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.
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.
Short (and delightful!) video prepared by students reading for Master in Creativity and Innovation at the Edward De Bono Institute, University of Malta. Are you prepared? Like the Edward de Bono Institute Facebook page for more about creativity and innovation: https://www.facebook.com/IoTM.uom?fref=ts Post your creative action for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 here.
Creativity is not just artistic expression, but it is the ability to bring something new into being – be it an idea, a solution, an activity, an object, a perspective, or a representation of something. Creativity is part of everyone, not just “geniuses,” and we don’t have to be born with any inherent qualities or raised in special circumstances to be creative. Every person is endowed with the spirit of creativity in many forms of expression, such as art, science, politics, hobbies, relationships, advocacy and community involvement. Our individual potential for creativity is enhanced by qualities such as self-motivation, resourcefulness, independence, curiosity, sense of challenge, and desire to seek something new and different. None of these are set in stone for any individual. Our personality, life experience, and circumstances surrounding us can activate these potentials in all of us. Each of us, because of our unique inner resources and external influences, has the capacity for unique creative discovery. Anyone can benefit from exercising “creative muscles.” For example, creativity: • Strengthens our mood and morale • Contributes to physical health • Enriches relationships We use personal creativity every day: Perhaps it is planning a new garden, generating possible solutions to a community issue, making up a new recipe, figuring out a new way to knit an item, or coming up with a new way to teach your grandson to tie his shoe. The possibilities are endless. Make a note to celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 by engaging in one new idea, making one new decision, and/or taking one new action that will make your place in the world better and make the world a better a place. (text adapted from http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/morton-grove/community/chi-ugc-article-creativity-and-aging-tap-into-your-potential-3-2015-03-23-story.html) by Mary Staackmann
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?
Imagine if you were allowed to use a whole workday every week to explore any project you wanted. With no restrictions on your time or what you could do, think of the ideas you could come up with and the things you could learn about!
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.
Friends, today, April 21, is World Creativity and Innovation Day, named in 2001, it was expanded to World Creativity and Innovation Week in 2005. Hoping you experienced inspired joy, delight. opportunity, and potential during this week, together with so many others all over the world.
Let’s continue to keep the energy moving for new ideas, decisions, actions and products to make the world a better place and make your place in the world better too.
WCIW happens every year from April 15 – 21. I look forward to sharing it with you.
Freedom is an important kind of joy. What if you used freedom, or one of its synonyms – emancipation, liberation, independence, spaciousness, carte blanche, self-determination – as your theme for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 -21?
In what ways might you feel the joy of delightful surprise in new ideas, new decisions and/or new actions?
Open minds, hearts, eyes to new ideas, new decisions, new actions: one week worldwide