.

Doing this eliminates the need to dig them out, which may not always be easy to do if there is also freezing rain.  Great idea! Creative problem-solving in action.

How might you make the best use of what you know to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and Week April 15-21?