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What can you do for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21?

Start an imagination practice.

George Land‘s 2011 TEDx talk came across my Facebook feed today. I will always remember the class he guest taught.
George asked us, undergrads at the International Center for Studies in Creativity, to practice using divergent thinking. Even though we already knew how – he took our capabilities far further.
“Write down 5 of your strengths,” he said, “then draw a line.” After we finished, he said, “Now do it again.” This exercise went on for an hour and 40 minutes. Five strengths and a line, five strengths and a line. It was grueling.
By the end of that class, I realized I had strengths that I never knew about – like having brown hair, or breathing, and being able to laugh and cry. My perceptions and appreciation of strengths forever changed that day.
In school we practiced using our imaginations on a regular basis; we’d learned techniques by which to stretch and then focus thinking to make something of it. When I saw George’s TEDx talk, I was reminded of that.
I was also reminded that not everyone has the same experience using their imaginations; many may uncomfortable or shy away from using their imaging capabilities. Think that might be you?
if so, what if you began an imagination practice for World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 as George suggests at the end of his talk, to bring out your latent genius. Then, with practice, you can apply using your imagination on challenges to create new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes.
Seriously, watch this video all the way through. George gives basics behind what we all need to be capable of to create the world of tomorrow and to align with and meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals – to use creativity in problem-solving to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too.
Spoiler alert: George is going to mention the accelerator and the brake. Watch out for that.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfKMq-rYtnc&feature=share
Want an imagination practice buddy? Why not? Take George’s advice at the end of this video, ask a friend to help generate other similar kinds of exercise and see what you accomplish. It’ll be good for your brain, good for your body, good for your future.

Leaders can turn creativity into a competitive advantage, says IDEO's Tim Brown

Imagine starting off a conversation at your next meeting during World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15 – 21 with these statements from a Tim Brown, IDEO CEO Harvard Business Review article from November 2016.

“All of our management practices need to be updated: how organizations are structured, how we deploy capital, how we interact and collaborate with broader networks, what tools and technology we embrace and deploy, what we measure, what markets we target, who we hire and how we lead. Of these, how we lead and the kind of culture we create are the essential starting points.

When our goal is efficiency, our concept of governance includes ensuring standardization, high levels of coordination, careful assessment of risk, and, of course, the elimination of waste. When we want to be creatively fit, governance looks quite different. It should be, and feel, more nurturing. It should focus on speed of learning and rigorous experimentation. It benefits from an attitude of abundance.

Nurturing a creatively competitive organization requires curiosity above all else. Asking the right questions is more important (and more difficult) than having the right answers. One of my favorite Victorian entrepreneurs, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, asked the seemingly ridiculous question, “How can I create the experience of floating over the English countryside?” in his quest to building the first large scale, long-distance railway service in England.”

More at: https://hbr.org/2016/11/leaders-can-turn-creativity-into-a-competitive-advantage

See what you can do.

Make connections across disciplines

“… the ability to make connections across disciplines-arts and sciences, humanities and technology-is a key to innovation, imagination, and genius.” Walter Isaacson (2017) Leonardo da Vinci. p3.

Imagine you have a day of freedom to explore cross-disciplinary thinking, and that you take the opportunity to combine what you’re working on now with sustainable development to create something new, to innovate.

You have that day – it’s World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21.

See what you can do.

FYI World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 begins on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15.

Check out where your search engine points when you query his name. Who knows what you’ll find out that you can use for inspiration.

What is imagination? from Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer

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“It is the Combining faculty. It brings together things, facts, ideas, conceptions in new, original, endless, ever-varying combinations…It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science. ”

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852).

To use your imagination… combine two things that by nature have not yet been connected.

What if, for example, as a brain warm-up activity, in getting ready for your World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 or World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21, you combine your next project with one of the sustainable development goals? What new invention, idea, solution might emerge?

 

Creativity is energy – what if…

What if creativity had nothing to do with thinking at all?
What if creativity is an energy that everyone has and uses to generate new ideas, make new decisions and take new actions.

