International Creativity and Innovation Day

Today, 21 April, we are celebrating International Creativity and Innovation Day, and we want to sustain raising awareness around the importance of creativity and innovation. The day was created with the support of 80 countries. The first World Creativity and Innovation Day were celebrated on April 21, 2018. History of World Creativity and 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. World Creativity and Innovation Day were established to encourage everyone to dig deep and find their own inner da Vinci. With efforts supported by the United Nations, World Creativity and Innovation Day encourage every individual to imagine what it would be like to live in a better world with different solutions and more cooperation.  Creativity and innovation in problem-solving There may be no universal understanding of creativity. The concept is open to interpretation from artistic expression to problem-solving in the context of economic, social, and sustainable development. Therefore, the United Nations designated 21 April as World Creativity and Innovation Day to raise the awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.

How do we celebrate World Creativity and Innovation Day?

 1. Generate Ideas That Solve Problems 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. 2. Meet with Different People • Join a book club at the library and discuss a book that might not normally be on the top of your reading list. Be sure to be an avid listener. • Become part of a community effort that is outside the typical charity involvement for you and learn why this effort is so important to them. • Find cultural events advertised in the local newspaper or online. Join in and learn more by giving compliments, showing interest, and asking questions. • Take a local community education class. These might be advertised at the library or on a community website. This not only helps to learn a new skill, craft, or hobby but allows for getting to know people who are outside of the groups you might ordinarily meet with. 3. Share Innovative Ideas Got an idea for your local town or municipality? Send the suggestion to them and let them know how it could benefit others in the community. Got a new idea for the employer or workplace? Inform a supervisor or boss and see what they have to say about implementing these creative solutions. 4. Visit a New Culture Sometimes, innovation and creativity come from seeing something from across the world that could be done better in our little corner. Learning about the way different people groups and cultures across the globe do things can help not only foster respect for others but also generate incredible ideas. Whether just “visiting” by watching a documentary or actually going to a new place, this will help to promote creativity and innovation. World Creativity and Innovation Day could be the day that can set the world on a whole new path! Quotes for International creativity and innovation day “Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart.” — Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BCE “No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.” — Sir Isaac Newton “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” — Chuck Close, artist “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” — Albert Einstein



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