Happy to share this video with you – it’s the 15-minute Ted-like speech I gave in Buffalo this past fall at the Creativity Expert Exchange in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the International Center for Studies in Creativity, my alma mater.
The founding of WCID is shared, as is the tale of how the day became a United Nations Day of Observance and why that is important. Spoiler alert: it’s centered on using creativity in problem-solving especially with regard to meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Imagine applying creative thinking and creative evaluation to assess and address the challenges – to find solutions that work.
Now scroll further for information on the Global Goals Interconnectedness and see what you can do to help meet any of the goals by reviewing the Global Goals List that follows.
The Global Goals are Interconnected
The goals’ interconnectedness and influences are spelled out in a paper Water, Peace and Global Security: Canada’s Place in a Changing World, delivered by R.W. Sandford, EPCOR Chair, Water and Climate Security, United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment & Health at the University of Victoria, British Columbia Jan 23, 2018.
“All 17 of the UN’s 2030 Transforming Our World global sustainable development goals can be achieved by realizing the link between water security, climate stability and human and planetary health. Water security means clean water and sanitation for all. It also means managing water on a basin scale which means protecting aquatic ecosystems which improve life on land and life below water which leads to improvements in agriculture which will help end hunger; which also helps to end poverty.
Managing water in a manner that will help end hunger and poverty, however, cannot be achieved without industry innovation and infrastructure; but innovation and infrastructure development cannot come into existence without quality education which demands gender equity which in itself leads to reduced inequality. Quality education, gender equity, and reduced inequality lead to economic growth. It is only through economic stability that we will be able to make a smooth transition to affordable and clean energy for all which is a critical step toward climate action. Climate action will help restore planetary health thereby contributing to better physical and mental health and well-being for all.
Improved human health and well-being allows an ever more crowded world to react more proactively and be more resilient to growing public health threats like epidemic outbreaks which, in tandem with climate action will reduce the specter of large-scale forced human migration. This, in itself, will lead to peace and justice and strong institutions. Such institutions are necessary to guide humanity toward responsible production and consumption. It is only through strong institutions, responsible production and consumption, clean water, sanitation and climate action can we have sustainable cities and communities.
Making and acting upon the link between water security, climate stability and human and planetary health will demand the creation of the new kinds of partnerships that are necessary if we are to achieve all 17 of these global goals simultaneously. The building of such partnerships will build trust which will contribute to state and military security globally.”
*Global Goals List
1. No Poverty
This goal, which seeks to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. The UN defines extreme poverty as living on less than $1.50 a day. Perhaps most importantly, this goal includes measures to protect those who have had to leave their homes and countries as a result of conflict.
2. No Hunger The UN seeks to both improve the access that the world’s poorest have to food, and the ways in which that food is produced.
3. Good Health and Well-being This goal focuses on continuing to reduce child mortality, the health of mothers, and combating other diseases.
4. Quality Education Improving worldwide access to education is a top priority. It calls for free education through high school, rather than limiting it to primary school only.
5. Gender Equality This goal advocates for the elimination of violence and discrimination against women. It also calls on countries to improve women’s social and economic standing.
6. Clean Water and Sanitation The UN reports that by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. This goal aims to improve sanitation and hygiene practices, including access to fresh water, in developing nations by 2030.
7. Affordable and Clean Energy This goal seeks to broaden both the development and use of renewable energies by 2030, the next deadline date for achieving these goals.
8. Decent Work and Economic Growth The UN is interested in both the creation of new jobs, and the development of those jobs that are sustainable enough to lift employees out of poverty. According to UN estimates, “roughly 470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labor market between 2016 and 2030.”
9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure This goal focuses primarily on the building of roads, rail systems, and telecommunications networks in the developing world.
10. Reduce Inequalities This goal aims at reducing the inequalities in income distribution among the most marginalized populations in the world, both within developed and developing nations. The UN estimates that “a significant majority of households in developing countries – more than 75 percent of the population – are living today in societies where income is more unequally distributed than it was in the 1990s.”
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities With urban populations on the rise over the past decade, the world is on a hunt for ways to house, feed, and employ that burgeoning population. This goal seeks to tackle that problem by reducing the number of people who live in slums by 2030. It also aims to reduce the pollution output coming from those urban centers.
12. Responsible Consumption and Production This goal, a continuation of Goal 6, seeks to improve the access that people in developing countries have to food and clean water, while at the same time improving how food is produced on a global scale. It also aims to address the global obesity crisis.
13. Climate Action The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals looks at quickly and efficiently reducing greenhouse-gas emissions in both developed and developing nations.
14. “Life Below Water” The UN is interested in sustainable fishing practices and protecting marine life. They estimate that nearly “40 percent of the world oceans are heavily affected by human activities, including pollution, depleted fisheries, and loss of coastal habitats.”
15. Life on Land The UN is also interested in protecting creatures on land, with an emphasis on reducing deforestation and desertification.
16. “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions” A goal that envisions fair and free elections, as well as governmental accountability at every level. The UN estimates that “corruption, bribery, theft, and tax evasion cost some US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year.”
