Greetings to all. We are awash in VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous – times, and have been since 2013, at least.
World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 was recognized by the United Nations in 2017 as a Day of Observance. It was championed by Ambassador I. Rhonda King, Permanent Representative to the United Nations from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who said “It is imperative we use creativity in problem-solving to address the challenges we face. Traditional thinking will no longer do.”
What is VUCA? From Wikipedia
- V = Volatility. The nature and dynamics of change, and the nature and speed of change forces and change catalysts.
- U = Uncertainty. The lack of predictability, the prospects for a surprise, and the sense of awareness and understanding of issues and events.
- C = Complexity. The multiplex of forces, the confounding of issues and the chaos and confusion that surround an organization.
- A = Ambiguity. The haziness of reality, the potential for misreads, and the mixed meanings of conditions; cause-and-effect confusion.
All four come together in ways that either confound decisions or sharpen the capacity to look ahead, plan ahead and move ahead. VUCA sets the stage for managing and leading.
We continue to learn how important it is to stay nimble, agile, alert, confident, imaginative, creative, resourceful, humble.
Let’s use World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 and World Creativity and Innovation Week, April 15-21 to strengthen our capacity to generate and consider new ideas, new decisions, new actions and new outcomes.
See what you can do.
When are you most likely to express your creativity? Wouldn’t that be a great question to ask/talk about/share over dinner during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21?
Today’s find, The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life Cycle of Happiness, relates Tali Sharot’s research presented at 2012 TED.
“Optimism starts with what may be the most extraordinary of human talents: mental time travel. That is, the ability to move back and forth through time and space in one’s mind. To think positively about our prospects, it helps to be able to imagine ourselves in the future. Although most of us take this ability for granted, our capacity to envision a different time and place is critical for our survival. It allows us to plan ahead, to save food and resources for times of scarcity, and to endure hard work in anticipation of a future reward.
While mental time travel has clear survival advantages, conscious foresight came to humans at an enormous price — the understanding that somewhere in the future, death awaits. This knowledge that old age, sickness, the decline of mental power, and oblivion are somewhere around the corner, can be devastating.”
Here’s an idea – what if you viewed the Ted talk, and keeping sustainability in mind, wonder about how and when you think or feel people are most likely to express their creativity to make a difference?
See what you can come with, see what you can do.
Why can’t we demand better of ourselves and of our communities to create a place where all life is respected?
What if, by using creativity, along with an openness to express and consider new ideas, new decisions, new actions, new outcomes, hopelessness can be overcome?
Looking forward to participating in #hopedecoded on March 27 @banffcentre
Let’s inspire hope during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21.
See what you can do.