A favourite technique for idea generating is to make connections and gather insights through reviewing word lists. I call it a Word Dance. You can use this technique to generate ideas for your April 15 – 21 WCIW 2015 celebration.
Years ago, I did a Word Dance on create, creator, creativity, creative, problem, solving and creation using the Oxford Thesaurus. Here’s the list for your use. It would be great to know your 5 words and how they combine to create your WCIW 2015 seed of celebration.
How to use these lists: Scan through and stay open to be energized by a few words. Select a few, maybe 5 from the entire collection. Then combine those words to create the way or ways you might celebrate WCIW 2015.
Note: Transcribing this list for you was a fascinating experience. Insights bubbled up.
Insight 1:The ask for WCIW 2015 and beyond. To create a way to celebrate creativity and innovation. Read through the CREATE word-list to get inside what that might mean for you. Autonomy rocks! Make sure to share your insights too. I think this is a great exercise.
Insight 2:The importance of clarity because each word – create, creator, creative, problem, solving and creation – has so many different meanings and associations.
CREATE begin breed beget bring bring into being cause coin compose conceive construct contrive design develop devise draw dream up effect engender erect establish fabricate fashion father forge form found frame generate get imagine induce initiate invent lead make manufacture mastermind occasion organize originate output pioneer raise rear render script sire spawn start think think up tum weave work write
CREATOR architect author cause Deity designer father founder framer God initiator inventor lord maker mastermind originator prime mover producer source stock Supreme being
CREATIVITY fancy fantasy imagination ingenuity originality
CREATIVE artistic brilliant clever imaginative ingenious new novel original originative productive prolific resourceful revolutionary seminal slick vivid
PROBLEM business can of worms catch challenge complication concern conundrum delinquent difficult/difficulty dilemma disturbed drawback embarrassment emotional upset enigma kettle of fish fly handful headache hitch hornet’s nest imbroglio incorrigible intractable issue job lookout maladjusted matter mess mind-boggler muddle obstreperous paradox perplexity pickle poser predicament pressure pretty pickle puzzle puzzler quandary question refractory reverse riddle rub snag snarl static stew tough nut to crack trouble uncontrollable ungovernable unmanageable unruly worry
SOLVING answering clarifying clearing up cracking deciphering elucidating explaining explicating figuring figuring out interpreting making clear making plain puzzling resolving revealing satisfying sorting tackling unraveling working
CREATION beginning birth formation genesis inception making origin start
What are your five words? What ideas come to mind for ways to celebrate WCIW 2015?
Here’s a different technique to use in place of brainstorming during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 -21, you know, for the people who say they are already creative….
Brainswarming was developed by Tony McCaffrey (email@example.com) who researches and develops innovation tools at Innovation Accelerator, Inc. Brainswarming is the latest tool to emerge from his research and will soon become an online platform for remote group work. A game version of Brainswarming is also available. Follow him @DrTonyMcCaffrey. His HBR Brainswarming post can be read here.
Note: In his article McCaffrey says Brainstorming doesn’t work and that there’s no research to support it. Dr. John Cabra from the International Center for Studies in Creativity disproves that by offering these two brainstorming research sources:
Isaksen, S. G., & Gaulin, J. P. (2005). A reexamination of brainstorming research: Implications for research and practice. Gifted Child Quarterly, 49(4), 315-329.
Firestien, R. L., & McCowan, R. (1988). Creative problem solving and communication behavior in small groups. Creativity Research Journal, 1, 106–114.
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.
Wondering what you might do for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 in 2011 and beyond? Here’s a great idea from Team Builders Plus.
Philanthropic Team Building…Give & Get Even More Back in Return by Andy Kraus
Despite what is going on with our current economic situation, most corporate groups understand the value of taking part in a team building activity. Goals of the team building activity have gone beyond showing appreciation, boosting morale and improving employee relationships. Many teams are utilizing the time dedicated to a team building activity as an opportunity to make a positive impact on their community.
Wheels for the World is a popular team building activity where the participants build bicycles and take part in challenges to earn the bicycle parts. The bikes are then donated to kids from United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys & Girls Club, to name a few, and for many of the kids, its their first bike.
There is a new outdoor philanthropic team building activity called Kindness Wins. This is no ordinary treasure hunt. Instead of searching for hidden clues or caches, teams are let loose to make a positive difference. No good deed is too small and no act of kindness goes unnoticed. Teams earn Good Karma points by holding a door open for a stranger, returning something, such as a shopping cart, to its proper place, or by using a Post-it note to make someone’s day.
There are many more acts of kindness that your team will take part in and participants will also have the opportunity to create their own symbol of generosity and giving that will serve as a reminder back at work of what they experienced on this special day.
Andy Kraus, is the Director of Team Development at Team Builders Plus, in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Other Philanthropic Team Building Ideas and Suppliers
Team Bonding offers a number of philanthropic team building activities that ‘do good’ for the team and the community. A great list to get the gist of this growing approach to building teams.
Team Buzz offers The Rookie. The main objective of this activity is for teams to grow a small investment into a big pile of money. They will do this through a range of tasks they are required to perform such as busking, creating artwork to be sold, shoe shining, and a lot more money making opportunities for the public. In the end, the money earned by teams can be donated to a charity of your own choice.
TeamBuilding Unlimited calls their philanthropic team building activities Charity Challenge. Have Your Cake and Eat it Too capitalizes on team creativity and sweet tooth and community service. Teams are challenged to design and decorate cakes to reflect their team, their company and more that will be donated to local hospitals, schools and children’s centers. TBU provides the sheet cakes, decorations and icing that teams use to create a visual and tasty masterpiece.
World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21
If you could invent a brand new charity challenge or philanthropic team building activity for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 what would it be? Ready to start creating one? What if you did?
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.
Get your cameras ready…
Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide