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
In 2017, more than 55 WCID and WCIW celebrations spanned over 40 nations, provinces, and states.
Today’s spotlight in on Lagos, Nigeria. Organizer Muyiwa Fasakin, former Chief Executive Officer at Sure Success Consultancy reports:
“We had a great time in Nigeria, we started the Day with the first ever Creativity and Innovation Walk in Africa, followed by Display your Creativity session, and finally we had speakers from various sectors speak on topics revolving around The Role of Creativity and Innovation in an Emerging Economy. Our celebration for 2018 will be even grander!”
First Ever Creativity and innovation Walk in Africa
Display Your Creativity
Creativity through makeup for women; Creativity through song
Other photos from Nigeria’s WCID 2017
Please let us know if you would like your 2017 WCID and WCIW celebrations spotlighted as inspirations for others.
Happy new fear friends. Can we count on you to engage this year, the 15th anniversary? Even though you are using your creative abilities day-to-day – to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions – I’m inviting you to spread the love especially during April 15 – 21 this year – to involve others to experience the freedom and joy of their creative birthright. To tweet your activity, observance for the week #wciw, #wciw2016
Here’s a creative museum activity in the Uk during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2016.
THE CREATIVE MUSEUM 18 APR 2016 16:00 – 18:00 CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY, DUBLIN CASTLE THE CREATIVE MUSEUM In collaboration with a range of local partners, museums professionals and MuseumNext participants, the Creative Museum Project and the Chester Beatty Library will stage a high-paced, interactive and fun event about creativity and maker culture in museums. In a relaxed, open environment, participants will be treated to a curated and highly interactive programme of lightning talks, fast workshops, and social mingling. Contributors to the programme include: Jo Ann Sunderland Bowe – Heritec Jasper Visser – Inspired by Coffee Jenny Siung – Chester Beatty Library Ian Brunswick – Science Gallery The topic: creativity, makers, and museums Museums are often viewed as dead spaces. Yet museums contain incredible collections and inspire creativity, learning, and curiosity. How can museums tap into the creativity of their communities, maker culture and – ultimately – their own creativity, to face their various challenges and be better institutions?The event will present various perspectives on these questions, showcase best practices and invite participants to explore their own creativity.
At times when I invite people to participate in generating new ideas, making new decisions, and/or taking new actions that make the world a better place and that make their place in the world better during WCIW they say, no, I already do that, I don’t need a special time to do it. I tell them that this week is not about them, it is about us, the planet. Imagine, I say, when everyone experiences moments of inspired joy as doors for emergent potential open at the same time. That’s the wish. Happy World Creativity and Innovation Day and beyond.
“You’re much more imaginative than you think, but your workplace — which needs your very best ideas — may be driving the creativity right out of you.” Professor Jeanne Liedtka, University of Virginia. Why not use World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 to enhance creativity in your workplace? WCIW April 15-21 occurs each year to remind people to
Generate new ideas
Make new decisions
Take new actions
Open the door for new potentials to emerge at the same time as are so many others all over the world. April 15 is Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. Using his example, combine two different needs to create an inventive idea. Combine a meeting with exercise, for example to arrive at holding a meeting where people stand. Combine a presentation with curiosity and have attendees ask questions of the presenter rather than the presenter doing a ‘show-and-tell’ to start off. Combine WCIW with lunch and together with your colleagues hold a conversation about what it might be like to have a creative workplace… and what you might do to support it. Join the World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 movement. Submit your creative act for WCIW 2015 here.
Creativity is not just artistic expression, but it is the ability to bring something new into being – be it an idea, a solution, an activity, an object, a perspective, or a representation of something. Creativity is part of everyone, not just “geniuses,” and we don’t have to be born with any inherent qualities or raised in special circumstances to be creative. Every person is endowed with the spirit of creativity in many forms of expression, such as art, science, politics, hobbies, relationships, advocacy and community involvement. Our individual potential for creativity is enhanced by qualities such as self-motivation, resourcefulness, independence, curiosity, sense of challenge, and desire to seek something new and different. None of these are set in stone for any individual. Our personality, life experience, and circumstances surrounding us can activate these potentials in all of us. Each of us, because of our unique inner resources and external influences, has the capacity for unique creative discovery. Anyone can benefit from exercising “creative muscles.” For example, creativity: • Strengthens our mood and morale • Contributes to physical health • Enriches relationships We use personal creativity every day: Perhaps it is planning a new garden, generating possible solutions to a community issue, making up a new recipe, figuring out a new way to knit an item, or coming up with a new way to teach your grandson to tie his shoe. The possibilities are endless. Make a note to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 by engaging in one new idea, making one new decision, and/or taking one new action that will make your place in the world better and make the world a better a place. (text adapted from http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/morton-grove/community/chi-ugc-article-creativity-and-aging-tap-into-your-potential-3-2015-03-23-story.html) by Mary Staackmann
Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide