World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21

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.


Wishing you joy

Wishing you flexibility, inner strength, and ingenuity during this World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21, 2014.  And joy…always joy…

Someone stopped me the other day, asked how to stay creative and resilient through these changing times.  I said, “Two things.  Keep your sense of humour, and keep your knees bent, like you are riding a surf board.  Yes, keep your knees bent.”

How would you respond?

What if Freedom were your theme for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21?

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?


Social Physics | a new way of understanding human behavior based on analysis of Big Data

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Research using big data how to create cooperative, productive and creative organizations and governments. New ubiquitous data show all aspects of human life – including the creation and spread of new ideas.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

MIT research: Effective communication patterns for groups = they share lots of ideas – many short contributions instead of a few long ones; their interactions are dense with continuous overlapping cycles of an idea followed by a response; they share a diversity of ideas – everyone contributes.


Anyone care to match this with brainstorming research? See more at

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9 Creative thinking on line tools – Free!

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Looking for some new thinking to use during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 this year?  Here are 9 resources to play with to spark your creative thinking engines.  Remember the criteria for creativity: novel, useful, surprising ideas, decisions and/or actions.

Have others to recommend?  Please list them in the comments section.

1. IdeaChampions Free the Genie free trial.  It’s an online area to be directed through solving a challenge in stages.

2. Roger von Oech’s creative Whack on the Side of the Head.  Click on the upper left corner of his webpage for a view  his daily idea stimulus cards.

3. Eyewire – Creativity card simple thought stirrers. Downloadable, you can make your own cards from their pdf to carry around.

4. New & Improved has 15 online, downloadable Gator Breaks - ways to overcome knee-jerk negative reactions to ideas.

5. Creativity Toolbox by Peter Lloyd gives online help to anyone who is stumped in a number of areas:  brainstorming, mind mapping, name generating. Lots of fun here, even a quote generator! Creativity Toolbox.

6. Like playing with words?  Here’s a random word, phrase, sentence and paragraph generator.  Lots of potential here.  Click any of the words below the website name: watchout4snakes.

7. More into visual that verbal?  Here’s a site where you can create your own Picasso Head.

8. Looking for or have practical/business ideas?  Check out  Idea A Day for practical suggestions and insights.

9. New trends in thinking and business based on social, technological, environmental, economic and political shifts  can be found at the World Future Society website.

Do you bake?

Attention Bakers: Here’s a photo to stir your heart and mind for World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21.


It fulfills the criteria for creative

  • Novel
  • Useful
  • Surprising

When you are open to

  • New ideas
  • New decisions
  • New actions

it is easier to create novelty that is useful and surprising in any domain – like baking. Like these cupcakes. What’s something new might you bake during WCIW?

With thanks to Rosemary Rein for posting this photo on Facebook.  Fabulous!

Want to try Brainswarming for WCIW April 15 – 21?

Here’s a different technique to use in place of brainstorming during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 -21, you know, for the people who say they are already creative….

Brainswarming was developed by Tony McCaffrey ( who researches and develops innovation tools at Innovation Accelerator, Inc. Brainswarming is the latest tool to emerge from his research and will soon become an online platform for remote group work. A game version of Brainswarming is also available. Follow him @DrTonyMcCaffrey. His HBR Brainswarming post can be read here.

Note: In his article McCaffrey says Brainstorming doesn’t work and that there’s no research to support it.  Dr. John Cabra from the International Center for Studies in Creativity disproves that by offering these two brainstorming research sources:

Isaksen, S. G., & Gaulin, J. P. (2005). A reexamination of brainstorming research: Implications for research and practice. Gifted Child Quarterly, 49(4), 315-329.

Firestien, R. L., & McCowan, R. (1988). Creative problem
solving and communication behavior in small groups.
Creativity Research Journal, 1, 106–114.

Open for new ideas, new decisions, new actions


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