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.
WCIW April 15-21 was founded in 2001 using the following principles as guides. The week begins on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday April 15 and ends on World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 every year. Its purpose is to provide time to allow, encourage and enable new thinking to create new futures; to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too Over the years the celebration has involved people, families, organizations and communities world-wide. You can see some of #2017wciw April 15-21 here. More are added as people upload their WCIW activities. WCIW is inclusive, no matter how big or small, please include your celebration to show others you are here, active and creating.
What is Creativity?
Creativity is the spark of life, the vitality that stirs desires to improve and change the status quo—meaningfully, responsibly, wisely, and with impact. This spark is inherent; we are born with it. Using its light, we build upon the past, imprint the present, imagine the future, and connect to forever.
Why Do We Create?
Creativity is a condition of being human. We explore new territory, invent procedures, adapt behaviors, develop systems, and create new knowledge to increase the likelihood of survival and fulfillment. Human creativity extends from our biological imperative to procreate. It’s as natural as that.
Do We All Create the Same Way?
Like love, creative expression varies from person to person and from culture to culture. There are many ways to access creativity. Individuals, groups, cultures, and purposes are all unique and the same approaches do not necessarily appeal all. This is why WCIW is a do-it-yourself celebration. You celebrate in a way that befits your context. Would you like to add creativity practices for people to experiment with? Feel free to add techniques, methods and habits that promote creativity and innovation in the comments below.
When Do We Create?
We create in response to or to initiate a restlessness to grow beyond where we are. We may feel moved, for example, to add structure, build relations and connections, inspire and/or excite others’ curiosity to accomplish this. We might also be driven to gain inner clarity, identify purpose, harvest wisdom and/or advance using foresight.
How Does It Feel to Create?
Creativity yields feelings of freedom, power, connection, clarity, satisfaction, curiosity, dread, confusion. People report emotions spanning from fear and depression to elation and joy. Bottom line: creativity involves emotions, feeling along with thinking. Intuition is also involved as is tactile concrete sensing. According to the Center for Non-Violent Communication, emotions can signal whether a need is being met (positive emotion) or not being met (negative emotion).
How does World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 fit?
The week begins Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15, and concludes on World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21, each year. It serves as an invitation and reminder to all people to access their natural creating energy; to make space and time to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions, ask new questions, create new outcomes by altering thinking, challenging assumptions, wondering what if…observing new things, and behaving a little differently, even if only for a moment, so a new light can shine and permit new futures to be planned and emerge. Please share how you will engage in WCIW this year. Add your #wciw2017 celebration here, no matter how big or small, WCIW is inclusive.
Parts of this text is adapted from Creativity and Personality Type: Tools for Understanding and Inspiring the Many Voices of Creativity (Segal, M. Telos, 2001) which in now out of print. WCIW was founded in 2001, on May 25.
[vimeo 117193312 w=640 h=360] 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.
Events for WCIW 2016 categorized into 4 areas: workshops and talks in the workplace; public engagement activities; use of on-line media, and formal teaching
Prior year celebrations categories: repeating same activity as before; creating new activities each year
Ways people learn about WCIW: social media; through the workplace; from earlier involvement, and by chance
How WCIW is related to the respondent’s own area of work/interest: creative/innovation industry consultants; mission and teaching context
Why people chose to take part in WCIW 2016: to fill a gap and/or spread awareness; thought it was valuable; its marketing value; it is easy to get access to, and, why not?
Important outcomes from taking part in WCIW 2016: Spreading awareness; positive client feedback; creating a sense of community; personal satisfaction, and a concrete outcome
Other comments including suggestions and wishes for the future of WCIW.
Read the survey report here WCIW_survey_final Please join me in sharing appreciative thanks to Dr. Jenny Willis, executive editor of the Creative Academic for her efforts to provide these important, helpful and practical insights. We will be leveraging the findings as preparations for WCIW 2017 begin. Have you saved the dates in your calendar yet? April 15-21, 2017 World Creativity and Innovation Week #16. Coming this year – an additional focus: celebrating your own ideas. More to come…
Thanks so much for all of your help to spread the energy and the word about World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 (WCIW 2016)! WCIW 2017 is our 16th anniversary and it would be great to double, triple, quadruple our reach so everyone on the planet can engage in meaningful ways.
WCIW experienced tremendous online growth in 2016. Coverage in Innovation Excellence, Creative Academic and The Banff Centre’s blog likely helped. This year 25 countries (down from 26 last year), that we know of, participated in 72 (up from 57 in 2016) different celebrations. See wciw.org/wciw-2016 for specifics; scroll through the blog posts too. Here are the percentage increases and counts for our social media platforms
wciw.org followers – 45 % to 4944
FB page likes – 24% to 1046
FB group members – 91 % to 1574
@worldcreativity followers – 12% to 3111
Linked in group members – 13 % to 786
All of this was achieved through volunteers (thank you!!) who use the week to enable people to make a the world a better place in ways that are relevant to their individual contexts. It was a great year everyone, let’s continue to collaborate, coordinate, communicate and create a greater community for sharing ideas and lending support to open doors for new potentials to emerge. Your ideas are always welcome. Your help too. Thank you for partnering to move the energy forward. From your point of view, two questions:
Do you feel WCIW is valuable? If so, in what ways?
Regardless of your response to question 1, What suggestions do you have for the future of WCIW?
Kindly click on this link to respond. The collector is open now. Thanks.
World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 is a dedicated time worldwide to inspire new action, create novel ideas, make new decisions; solve problems in new ways, do something new, support new thinking, partner with new people, hold new conversations, use a new pair of eyes. It’s is a global launch pad for new ideas, new decisions and new actions.