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source: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/jens-English-tips-using-the-word-if.html

What if the energy is blocked, that people do some things that stop it from flowing.
Learning skills associated with releasing creativity means learning ways to enable its energy to flow.
What if during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 every year people all over the world felt welcome to let the energy of their natural creativity flow… blocks removed, doors opened, awareness gained, partnerships strengthened; we are, after all, sharing this planet together.
What if we collectively used our creativity to make the world a better place and to make our place in the world better too – by seeing with new pairs of eyes, imagining new ideas, exploring  new decisions, risking new actions
Creativity includes an ability to make associations that aren’t immediately obvious. Let’s give it a chance.
Sign on to World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.
Commit to participate, spread the spark, use imagination to make this world a better place and to make your place in the world better too.
Show your commitment in comments and tweets…
Wouldn’t it be great to see this grow?  #wciw2017 #wcid
 
 
 

Wonder, #wciw 2015 Day Four

You do not have to journey into the abyss of the Dark Night of the Soul to be graced by wonder. You have to unplug from the disenchanted world and be open to it, to make a space for it and to welcome it.

Arising in your senses, coming alive in your imagination, like a child, wonder arises from your innate curiosity about the impossibility, implausibility and awesome adventure of life. As you open yourself to the possibility, you experience the opening to an inexplicable vastness, an overwhelming profundity, an utter miracle and magic of life, of yourself, and of all that is. In the words of Jack Haas, “Wonder’ is the open freedom of the pure mind – the first and last pillar upon which the castle of the Spirit is built. It is the beginning and the end, the home and the journey there. (The Way of Wonder, Jack Haas)

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Wonder is a state of being, the spark of spirit within life. That spark awakens, ensouls and vivifies everything. Once experienced, life is never the same. It grasps anything and transforms perception. 

The experience of Wonder 

As you journey deep into its ever emerging possibilities, your eyes are renewed with experience and soul awash with curiosity. 

You recognize and appreciate the mystery of your own being. Space within is opened and gratitude is nurtured, as you invite the wonderful and awaken to the sacredness of life. It prepares you to witness the transformation of the ordinary to the extraordinary as you remember what it was like to stand in childlike innocence and awe in the presence of sheer beauty, mystery and sacramental majesty of the world. To know wisdom is to be drawn you out of your ego mind and self-preoccupation, as your soul deepens and softens.

You can invoke this state by shutting down your rational mind and allowing yourself simply be at one with your actions and experiences. Impassioned, honest, straightforward, simplicity is the key to unlock this experience within you. The setting can be wherever you find yourself. There is no need to go somewhere special since wonder is not the exclusive right of religious spirituality. It is present in the most banal and ordinary things in life. Going for a slow, contemplative walk, or gazing into the numinosity of heaven’s inky carpet, can open the door to Wonder. 

Adapted from http://www.cosmicintelligenceagency.com/

Innovation Is Vital for Your Organization's Survival: 10 Must-Learn Lessons From Sir Ken Robinson

Innovation is critical to both the success and the survival of organizations, and imagination is the spark that fuels it, Sir Ken argues.

Source: www.marketingprofs.com

A good list of reasons to engage in World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 this year. Thank you Sir Ken.  The link leads to his 90-minute presentation to marketing professors on the nature of innovation in organizations.

Scientists Discover Source of Imagination in Human Brain


Do you remember playing pretend when you were a child? A stick became a sword while a playground became a castle. This ability to use your imagination persists when people create art, invent tools and think scientifically.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

The purpose of this research is to program machines. Will our creative freedoms be further restricted or enabled by this?

“Our findings move us closer to understanding how the organization of our brains sets us apart from other species and provides such a rich internal playground for us to think freely and creatively,” said Alex Schlegel, the lead author of the paper, in a news release. “Understanding these differences will give us insight into where human creativity comes from and possibly allow us to recreate those same creative processes in machines.”

See on www.scienceworldreport.com