Category Archives: World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21

Who is the WCIW 2015 go-to person in your organization?

Yes, that’s right.

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.

So whoever your WCIW rep is your organization, make sure they subscribe to this blog for support and ideas.  They can join our  groups – World Creativity and Innovation Week Global (on Facebook) and World Creativity (on LinkedIn) – for updates and other connections.

Appoint someone today to be your go-to person for WCIW 2015 and give them the opportunity to create something wonderful and meaningful for your culture and organization.

BTW, What do you think about our hosting a world teleconference the week after WCIW 2015 to compare notes among organizational reps?

Save the Dates: April 15-21 for World Creativity and Innovation Week

Greetings all. Remember to post a calendar reminder to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 this (and every) year.reminder_icon

Which new ideas, new decisions and/or new actions will you honor in 2014? How might you give attention to creativity and innovation April 15-21 World Creativity and Innovation a Week (WCIW)?

This year I’m thinking about ways to help people get over the hurdle of choosing how to celebrate WCIW. So many say they like the idea of WCIW and In the same breath ask, “what should we do?” This has been going on since the beginning in 2001.

So I’ve begun to ask “what’s that about? Why are people puzzled about how to celebrate our creative capacity for innovation?”

Do you have insights, theories, reasons, guesses, about why people ask how to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week? Please share your point of view. Somehow, together, I know we’ll find ways to overcome the hurdle so we can all honour our innate nature to make the world a better place and make our place in the world better too. New ideas, new decisions, new actions. Creativity is in you…use it…go!

News: we’re updating the website. Stay tuned.

icon-calendarClick to mark your calendars to celebrate WCIW April 15-21with me this year.


Marci Segal, MS
WCIW founder

Friendship in Creativity

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.

– David Whyte from Readers’ Circle Essay, “Friendship” ©2011 David Whyte

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.

To everything there is a season…

WCIW_PRIMARY_LOGO_Y_4CThanks all for joining and celebrating your creativity during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, 2013.  There were countless events, conversations, activities, and moments of reflection that helped lift the world away from where the past may have led toward a new, more desirable future.

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 is one week in the year for everyone, at the same time, to be open to and generate new ideas, be open to and make new decisions and to be open to and take new actions that make the world a better place and make their place in the world better too.  What you do during this time counts in your life and the lives of others.

We know many people, groups, organizations, schools, associations from every habitable continent were involved this year and invite you to read this website, our Facebook group, our facebook page, #wciw on twitter, to catch a glimpse of what people are reporting.  Feel free to add your event, activity and wishes, so you may provide an example for others in years to come.

We’ve learned a lot this year, about how WCIW continues to inspire new thinking and new action for everyone involved.  It’s a special week every year that invites creative and innovative participation. It defies tradition because it is about what you do, not what others are about.

This post is call to everything there is a season, for a reason…

Do you know the Byrds’ Turn, Turn, Turn song from the 1960’s? It’s lyrics come from centuries ago, wisdom about balance of action and focus.

Words-adapted from The Bible, book of Ecclesiastes
Music-Pete Seeger

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

A time to build up,a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late

Please enjoy the rest of your year, ride with the creativity and innovation tide, have confidence in your capacity to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions that matter.

Since its first celebrations in 2002, WCIW keeps growing. I hope you’ll help grow it further through your thoughts and actions so that we may with focused energy, collectively, collaboratively and creatively connect to lift the planet in meaningful, vital, responsible, knowledgeable ways.

We’ll  need volunteers to keep the momentum going and will be keeping in touch through our Facebook group and page.  Make sure you are included in either or both to learn of developments.

Thanks so much for making this one as great as it is/was, looking forward to our World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 2014.

Best wishes for the year to come. Thanks again. For all you do.

Marci Segal, WCIW founder

fyi, this year for WCIW I did three new things:  Presented at PechaKuchaToronto on WCIW, attended the opening of an art show of never seen creations, and made a new slow cooker recipe.  What new things or ideas were part of your WCIW this year?

P.S. Zulu Alpha Kilo developed the new WCIW logo by instigation of Linda Salna, Toronto WCIW team captain.

Happy World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 #wciw

WCIW keep calmRemember to share with the world what you are doing for World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15 – 21 in an easy tweet.  #wciw

World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 celebrates the unlimited potential of people to be open to and generate new ideas, be open to and make new decisions, and to be open to and take new actions that make the world a better place and make your place in the world better too.

Enjoy your right to make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

Need Convincing to Celebrate #WCIW? See Adobes' 2012 State of Create Report

Adobe provides great support for leveraging World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 in their State of Create 2012 Research Study. Their presentation has great slides you can share with others to make your case. to use this week to begin conversations, generate ideas, make new decisions, take new actions to integrate creative thinking deliberately into the workplace, into schools, even into your day-to-day life.

2012 Adobe Study Reveals Global Creativity Gap
  • New research reveals a global creativity gap in five of the world’s largest economies,according to the Adobe® (Nasdaq:ADBE)
  • The research shows 8 in 10 people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth and nearly two – thirds of respondents feel creativity is valuable to society, yet a striking minority–only 1 in 4 people–believe they are living up to their own creative potential. Interviews of 5,000 adults across the United States, United Kingdom,Germany, France and Japan expose surprising attitudes.

Workplace Creativity Gap The study reveals a workplace creativity gap, where 75% of respondents said they are under growing pressure to be productive rather than creative, despite the fact that they are increasingly expected to think creatively on the job. Across all of the countries surveyed, people said they spend only 25% of their time at work creating. Lack of time is seen as the biggest barrier to creativity (47% globally, 52% in United States).

Education Concerns More than half of those surveyed feel that creativity is being stifled by their education systems, and many believe creativity is taken for granted (52% globally, 70% in the United States).

“One of the myths of creativity is that very few people are really creative,” said Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. “The truth is that everyone has great capacities but not everyone develops them. One of the problems is that too often our educational systems don’t enable students to develop their natural creative powers. Instead, they promote uniformity and standardization. The result is that we’re draining people of their creative possibilities and, as this study reveals, producing a workforce that’s conditioned to prioritize conformity over creativity.”

Full press release

Full Adobe 2012 State of Create Study


From NASA: passion fires up creative genius – inspiration for #WCIW

A two-minute video brought to you Karen Friedt at NASA. Simple, sweet, to the point.

If you think you can’t do something wonderful for WCIW this year, no matter large or small, watching this will brighten your hopes, spark your verve and spur action.

creative genius video

Design Like Leonardo da Vinci during #WCIW (World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21)

Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday marks the beginning of World Creativity and Innovation Week each year – April 15 – 21.

Here’s a SXSW slide presentation by Brian Sullivan that has lots of fodder to enhance your own creative process and those of others.

Remember to post your event in our WCIW facebook group and WCIW facebook page.  We’ll be making the transition to the page eventually – feel free to like it to help the process.

Every single human being is creative….

“Every single human being is creative and your success turns on developing a community which harnesses the creativity of everyone.” Richard Florida. Rise of the Creative Class.

How might you use World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 to begin to nurture the creativity of the people you know, live with and work with?