Found this gem from 2004 while going through old files. Could not not share. Thinking you might pick up an idea or two to round out your plans for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and/or World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 celebrations. Looking back, not much has changed conceptually about celebrating creativity and innovation during the week of April 15 – 21 conceptually over the years. Except …
Twelve years ago not as much was known about creativity and innovation; the terms didn’t easily roll off the tongues of our leaders then, there were far fewer news headlines containing the words. People use creativity in everyday language now. The words creativity and innovation appear in more corporate mission statements, job descriptions and self-help columns than ever, for example,
When people ask why during this one week you encourage them to explore and expand their creative potential, tell them this: the goal is for everyone on the planet (for now) to experience at least one moment of inspired joy during that time frame. Imagine how that would be, eh? Into to the FAQ’s In 2004 WCIW didn’t exist – not yet. We called April 21 Creativity and Innovation Day (CID) and referenced the week leading up to it as idea week, beginning on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15th. Celebrations that year included activities in over 45 countries, One was a workshop day in Toronto called, Admit it. You are Creative! Participants were given small and potent doses (like espresso) of different approaches and experiences in creativity and innovation. Other celebrations included creativity themed street markets in Bangkok, Thailand, and Zona Norte, Argentina; creativity gatherings in Rio de Janeiro and Slovenia. radio shows in Peru. Leo(nardo da Vinci) Awards were given out in Chicago to local businesses for advanced creative approaches. The list goes on. —– This first section shows early positioning thinking for CID. Why Celebrate CID? To celebrate human creativity and innovation worldwide Creativity is generally applied 1 – to make one’s world more beautiful and harmonious 2 – to solve challenges for survival 3 – to express oneself The capacity to create is inborn. Business concept CID provides a service to people to realize their creative contributions – to make new decisions; to replace fear with confidence, and to celebrate making new decisions. CID can be leveraged to honour risk taking to make the world more sustainable. What industry does it belong to? Training, education, entertainment, recreation, technology, information, financial, social clubs, PTA’s; wherever people are. What products or services does it provide?
Experiences of joy, accomplishment, celebration
Bolstered confidence in flexible thinking, good feeling, wholeness, amazement
Potential customers Sponsors who want to identify with creativity and innovation; teams looking for an outlet for their creativity and freedom from the restrictions of corporate nay-saying; hungry people; activists; educators and students, town councils, government agencies… Frequently asked questions Why does Creativity Day have a week’s lead up? Why is it more than just one day? Creativity is more than an event. It’s a process. The reason the celebrations last for a week is to model this very important concept. What happens each day of the week leading to Creativity and Innovation Day? Each day, individuals, teams, organizations, families, schools and communities host an activity to welcome, engage, and contribute pride in creating and innovating. Who’s behind CID? Started by Marci Segal, creativity specialist and author, CID is observed and supported by concerned and influential individuals and groups of people all over the world who recognize the need for creative energies and innovation to be celebrated, affirmed and used for creating new desirable futures. (In 2017 WCID, World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 was adopted as a United Nations global day of observance). What is the intent of CID? Creativity and Innovation Day is intended to serve as a pivot point for individuals, groups, communities and organizations to • bring creativity and innovation to mind • recognize creations and innovations • begin a new cycle for creating • think new thoughts, generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new action How can I get involved? • Sponsor an event in your local community, group, school, or association. • Identify people who are passionate about releasing creative potential, hold a conference, a show, a fun fair. • Show off your achievements and accomplishments. • Have a dinner with friends and toast each others’ creative and innovative achievements and discuss what else is new and on the horizon. What support is available for CID activities? Funding is being sought from local community groups, associations, governments, industry and corporations. More sponsors are needed. Can you help? —– Hope you found these helpful. Maybe a new thought or two was triggered for you about ways to celebrate WCIW this year. And yes, we continue to look for sponsors. Activities and funds are welcome. Add your activity here and use the donate button on the left to make a contribution that will help make a difference moving forward. —– Join the energy! Connect, explore, enjoy and urge your colleagues, friends and family to do something different during World Creativity and Innovation Week this and every year.
Happy new fear friends. Can we count on you to engage this year, the 15th anniversary? Even though you are using your creative abilities day-to-day – to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions – I’m inviting you to spread the love especially during April 15 – 21 this year – to involve others to experience the freedom and joy of their creative birthright. To tweet your activity, observance for the week #wciw, #wciw2016
Thanks so much for all of your help to spread the energy and the word about World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 (WCIW 2015). WCIW 2016 is our 15th anniversary and it would be great to double, triple, quadruple our reach so everyone on the planet can engage in meaningful ways. This year 26 countries, that we know of, participated in 57 different celebrations. See wciw.org/wciw-2015 for specifics and scroll through the blog posts too. Here are the percentage increases and the counts for each social media platform wciw.org followers – 18% to 3402 FB page likes – 22% to 842 FB group members – 17% to 821 @worldcreativity followers – 12% to 2788 Linked in group members – 6% to 693 All of this was achieved through volunteers (thank you!!) who want to enable people to make a the world a better place in ways that are relevant to their individual contexts. It was a great year everyone, let’s continue to collaborate, coordinate, communicate and create a greater community for sharing ideas and lending support to open doors for new potentials to emerge. Your ideas are always welcome.
Yes, that’s right. A large US city in Texas (population estimate 900,000) declared World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, thanks to the efforts of Bud Wurz. Double click to enlarge. For 2016 we would like your help to create a proclamation template to use and a PR kit to help you spread the word about WCIW in your community, village, town, city, province, state, canton, jurisdication, organization, association, country, industry, and so on. Please write to marci at wciw.org to volunteer your expertise.
Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide