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World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 celebrates the unlimited potential of people 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 your place in the world better too.
Enjoy your right to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.
Bühler is a specialist and technology partner for plant and equipment and related services for processing basic foods and manufacturing highgrade materials. The Group is a global market leader in the supply of flour production plants, pasta and chocolate production lines, animal feed manufacturing installations, and aluminum die casting systems.
Last year during WCIW the company launched a global innovation challenge and provided this video outlining how to make a pitch for a new idea. Watch it for key pointers, it’s very well done.
I’ve learned something recently which is likely not news to you. When respected economists talk, people pay attention. Now that they are talking about Human Potential, there’s a chance the people factor will count in high level decision making.
Happiness economics speaks to human potential. It emerged in the early 1970s’ when economist Richard Easterlin revisited the importance of happiness in society, thereby influencing economists and those who seek their counsel to use new ideas and make new decisions to create exciting new futures. (World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 fits in this agenda. It’s purpose, since 2001, is to encourage and engage people in using their creativity – new ideas and new decisions – to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too, without causing harm.)
What is Happiness Economics?
From a paper, The Economics of Happiness by Carol Graham, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution
“The economics of happiness is an approach to assessing welfare which combines the techniques typically used by economists with those more commonly used by psychologists.
While psychologists have long used surveys of reported well-being to study happiness, economists only recently ventured into this arena. Early economists and philosophers, ranging from Aristotle to Bentham, Mill, and Smith, incorporated the pursuit of happiness in their work. Yet, as economics grew more rigorous and quantitative, more parsimonious definitions of welfare took hold. Utility was taken to depend only on income as mediated by individual choices or preferences within a rational individual’s monetary budget constraint.”
Given the massive changes in global demography—billions of people are being lifted out of poverty—the demand for a well-trained workforce has never been greater. Combine that with the pace of scientific innovation, which is providing new insights into the workings of the human brain and advancing neuroscience and genomics at a staggering pace—and dramatically increasing life expectancies around the world.
Today, humankind is on track to advance mentally, physically and economically more than ever before. But there are still serious strategic challenges. Many governments around the world continue to violate human rights and civil liberties, job growth is stunted in many industries following a massive global economic crisis, the income gap around the world continues to widen, and there’s the problem of how to educate billions of new people in the coming decades—and manage their entry into the job market.
The nature of work is changing dramatically. The Millennial Generation has very different ideas than previous generations about what it means to have a job—demanding greater fluidity, more international travel, virtualization, and the need to perform jobs that improve humankind as much as earn profits. At the same time, companies also see the value in a team and project-oriented approach to management.
The days of corporate loyalty are long over; today people move around, ebb and flow. What does this mean for the future of the job market? What skills are necessary to survive and thrive in the ideas economy? And what are the perils to living in an environment where change is the only constant? The Economist will dig deep into the issue of human potential to uncover the challenges and opportunities ahead. Topics include
There’s a great opportunity to take part in a global creativity event and plant idea seeds for your World Creativity and Innovation Week celebrations April 15 – 21, happening in nine months. How serendipitous that this door is opening now, inviting you to use new ideas and make new decisions to give birth to an exciting new future, and ideas for WCIW.
Pay attention to your reactions to the announcement to participate in a global experiment to gain tremendous insights into your response to a creative proposition. If you say, no, that’s not for me, what does that mean? If you say yes, you can ask yourself what that’s about too. Are you more creative if you answer one way and not the other?
If you say no, consider what might happen if you say yes. There’s no cost involved to imagine alternative futures and to stay open to new ideas.
Life in a Day
Life In A Day is a global experiment to create a user-generated feature film: a documentary, shot in a single day, by you. On 24 July, you have 24 hours to capture a glimpse of your life on camera. The most compelling and distinctive footage will be edited into an experimental documentary film, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald.
If your video is included in the final film, you’ll be credited as a co-director and may be one of 20 contributors selected to attend the film’s world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
How this helps you to gain insight into yours and others’ creativity
Scroll through the comments made for these clips on YouTube. You’ll read negativity, doubt, apprehension, excitement, joy and curiosity, typical responses different people have to new ideas. Viewing them can prepare you for the reactions people might have for your paradigm ‘cracklings’.
Notice your own reaction to the invitation to take part. The emotions you feel and the thoughts you think will clue you in to how and why people respond to your ideas they way they do. Consider it.
There are great insights to be had about the nature of the human spirit in the face of change and opportunity, even when there is nothing to lose and something to gain from participating. Plus, there’s an added bonus of a potential payoff from others.
To help you start planning for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21, 2011, here’s a copy of the presentation Tom McMillian, Megan Mitchell and I made at the World Futures Conference in Boston on July 10 entitled World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21: Sustaining the Global Human Spirit.
We’d love to include your stories, photos, videos, web pages and logos in our upcoming presentations, so let us know what you’ve been up to and what you are planning. Help spread the word. Send your links, other info and questions to marci at creativityland.net.
Start talking up World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 at your work, school, club, community and get some plans together for something you can do a little differently, using new ideas, new decisions and a sprinkling of imagination to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too, without causing harm.
Off to the World Futures Conference in Boston for the next few days to learn and contribute to what’s happening in the future, this year’s theme: Sustainable Futures, Strategies and Technologies.
Sparked by the notion that the future really depends on the people who make it happen, we’re presenting two sessions to emphasize the importance of how people feel when they engaged in using new thinking to make new decisions. One is a pre-conference all day workshop, the other a concurrent conference session.
Making the Covert Overt: Strategies to Sustain the Creative Human Spirit in Futures Planning
During this pre-conference session Megan Mitchell and I will be making the case that affect or emotion, influences people’s involvement in futures planning workshops and will show a variety of techniques to show the effectiveness of using a framework developed by Chilean economist Manfred Max-Neef as a guide. The day long session provides:
Proven presentation and engagement techniques to foster improved futures thinking and foresight by honoring the human spirit
Strategies, tools and tips for unleashing new pathways to knowledge
World Creativity and Innovation Week: Sustaining the Global Human Spirit
This concurrent session provides insights into ways creativity can be actualized annually for the benefit of creating better futures. World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 (WCIW) began in Canada in 2001 and is celebrated in more than 43 countries. It’s grass roots, word-of-mouth, volunteer and it continues to grow.
Tom McMillian, Megan Mitchell and I present the rationale behind the celebration, its history and share examples of its positive influence citing examples from