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What are Your Five Words? Word Dance Inspiration – Clues for People and Organizations Wanting to Celebrate WCIW 2015

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?

Want to try Brainswarming for WCIW April 15 – 21?

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 (tony@innovationaccelerator.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.

Enable Creativity with These Qualities for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21

Here’s a list of qualities from which to select an area to explore, experiment with, and expand…

  • Abstraction: Abstract concepts from ideas
  • Connection: Connect things that don’t initially appear connected
  • Perspective: Shift perspective of a situation in terms of time, space and other people’s point of view
  • Curiosity: Seek to change or improve things that everyone else accepts as the norm
  • Boldness: Push boundaries beyond accepted conventions
  • Paradox: Accept and work with statements that are contradictory
  • Complexity: Carry large quantities of information and mix and match the relationship among that information
  • Persistence: Force yourself to derive more and stronger solutions even when good ones have already been generated.

Source: Trying the CREAX Questionnaire, Jeannette Annegren, EIRMA Learning Group Managing (?) Creativity, 26-27 April 2007, Summary Proceedings page 10.  Note: The document this links to has a great creative thinking tools section beginning on page 11 and continuing throughout the doc.

Design Like Leonardo da Vinci during #WCIW (World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21)

Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday marks the beginning of World Creativity and Innovation Week each year – April 15 – 21.

Here’s a SXSW slide presentation by Brian Sullivan that has lots of fodder to enhance your own creative process and those of others.

Remember to post your event in our WCIW facebook group and WCIW facebook page.  We’ll be making the transition to the page eventually – feel free to like it to help the process.

Buhler Group Launched Global Innovation Challenge WCIW 2012

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.

Creative and Philanthropic Team Building Activities: Ones that Give Back

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

Source: Jonathan Calugi. www.happyloverston.eu

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.

Combining a team building program with a philanthropic activity is a win-win for everyone, functionally, spiritually and mentally.

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?

Related Articles

Insights into Your Creativity – Life in a Day

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.

Your Creativity

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

  1. 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’.
  2. 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…