Category Archives: Inspiration

Planting seeds for WCIW2017; 6 questions and a game

Some people ask for advice on what to do for their World Creativity and Innovation Week 2017 (April 15-21 every year).
“Hm.  I’m not sure.” I often reply. Then I ask questions like these.

  • What might you do?
  • What opportunities present themselves?
  • What pet peeves would you like to solve?
  • What would you like to experiment with for yourself, your family, your team, your organization, your community that you can use WCIW as an excuse for?
  • What’s something different from your day to day routine can you inject during that week?
  • What’s something you’ve always wanted to do and haven’t had the chance to get around to doing yet?

If you are not already a @worldcreativity follower, I suggest you become one; different reminders and prompts for celebrating WCIW2017 are offered everyday.
Creative energy abounds. We each have a storehouse of creativity and WCIW is a week to let it loose, let it go for a run, so to speak. To nurture it, welcome it, in yourself and others.
Here’s a game that was made up to help you stir your thinking.  Using the letters W C I W, create as many different four-word sentences for what you might do, or others, for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, this year.  #wciwgame to share.  Others are already there. First word starts with W, second with C, third with I, fourth with W.  See what you can come up with.
 
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Creativity is energy – what if…

What if creativity had nothing to do with thinking at all?
What if creativity is an energy that everyone has and uses to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions.

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source: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/jens-English-tips-using-the-word-if.html

What if the energy is blocked, that people do some things that stop it from flowing.
Learning skills associated with releasing creativity means learning ways to enable its energy to flow.
What if during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 every year people all over the world felt welcome to let the energy of their natural creativity flow… blocks removed, doors opened, awareness gained, partnerships strengthened; we are, after all, sharing this planet together.
What if we collectively used our creativity to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too – by seeing with new pairs of eyes, imagining new ideas, exploring  new decisions, risking new actions
Creativity includes an ability to make associations that aren’t immediately obvious. Let’s give it a chance.
Sign on to World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.
Commit to participate, spread the spark, use imagination to make this world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.
Show your commitment in comments and tweets…
Wouldn’t it be great to see this grow?  #wciw2017 #wcid
 
 
 

Essence of World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21


Original / Short from Vucko on Vimeo.
Creativity is natural. Allow it.
Give creativity time and space. Freedom.
Give it practice.
Creativity means change. Notice what needs changing.
What can you do about it?
Creativity is not about setting standards for comparison;
it is a doorway for
expression,
exploration,
discovery,
curiosity,
focus,
movement,
stillness,
play.
New ideas, new decisions, new actions. New pair of eyes.
Creativity takes courage to separate, if only for a moment, into a world of imagination, and remix, combine, and/or elevate old ideas to new perspectives, new times, new futures.
Practice, learn, experience and grow from
frustration,
confusion,
curiosity,
clarity,
joy,
laughter,
breakthrough,
insight,
aha.
Creativity is natural. Allow it time and space. Freedom.
Keep fresh your capacity to create and innovate.
Celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week.
April 15-21 every year.
Notice what needs changing.
What can you do about it?
List your activity for #WCIW2017.
Inspire the world.

Seven Misconceptions About Creativity and How to Harness It

Remember to stay true to your own creative energy, methods, and approach.
Forget comments others make about your way to do things, such as

  1. You are too original
  2. You are too alone
  3. You are too distracted
  4. You are too focused
  5. You are too in love (with your idea)
  6. You are too perfect
  7. You are too aimless

There’s a way to hack these. Take a look at this source article.
Joseph-Campbell
To quote Joseph Campbell, an America mythologist and scholar “follow your bliss.”  Campbell’s work influenced George Lucas’ (Star Wars) filmmaking.
Adding my own sentiment to Campbell’s philosophy – follow your bliss, and not someone else’s.
Other Campbell quotes:
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
More can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/20105.Joseph_Campbell


 
 
 

Five lessons Walt Disney and Steve Jobs can teach us about innovation | ZDNet

There are startling parallels in the lives of Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. Their dedication to product quality and innovation transformed industries.
Lessons:

  • Don’t give up
  • Finding the right creative partner can be a force multiplier
  • Betting on new technologies ahead of the curve can be a strong differentiator
  • Perfectionism, if you can survive it, can create deep customer loyalty
  • Mashing up disciplines is new ways can transform industries

Read the blog post – First, you get to see Disney’s breakthrough Steamboat Willie animation and you’ll be exposed to good stories and examples to leverage as inspiration for your new WCIW – in 2017 and beyond.
Source: Five lessons Walt Disney and Steve Jobs can teach us about innovation | ZDNet

7 Ways Leaders Can Celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week

In our busy world, it can be challenging to make time to advance your innovation agenda and cultivate the creativity in the people around you. The development of new thinking, new ideas, and new actions often winds up on the back burner. So why not leverage World Creativity and Innovation Week (April 15-21) to gain momentum on perplexing problems or seeking opportunities?

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.banffcentre.ca
Welcome to World Creativity and Innovation Week Apri l 15-21.  Shout out to the Banff Centre, Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute for posting this article. Wishing you inspired and inspiring connections this week and beyond.

Creative Academic's Contributions to #WCIW

World Creativity and Innovation Week  starts tomorrow. It sets out to encourage people and organisations to use their creativity to make the world a better and more interesting place.
WCIW draws attention to society’s fundamental need for new ideas, new decisions and new actions and the fundamental right of human beings to have freedom to express their fundamental urge to  create.
So the question for higher education is, ‘what are we doing to support this value that should underpin the education we provide?’
posterCreative Academic’s contribution has been to devote an issue of our magazine to exploring the idea of ‘Creativity in Development, Achievement & Innovation’. While innovation is the buzz word of political and business leaders, development is the unsung hero as it embodies all the effort and ingenuity that connects our ideas with our innovations and achievements. The magazine is free to download at  http://www.creativeacademic.uk/magazine.html
To raise awareness of the importance of students’ creative development Creative Academic is hosting a week long social learning event beginning on April 17th on the #creativeHE Google+ platform which we are calling ‘Imagineering in Higher Education’. All you need is a bit of imagination to join in and it would be great if you could participate in the conversation and share your own experiences and perspectives. To join the community discussion please click on this link. https://plus.google.com/communities/110898703741307769041
Creative Academic is a social enterprise whose purpose is to encourage higher education to value students’ creative development as much as their academic development.
http://www.creativeacademic.uk/
Post submitted by Norman Jackson, Creative Academic, April 14, 2016.

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/