Creativity does not start at 9 am and end at 6 pm – it is an ongoing process that we have to train ourselves to have for a lifetime, and once you are in it – you win it! If you are lucky enough to work in an environment that nurtures creativity and allows you the chance to think creatively and be creative day in and day out- consider yourself lucky!
Wouldn’t it be great to create an environment in which people feel free to be creative (new ideas, new decisions, and/or new actions to birth new futures) everyday? Why not give it a try or pilot during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 to 21 ? You’ve got nothing to lose.
We are certain that creativity is key to unlocking the mysteries of data and making it more tangible. A group of artists, technologists, designers and data experts were brought together to rethink, experiment and prototype solutions using environmental data gathered by our tools. Together, we’ve been exploring how to communicate the stories that environmental data has to tell us and influence meaningful change. Julie’s Bicycle has the world’s largest set of environmental data tools associated with the cultural sector via their Creative Industry Green carbon calculator tools
So for 2015, our collective goal as educators should be striving to innovate our projects, activities, and curriculum such that we empower our students to develop into creative, insightful, successful learners who are prepared to become leaders in their desired future.
John Kao, author of Innovation Nation, says, “To me, innovation is the set of capabilities that allow for the continuous realization of a desired future.”
According to Oxford Dictionaries, innovate means “to make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.”
Scott Berkun’s (author of What Innovation Means) definition: “Innovation is significant positive change.” “It’s not the results that are necessarily innovative, but the way the group goes about doing its work.”
How might you leverage any of these to create an experience for WCIW this year?
Thanks all for joining and celebrating your creativity during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2013. There were countless events, conversations, activities, and moments of reflection that helped lift the world away from where the past may have led toward a new, more desirable future.
World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 is one week in the year for everyone, at the same time, 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 their place in the world better too. What you do during this time counts in your life and the lives of others.
We know many people, groups, organizations, schools, associations from every habitable continent were involved this year and invite you to read this website, our Facebook group, our facebook page, #wciw on twitter, to catch a glimpse of what people are reporting. Feel free to add your event, activity and wishes, so you may provide an example for others in years to come.
We’ve learned a lot this year, about how WCIW continues to inspire new thinking and new action for everyone involved. It’s a special week every year that invites creative and innovative participation. It defies tradition because it is about what you do, not what others are about.
This post is call to everything there is a season, for a reason…
Do you know the Byrds’ Turn, Turn, Turn song from the 1960’s? It’s lyrics come from centuries ago, wisdom about balance of action and focus.
Words-adapted from The Bible, book of Ecclesiastes Music-Pete Seeger
To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn) There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn) And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
A time to be born, a time to die A time to plant, a time to reap A time to kill, a time to heal A time to laugh, a time to weep
A time to build up,a time to break down A time to dance, a time to mourn A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together
A time of love, a time of hate A time of war, a time of peace A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing
A time to gain, a time to lose A time to rend, a time to sew A time for love, a time for hate A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late
Please enjoy the rest of your year, ride with the creativity and innovation tide, have confidence in your capacity to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions that matter.
Since its first celebrations in 2002, WCIW keeps growing. I hope you’ll help grow it further through your thoughts and actions so that we may with focused energy, collectively, collaboratively and creatively connect to lift the planet in meaningful, vital, responsible, knowledgeable ways.
We’ll need volunteers to keep the momentum going and will be keeping in touch through our Facebook group and page. Make sure you are included in either or both to learn of developments.
Thanks so much for making this one as great as it is/was, looking forward to our World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 2014.
Best wishes for the year to come. Thanks again. For all you do.
Marci Segal, WCIW founder
fyi, this year for WCIW I did three new things: Presented at PechaKuchaToronto on WCIW, attended the opening of an art show of never seen creations, and made a new slow cooker recipe. What new things or ideas were part of your WCIW this year?
P.S. Zulu Alpha Kilo developed the new WCIW logo by instigation of Linda Salna, Toronto WCIW team captain.
Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide