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 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.
Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15, opens a time portal for each and every one planet-wide, to free thinking, to consider new ideas, decisions, actions and outcomes – World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.
Feel welcome to use your imagination this week and to combine it with your’s and others’ knowledge to:
form new relationships
establish new standards
consider different approaches to meeting challenges
learn new information and practice new skills
develop fresh insights
recall past successes from which to build new platforms
generate positive possibilities and potentials for the future
go beyond your ‘familiar’ to embrace something ‘strange’ (a new restaurant? a different way to hold meetings?)
try new behaviours that align with the values of contributing to creating a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.
As inspiration, take a look at what is happening around the world here and on twitter #wcid2018, #wciw2018, #worldcreativityweek, #wcid and #wciw.
Do what you can in your home, your work, your school, your community, and/or your nation to inspire joy in creating anew. Each time one of us makes a change, we all benefit.
Find a way to give new ideas a soft place to land.
Show the ways you contribute to the emerging story of planet Earth. Upload your World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21 and World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 activities here.
Happy World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21! May you safely and effortlessly ride this week’s creative energy to make a helpful difference in your life and the lives of others.
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.
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.
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.
At times when I invite people to participate in generating new ideas, making new decisions, and/or taking new actions that make the world a better place and that make their place in the world better during WCIW they say, no, I already do that, I don’t need a special time to do it. I tell them that this week is not about them, it is about us, the planet. Imagine, I say, when everyone experiences moments of inspired joy as doors for emergent potential open at the same time. That’s the wish. Happy World Creativity and Innovation Day and beyond.
Rae Luskin, a Creative Catalyst and speaker, contacted me for an interview about creativity, and particularly World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21. We spoke today. Rae recorded our conversation and uploaded it to you tube. It’s a 50 minute audio recording. Up close and personal. If you get a chance to hear some of it, I’d be happy to know your comments.
Creativity and innovation are valid and engaging topics for almost all fields. From industry to marketing and education to health care, the ability to collaborate to create new futures has gained in importance. One way to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 with your family, friends, community, colleagues, clients, or customers is to generate new ideas, make new decisions and/or take new actions to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too. What can be done more simply? What might be amplified? Which two or three functions can be joined? What is your vision for a happier life? Fun topics for a WCIW coffee conversation, a lunchtime meal or family dinner, no? Know of others?
Who is the person or who are the people/groups leading the charge of celebrating creativity and innovation at your location from April 15 -21, 2015?
Don’t you agree that it would be great to give people around you (virtually too) a creative-thinking ‘boost’ during the World Creativity and Innovation Week celebrations?
Findings from a global 2012 survey conducted by Adobe, State of Creativity Study, (pdf here) support doing just that. Their global survey unveiled that
Unlocking creative potential is seen as key to economic and social growth
Globally, less than 1 in 4 people (of the 5000 surveyed) feel they are living up to their creative potential
There is increasing pressure to be productive rather than creative at work
So here’s your opportunity to buck the trend for only one week every year: to celebrate the talents your people, customers, and/or suppliers have to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions that make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too. WCIW April 15 – 21 is a time to explore your creativity, and help others do the same. It’s great when there’s some unbridled joy in the mix too.
The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the other nor of the self: the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone.
Thank you all, friends, for sharing a journey impossible to accomplish alone – celebrating the unique splendour of being open to and generating new ideas, being open to and making new decisions and being open to and taking new actions to make the world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.
Looking forward to our new journey, next year, when we again make noise and peace, provide opportunity and insight together, collectively, during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2014.
Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide