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What Mother’s Day Can Teach Us about WCID

Today, where I live, it is Mother’s Day*. I could not not make a relationship** between this day and World Creativity and Innovation Day, wondering, what can be learned and applied from Mother’s Day that would help in WCID celebrations.

Mothers perform an ulitimate creative act – they bring new life into the world.   We use Mother’s Day to celebrate and recognize the work Mothers perform everyday of the year.
On Mother’s Day, in Canada, stereotypically:
  • Mother is taken for a meal, or a meal is prepared for her.
  • She receives gifts, such as flowers, chocolates
  • The family gathers
  • Affection is shared
  • Mothers, as well as being honoured, honour their mothers
  • Those who are not mothers contribute to the celebrations
  • Mothers have an expectation of particular attention, kindness.
What if the same reverance was given to creativity and innovation during World Creativity and Innovation Day, and Week?
  • Our ability to create – generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes – is given an opportunity to rest, relax and feel pampered.
  • People exchange gifts to enhance creativity and innovation.
  • Groups of people, teams, families, communities, alumni, gather to share news of adventures, both successful and not, of using creativity in problem-solving.
  • People, organizations, and associations share congratulations, affirmations, and support.
  • Those who are creative and innovative every day honour others who are also creative and innovative.
  • People who believe they are not creative, participate in celebrations, help to create them.
  • We each expect kindness, individual attention.
    For example, each knows and has skills so new ideas have a soft place to land; everyone is ready to receive new thinking, not necessarily as complete, instead, as beginnings for further conversations.
Your thoughts?  What parallels and relationships do you make between Mother’s Day and World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21?

*Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates around the world (just as each person’s creativity style and expression is unique).

**Making relationships between two different topics is one of my go-to creative thinking techniques.

Happy Mothers Day to mothers  and other nurturers
Thank you


Happy World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2018

World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, is only one time in the year  during which you are invited to welcome and generate new ideas,  make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes that make the world a better place and make people’s place in the world better too.

Like newly planted seeds, your efforts to make a difference will require nurturing, attention, friendship, patience and eventually, pruning.


As the new creative year begins remember the impossible takes just a little bit longer and, you can use creativity in problem solving, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Continue to discuss, showcase and share your learnings and achievements throughout the year and to strengthen your creative thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial skills through learning, practice and application to help you  prepare for your next World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and Week, April 15-21, 2019

Let’s do our best to create the future we want – a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.

Happy 40th Anniversary to Why Man Creates. Creativity Principles Learned.

Leading up to the 90th Academy Awards Ceremony is a great time to honour the 1968 winner of the documentary short subject – Why Man Creates.

4BF6C08C-EEF5-41ED-AA9F-C2BE7A88FBF1We watched Why Man Creates every semester when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College; from September 1977 through to December 1983.

Students and faculty at the Center quoted lines from the film because it was shown with such regularity, ‘I’m a bug, I’m a germ, I’m a bug, I’m a germ.  Ha – Louis Pasteur, I’m not a bug I’m not a germ.’

Creativity Principle: Look beyond the obvious

Every semester when our professor, Dr. Ruth Noller, showed it, I’d moan.

“I’ve seen it already,” I’d say.

“Then find something new in the film,” Ruth replied; like clockwork, every semester.

And so I did.  Ruth modeled an important principle you can use to fashion your WCID and WCIW celebrations. I learned to look beyond the obvious, to dig deeper, to see new things in the old – skills I use to this day.

Creativity Principle: Harsh immediate judgments are like a shot in the gut

One scene, in particular, stood out. An artist, who, in creating a sculpture, experiences an insight of grand proportions. He adds this new idea to his artwork and then, puts the sculpture on show.

We see a crowd gathered, commenting on this piece of art. Each utterance is a criticism. “It’s unAmerican.” I can’t say what I think because I’m from Nebraska, and you know what we are like.” “It will never fly Orville.”

We see the artist dressed like an American cowboy, receiving the comments as if each is a bullet. With each comment, he buckles over as if hit in the gut.

This scene profoundly moved me. Still does. Every time I hear an immediate ‘no’ to a new idea, it feels like a shot to the gut. From that I generalized this must be how others feel with rejection, immediate harsh criticism to their new thinking, that, in turn, discourages them from using their creative imagination and contributing new and different ideas, thinking, or potential solutions.

Wouldn’t it be great for people to inquire about new ideas rather than judge them harshly and critically upon first learning of them?  That’s one of my wishes for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, that the portal for considering new ideas opens wider to enable free use of imagination applied to create a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.

Prepare for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21: An Invitation

I invite you to take a step back in history and to participate in the worldview of the times. Watch the 1968 film. Highlight your connections and insights in the comments section.

What principles emerge for you?

It’ll be interesting to see the meanings we make today.

Why Man Creates



Google Doodle Request for #WCID2018

Hi Everyone,

I hope you can help.

Today I posted an email to I asked the team to create a Google Doodle for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, to help spread the word and concept behind it. Which is…

Everyone can generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too.

I’m hoping you’ll be able to help and to write the Google Doodle team as well with a request.

Here’s are examples of a few Google Doodles. These will appear on the Google search engine page


Here’s the text of the email:

Hey there Google Doodlers!

I’m writing to inspire you to include a Google Doodle for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, 2018 (WCID).  It’s the first time the United Nations will be celebrating it; the UN General Assembly passed a resolution to include WCID among their International Days of Observance in 2017.

The UN wants people to use creativity in problem-solving to advance meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. “Traditional thinking,” UN Ambassador from St. Vincent and the Grenadines Rhonda King, said, “will not help us solve the problems we have.”

Here’s the 5-minute video of Ambassador I. Rhonda King speaking for the resolution:


Creative studies grad student Nicolette Wever created this graphic during a talk I gave last month at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Creativity Expert Exchange, about the UN resolution. Underneath it is a photo of me. Pretty good likeness, eh? (for readers, the video of the speech will be posted when it is ready.)


WCID observances began in 2001 – it’s a folk celebration intended to include everyone on the planet, to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too.

On our homespun website (it’s a labour of love, no money involved, entirely volunteer) you’ll see that people in over 50 countries take part in activities ranging from friends potluck suppers to multinational organizations pushing their need for innovation speed and engagement. Schools, universities, clubs, you name it – all are invited to take part – it’s like Mothers Day in a way – each celebrates in ways relevant to their context.

It would be great to have your support. Please help spread the word and to align with the UN’s first official event for WCID by creating and posting a Google Doodle for the day.

Please help spread the energy to inspire new thinking all over the world.

Might you?

Feel free to get in touch for conversation, further info, and to make suggestions??

Thanks!!  Hope to hear from you soon.


Best regards


(for readers – will certainly keep you informed of progress.  Please send an email to to strengthen the ask for a WCID April 21 Google Doodle. Thanks!)