17. Partnerships For the Goals In keeping with practices established with the 2000 Millennium Development Goals, the UN continues to envision a global framework of support to make sure that its goals are realized. Adapted from: https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/0926/UN-s-17-global-goals-What-s-on-the-list See what you can do. Release human potential for a purpose.
The title of this post reminded me of the phrase, ‘the elephant in the room”*. I have thought of the role of technology in creativity and innovation of late, and how we may be pulled away from an essence of creating because of the draw to and structures of technology. Do technology and our view of it inhibit our creativeness? On the eve of World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 I thought this may provide an interesting thought piece to share. I contacted the author, Arupa Tesolin, and was granted permission to repost her blog. Minor wording changes appear in (brackets). The bolding is mine. Arupa’s full original post can be read at https://intuita.com/ape-innovation-room/ What are your thoughts? The Ape in the Innovation Room
The Ape in the Innovation Room https://intuita.com/ape-innovation-room/
Every day … another technology, AI, robotic or virtual reality topic … makes the news. All seem to be products of an extremist polarized cultural perspective that views technology as the hallowed impact of our time. Technology has become the dominant alpha.
The way we think, imagine, create and see the world has become partial, limited, incremental and commoditized. Many of the above technologies fit, fixate, extend or elucidate that worldview …
…The fundamental problem is that we have not organically changed the way we think, feel and view the world.
Our mass cognition is … surface oriented, … material. Nearly everything we create arises from a lean or critical thinking view of profitability, sustainability, and meaningfulness. We … have machined and refined (our) hunter-gathering (behaviour) to (become) technological agriculture without consideration for environmental or species consciousness.
What’s missing from this view is access to a deeper (layer) of human experience, one that extends our deep cognition to the level where we can perceive different possibilities. This is where (profound) more viable paradigms have their birth.
Certainly, our geniuses, Einstein, Tesla, others, have gone there.
Shallow consumption and shallow thinking are non-sustainable and ultimately self-exterminating.
There is a level of mass-produced conversation and economic speculation about deep cognition in machine learning and artificial intelligence that seems to want to choke off alternatives. The prevailing view is that no infobit should remain unturned and insights into every literal data crevice are gathered. Presumptions about their significance will be made primarily by machines. And privacy be damned by the way.
But my sense is that we’ve stopped short of looking into the mirror at our own cohesive shallowness….
We are the ape in the innovation room.
Even in innovation itself. I observe often that … organizations have a tendency … to be continually breathing out, managing processes or developing outputs. There seems to (be)… no breathing in, reflection, enjoyment or pleasure; a hapless result of our speedy time. Consequently, innovation is more like forced construction than creation. Unfortunately, I see that as a road to depletion.
What is deep cognition? It is the state of cohesive mind/heart entrainment in human experience — a wholeness state. Mindfulness is (an) entry gate to being present. Beyond presence is a deeper kind of awareness, a wholeness experience where our state of existence is more complete and has more space for creative experience and for each other.
Embarking on our own deep cognition will forever change us and the future. Intuition, imagination, and vision become more visible and frequent in this state. (Deep cognition) … enable(s) us to perceive and inform ourselves with new ideas that are … whole and … centered on quality of our lives and future, rather than (focused on the) quantity of our lives and future, as is the current predominant root theme. ( With deep cognition) our solutions, products, devices, and UX will be radically different (than what they are today).
…Divisions between them/us, gender, race, and culture (will also change with deep cognition). … We are one team, one family, one humanity. And we have not dared enough of ourselves to (alter) the limited critical thinking view that is the hallmark of our age and the result of our (current) education system.
Dare we? This is (a) disruption that festers … right in the face of our technology-vanity.
What do you think? What can we do to change this?
*The Elephant in the room is an English language idiom that refers to an obvious problem or risk that no one wants to discuss or a condition of groupthink that no one wants to challenge. (Wikipedia)
Arupa Tesolin is the founder of Intuita, author of Ting! & creator of Intuition MindWare. She is a speaker, deep innovation trainer & consultant helping people in intelligent organizations transform from within. Reach out to her using the contact form on this site.
The formula is based on identifying things that customers need, how adequate the current solution is, how often the customer has this need, and how important this need is. To quantify your opportunity, ask yourself the below three questions:
1. (Importance) On a scale of 1-5, where 5 is very important and 1 is not at all important, how important is it to the customer that this need gets met?
2. (Frequency) On a scale of 1-5, where 5 is frequently and 1 is infrequently, how often does the customer have this need?
3. (Frustration) On a scale of 1-5, where 5 is very frustrated and 1 is not at all frustrated, how frustrated is the customer with the current solutions that are available to address this need?
Now that you have these three scores, plug them into the below formula:
(importance + frequency) x frustration = size of opportunity
You can either plug in the numbers based on your gut feel or you can be a bit more scientific about it and survey a large number of customers asking them the above three questions. After applying this formula to a selection of potential opportunities you could solve, it will become obvious where you should focusing our time.
Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:
Thanks to inventium for this and other insightful blog posts on innovation.