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Look for Invisible Potential

Individual and collective creativity are the motors of innovation.
To prepare for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21, 2016

  • Look at how creative your people can be and what the conditions are to make them creative.
  • See your situation and resources with new eyes, transcend away confrontational style of communication to an inclusive one. (For example, replace the phrase ‘yes, but’, with ‘yes, and’)
  • Focus on the creative potential of the people involved.
  • Keep in mind: Seeing creative potential doesn’t necessarily mean being able to work with it.  That’s another skill set. To be covered later on.

(adapted from Citizen-Driven Innovation Guidebook issued by the World Bank)

WCIW: a global time to shift creative energy on every level

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
  • organizationally
  • inter-organizationally
  • culturally

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 Course (MOOC) starts Monday

Here’s a great way to get inspired for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 to 21. Engage in Buffalo State’s free online creativity course.

It’s a great way to learn/relearn about the discipline of creative studies and apply your insights to a meaningful project. Make sure to come back after the program to enter your creative/innovative act for WCIW 2015 April 15-21.

Amazing program. Tell family and friends. Valuable. Free. Get ready for WCIW 2015.


Five-Minute Film Festival: Genius Hour

Imagine if you were allowed to use a whole workday every week to explore any project you wanted. With no restrictions on your time or what you could do, think of the ideas you could come up with and the things you could learn about!


Genius hour. Brilliant! What a great practice to start during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 to 21!

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The Hard Work of Invention

Walter Isaacson, the author of definitive biographies of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein, finds that brilliant ideas invariably have a history, and tha15102_thumb2_220x244t brilliant innovators are people who know how to build on the work of others to turn ideas into reality. As he puts it, “Only in storybooks do inventions come like a thunderbolt.” The Innovators repeatedly shows that coming up with breakthrough ideas is the easy part of innovation. The hard part? Turning those ideas into advances that are practical to implement—practical not only technically, but also commercially. Doing so, Isaacson emphasizes, requires not just an idea, but an ecosystem.









Creativity and the Ordinary

Consider housekeeping your launchpad to happiness. Clearing away what no longer sparks joy (thanks, Marie Kondo), creating space for what you envision, and anticipating beauty — that’s what opens you up to the heavens. Let the good rush in and throu…


Ideas for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21? Engage by making the ordinary extraordinary, as in this article… for example

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Maslow's Creative Attitude: For Facilitators, Leaders and Catalysts

Use psychologist Abraham Maslow’s inspiration to bolster your leadership and facilitation as WCIW 2015 catalyst. Other leaders may also find this wisdom helpful when  looking for ways to embed the creative attitude in day-to-day life.

The  Creative Attitude ( in Abraham Maslow, The Further Reaches of Human Nature, 1971, p 57 – 71).  Book review here (recommended reading, especially the small section on Work and Creativity).

  • Being in the present: Giving up the past; giving up the future
  • Innocence: Giving up should’s and ought’s
  • Narrowing  Consciousness: Releasing fear of other people, drop masks, express true inner self
  • Loss of Ego or Self Consciousness: Less criticizing and editing; less selecting and rejecting; less judging and weighing; less splitting and analyzing of the experience.
  • Inhibiting Force of Consciousness (of Self): Release doubts, conflicts and fears
  • Fears Disappear
  • Lessening of Defenses and Inhibitions: Become less guarded, act on impulse
  • Strength and Courage: Stubbornness, Independence of thought and action, self-sufficiency, strength of character; Popularity is a minor concern
  • Acceptance: The positive attitude: Give up criticism (editing, picking and choosing, correcting, skepticism, improving, doubting, rejecting, judging, evaluating)
  • Trust vs. Trying, Controlling, Striving: Trust in self, Self confidence, courage, lack of fear of the world
  • Receptivity: Let it happen
  • Permission to Dip into Primary Process: Poetic, metaphoric, mystic, primitive, archaic, childlike
  • Aesthetic Perceiving Rather than Abstracting: Savor, enjoy, appreciate, care all in a non-controlling, non-intruding and non-interfering way
  • Fullest Spontaneity: Concentrate on the matter at hand; let capacities flow forth easily from within; adapt to the situation
  • Fullest Expressiveness (of Uniqueness): Honest expression, naturalness, truthfulness, lack of guile, non-imitativeness
  • Fusion of the Person with the World: As Hokusai said, “If you want to draw a bird, you must become a bird.”


Who is the WCIW 2015 go-to person in your organization?

Yes, that’s right.

Who is the person or who are the people/groups leading the charge of celebrating creativity and innovation at your location from April 15 -21,  2015?

Don’t you agree that it would be great to give people around you (virtually too) a creative-thinking ‘boost’ during the World Creativity and Innovation Week celebrations?

Findings from a global 2012 survey conducted by Adobe, State of Creativity Study,  (pdf here) support doing just that.  Their global survey unveiled that

  • Unlocking creative potential is seen as key to economic and social growth
  • Globally, less than 1 in 4 people (of the 5000  surveyed) feel they are living up to their creative potential
  • There is increasing pressure to be productive rather than creative at work

So here’s your opportunity to buck the trend for only one week every year:  to celebrate the talents your people, customers, and/or suppliers have to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions that make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too. WCIW April 15 – 21 is a time to explore your creativity, and help others do the same.  It’s great when there’s some unbridled joy in the mix too.

So whoever your WCIW rep is your organization, make sure they subscribe to this blog for support and ideas.  They can join our  groups – World Creativity and Innovation Week Global (on Facebook) and World Creativity (on LinkedIn) – for updates and other connections.

Appoint someone today to be your go-to person for WCIW 2015 and give them the opportunity to create something wonderful and meaningful for your culture and organization.

BTW, What do you think about our hosting a world teleconference the week after WCIW 2015 to compare notes among organizational reps?