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What Mother’s Day Can Teach Us about WCID

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.

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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

This from Seth Godin

“If you want people to become passionate, engaged in a field, transformed by an experience — you don’t test them, you don’t lecture them and you don’t force them. Instead, you create an environment where willing, caring individuals can find an experience that changes them.

Quote from Seth Godin, “Will This Be on The Test?” on the quality of online education from 2016.  Bolding added.

Tip for WCID April 21.

Create a space in the world to create where there may not be one.

What sort of environment might you set up?
https://medium.com/swlh/will-this-be-on-the-test-237ae9cc53b4#.vxhetvxf7

Add your thoughts and ideas in the comment section.

Inventing Tool for Your World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21

People report feeling immediately stuck when faced with the opportunity to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21. They say they don’t know what to do.

Brock Davis
Brock Davis

Using this Inventing Tool might help.  If you know its source, please pass it along.  It would be good to give credit to its creator.
Ignite Your Thinking
Consider each of the six categories, allow your thoughts to flow to a place of ‘can-do’ to experience what emerges.
It’s helpful to have a device to record your impressions.
Ready?
CREATE:  something totally new, a new capacity, a new culture, a new team, a new activity, a new strategy, a new skill, a new paradigm, a new habit, a new friend
ENHANCE/DEVELOP:  your capacities, your team, your organization, your potential, your efficiencies, your effectiveness, your resource conservation, your sense of humour, your connections with others, your sense of self worth
DELETE:  something that already exists, make it disappear totally for you, your family, your team, your organization, your community, your school, your friends, your association
IMPLEMENT: something to make a sustainable change in your life, your work, your organization, your relationships, your well being, your skill base, your competency, your status, your peace of mind, your outlook on life
KEEP:  something that you value, is your core business, is your reason for being, brings you joy, brings satisfaction, eliminates suffering, gives you energy, educates others, connects people, brings you peace
REDUCE:  something that annoys or irritates you, interferes with your sense of fairness, takes time away from important things for you, your team, your school, your community, your family
Hope this helps!
 

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/