On 21st April we celebrate World Creativity & Innovation Day
World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated internationally each year on 21st April. WCID honours the creative and innovative activities from everyone all over the world both young and old. The day encourages people to let go of their inner creativity and use it on new ideas to make the world a better place to live.
The history of World Creativity & Innovation Day
In 1452, a man was born who would set the standard for what it meant to be a Renaissance man, excelling in both the arts and the sciences. He was involved with Invention, Mathematics, Music, Geology, Astronomy, Cartography, just to name a few. In just about anything he turned his mind or hand to, Leonardo Da Vinci made significant advances.
In fact, this man was seen as the utterly perfect example of a universal genius, and his logical approach to the world was truly advanced and unusual for his time. And although he was admittedly unique, that doesn’t mean others can’t take a cue from him and try to think in innovative ways as well.
“da Vinci was known for his Painting, Drawing, Engineering, Science, Sculpture and Architecture”
World Creativity and Innovation Day was established to encourage everyone to dig deep and find their own inner da Vinci. Some great ideas for engaging differently:
- Meet with different people: Join a book club, visit your local art gallery / museum or take a local community class.
- Understand a new culture: Visit or watch a documentary about another part of the world or research traditions from another country.
- Share your ideas: How could an idea benefit the local community or your business? Do you have a new idea for an employer or workspace?
Some 80 countries now participate with the first WCID celebrated on 21st April 2018. The idea was to raise awareness around the importance of using these things to solve problems with respect to advancing the United Nations sustainability development goals (also known as Global Goals). It was however, founded on 25th May 2001 in Toronto, Canada by resident Marci Segal. Marci studied Creativity in 1977 at the International Centre for Studies in Buffalo when she saw “Canada in Creative Crisis” hit the headlines.
“Wouldn’t it be great if people knew how to use their natural ability to generate new ideas and take action to achieve new outcomes to make the world better for all”
From there it spread to other countries including Bangkok, Netherlands and Brazil. In 2006, World Creativity & Innovation Day April 21, became World Creativity & Innovation Week 15th – 21st April. 2017 saw the involvement of the United Nations who observed the celebrations and problem-solving ideas and quickly related to their 2030 Sustainability Development Goals.
So, the big question for us at Stilo
What new ideas and creative innovation will you be engaging in this WCID
We’d love to hear what you get up to!