Special Shoutout to our Creatives

April 21st is designated as World Creativity and Innovation DAY (WCID) a special United Nations designation to raise the awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development. WCID was founded May 25th, 2001, in Toronto Canada, by Marci Segal. It was created with UN resolution 71/284 with the support of 80 countries. The first World Creativity and Innovation Day was celebrated on April 21, 2018.

The purpose for World Creativity & Innovation Day was, and still is, to remind and encourage people to use their creativity to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too.

April 21, the day before Earth Day, April 22, was chosen as World Creativity & Innovation Day to emphasize the importance of using new thinking to create a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.

April 21 is a placeholder in time to give people a reason and opportunity to use imagination productively, to release new thinking, and to celebrate that.

World Creativity and Innovation WEEK (WCID) is celebrated April 15-21.

World Creativity & Innovation Day extends to a weeklong celebration (WCIW), beginning on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15. People asked to extend their programs beyond one day. They wanted more time and permission to focus in on deliberately using creativity (new ideas, perspectives, decisions, actions, outcomes) and make something from it. “In the Bible, there are 7 days of creation,” someone from Brazil remarked. “We need 7 days also – to teach skills, have lectures, make meetings, explore diverse points of view in a safe space. Seven days. Please.”

In 2006, World Creativity & Innovation Day April 21, became World Creativity & Innovation Week April 15-21. Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, April 15, marks its beginning each year. Da Vinci demonstrates creativity as both arts and sciences – a synergy that earned him the spot as one of the most creative people to have ever lived.

Source: World Creative and Inspiration Week, history. https://wciw.org/history/