World Creativity and Innovation Day 2018
He in fact, was the man that set the standard for what it meant to be a renaissance man, excelling in both the arts and sciences. World Creativity and Innovation Day was established to encourage everyone to dig deep and find their own inner da Vinci.
This international day was recognized by the UN in 2002 only after Marci Segal, a creativity specialist, came up with the idea for World Creativity and Innovation Day. After reading a newspaper headline, “Canada in Creativity Crisis,” Segal decided to do something about it. With the help of her colleagues, she organized the first World Creativity Day to encourage people to use creativity to make the world a better place. In 2006, #WCID became a week (#WCIW 15-21 April) to give people more time to explore together diverse points of view.
World Creativity and Innovation Day provides us an excuse to try to solve old problems in new ways with the potential of finding better and more effective ways to accomplish our goals!
As a matter of fact, creativity and also innovation are topics we as European volunteers talk about quite a lot during our days here. Many of us, no matter where we come from, came to this project to take some time off in order to think about the next steps in our lives. Some already have some rather vague thoughts about what it should look like, while others seem to have created a completely new business plan after a time.
We saw how people initially struggled with their future and in the end had a great idea or were lucky to become part of something that totally amazed them.
Some created their own business after leaving Greece other became part of an uprising start-up company while again others now exactly they wish to establish their own company with time, but don’t have a concrete idea just yet.
But no matter which of us, we are all being more or less creative the whole time of our EVS period. On the one hand, because we are coming up with all kinds of activity or event plans, on the other because we are finding new and innovative ways to live through all kinds of issues, communication problems or plans that are not working out as they should have done.
On a more personal note I have to say that creativity is a character trait that a value a lot in other people. It is something that I grew up with, loving all kinds of areas that are affected by it.
Being a little child I always loved reading books and poems. We were singing a lot of songs and learned a ton of theatres and poems by heart and if I am being honest, I can still remember some of the most memorable and important of them now that I haven’t read them for ages. Creativity education can be among the most important and helpful for children as it allows them to broaden their horizon and helps to grow their capability to find new and different ways of problem solving. Creative people often (of course not always) find new strategies to question things are in this respect frequently more likely to evaluate some happenings in a for others unusual manner.
With tons of new developments to face in day to day work, topics such as programming and robotics for example are only but a few to name in the amount of things that people nowadays have to be creative working with if they have never been in touch with these before. And for sure there are a lot of discussions about whether or not all new developments are truly as innovative and aso helpful as they or their innovators are promising. Often enough people raised up against newly intended things because they were scared and, of course, not everything that is invented stays and becomes part of everyone’s life. Yet, things like the internet, the telephone, the fridge, the radio and whatsoever did not only have a huge impact on all our lives but also paved the way for people with other great ideas to gain the necessary strength and braveness to make their ideas and dreams become a reality.
From my point of view, it is not even necessary for all inventions to become as successful as their inventors want them to be. I believe that, as harsh as it may eventually sound, even good ideas that failed on their way to the top can be a sign and a lesson at the same time. They show us that people are not giving up. It shows that the human species has always and will always be striving for more and wants to create more. Humans are creative. Human are innovative. And that not only because someone came and told them to be – no, but because it is their nature, it is what they have done in the stone age and it will continue like this whether or not some of us appreciate it or not.
World Creativity and Innovation Day is not only abut the big ideas. Much more it is about the changes little things that could come up to anyone’s mind can provide to the society. So for this special day here are some brainteasers of what you could do in order to participate and to use your creativity for the better.
Start the day out by brainstorming, sit down and think of all the things you do during the day and how you might change them for the better. Throughout your day keep a notepad handy for ideas that occur to you, whether they are for your own use, or ways that other people can do things better. Even you may not recognise or believe your ideas could be in fact helpful for many people they eventually are so take the advice and just start and try letting others benefit from whatever comes to your mind. Set it in motion and see where your creativity gets you. World Creativity and Innovation Day could be the day that set your life on a whole new path!
Especially, in a time where the world is suffering from a lot of issues who knows what people could achieve when putting their heads together using all the creativity they got. Eventually you and your friends or other likeminded people can develop a plan that will have the ability to create new jobs that have been desperately needed. Maybe you will find a solution for problems such as poverty eradication and the elimination of hunger.
You could change the world. Even if just a little.
But if you never try, who will know
written by Karolin VR