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
Celebrating WCIW can be achieved on different levels; and each one is absolutely right.
This levels list provides you options from which to consider where you might contribute to a global shift in creative energy and expression during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21. All of them count. Whichever level you choose to engage in contributes to the world opening up for new potentials to emerge.
personally, on your own
interpersonally, with a small group or team or family or among friends
in a larger group, a class, department
For WCIW we understand creating as generating new ideas, making new decisions and/or taking new actions that make the world a better place and make your place in the world better too. What might you do? Do what you can, okay? I recently heard from a family in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada who decided to forgo watching television and using all other electronic media from 6:00 pm – 6:00 am for the WCIW April 5-21 week. What are your plans? Post them here for others to see.
Creativity does not start at 9 am and end at 6 pm – it is an ongoing process that we have to train ourselves to have for a lifetime, and once you are in it – you win it! If you are lucky enough to work in an environment that nurtures creativity and allows you the chance to think creatively and be creative day in and day out- consider yourself lucky!
Wouldn’t it be great to create an environment in which people feel free to be creative (new ideas, new decisions, and/or new actions to birth new futures) everyday? Why not give it a try or pilot during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 to 21 ? You’ve got nothing to lose.
Creativity and innovation are valid and engaging topics for almost all fields. From industry to marketing and education to health care, the ability to collaborate to create new futures has gained in importance. One way to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 with your family, friends, community, colleagues, clients, or customers is to generate new ideas, make new decisions and/or take new actions to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too. What can be done more simply? What might be amplified? Which two or three functions can be joined? What is your vision for a happier life? Fun topics for a WCIW coffee conversation, a lunchtime meal or family dinner, no? Know of others?
Just in time for planning your World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 celebrations… a few reminders of actions you can take, some small, some larger, to refresh your thinking to create new futures.
Strangely enough, this is the past someone in the future is longing to go back to. Ashleigh Brilliant.
All the more reason to explore your creativity, exercise your autonomy, and introduce fresh ideas, decisions and actions during (and before and after) World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21, 2015.
Given the opportunity… what might you do to create a future from which you can travel back to today to see the joy bearing seeds you’ve planted?
Greetings all. Remember to post a calendar reminder to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 this (and every) year.
Which new ideas, new decisions and/or new actions will you honor in 2014? How might you give attention to creativity and innovation April 15-21 World Creativity and Innovation a Week (WCIW)?
This year I’m thinking about ways to help people get over the hurdle of choosing how to celebrate WCIW. So many say they like the idea of WCIW and In the same breath ask, “what should we do?” This has been going on since the beginning in 2001.
So I’ve begun to ask “what’s that about? Why are people puzzled about how to celebrate our creative capacity for innovation?”
Do you have insights, theories, reasons, guesses, about why people ask how to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week?Please share your point of view. Somehow, together, I know we’ll find ways to overcome the hurdle so we can all honour our innate nature to make the world a better place and make our place in the world better too. New ideas, new decisions, new actions. Creativity is in you…use it…go!
News: we’re updating the website. Stay tuned.
Click to mark your calendars to celebrate WCIW April 15-21with me this year.
Thanks all for joining and celebrating your creativity during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2013. There were countless events, conversations, activities, and moments of reflection that helped lift the world away from where the past may have led toward a new, more desirable future.
World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 is one week in the year for everyone, at the same time, to be open to and generate new ideas, be open to and make new decisions and to be open to and take new actions that make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too. What you do during this time counts in your life and the lives of others.
We know many people, groups, organizations, schools, associations from every habitable continent were involved this year and invite you to read this website, our Facebook group, our facebook page, #wciw on twitter, to catch a glimpse of what people are reporting. Feel free to add your event, activity and wishes, so you may provide an example for others in years to come.
We’ve learned a lot this year, about how WCIW continues to inspire new thinking and new action for everyone involved. It’s a special week every year that invites creative and innovative participation. It defies tradition because it is about what you do, not what others are about.
This post is call to everything there is a season, for a reason…
Do you know the Byrds’ Turn, Turn, Turn song from the 1960’s? It’s lyrics come from centuries ago, wisdom about balance of action and focus.
Words-adapted from The Bible, book of Ecclesiastes Music-Pete Seeger
To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn) There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn) And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
A time to be born, a time to die A time to plant, a time to reap A time to kill, a time to heal A time to laugh, a time to weep
A time to build up,a time to break down A time to dance, a time to mourn A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together
A time of love, a time of hate A time of war, a time of peace A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing
A time to gain, a time to lose A time to rend, a time to sew A time for love, a time for hate A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late
Please enjoy the rest of your year, ride with the creativity and innovation tide, have confidence in your capacity to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions that matter.
Since its first celebrations in 2002, WCIW keeps growing. I hope you’ll help grow it further through your thoughts and actions so that we may with focused energy, collectively, collaboratively and creatively connect to lift the planet in meaningful, vital, responsible, knowledgeable ways.
We’ll need volunteers to keep the momentum going and will be keeping in touch through our Facebook group and page. Make sure you are included in either or both to learn of developments.
Thanks so much for making this one as great as it is/was, looking forward to our World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 2014.
Best wishes for the year to come. Thanks again. For all you do.
Marci Segal, WCIW founder
fyi, this year for WCIW I did three new things: Presented at PechaKuchaToronto on WCIW, attended the opening of an art show of never seen creations, and made a new slow cooker recipe. What new things or ideas were part of your WCIW this year?
P.S. Zulu Alpha Kilo developed the new WCIW logo by instigation of Linda Salna, Toronto WCIW team captain.
Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide