What is World Creativity and Innovation Day, and Why?
International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. On World Creativity and Innovation Day (#WCID), the world is invited to embrace the idea that innovation is the ongoing essential value for nations sustainable development. On individual level, this is an opportunity to give ourselves and our teams the space and time to be creative. An opportunity to release our creative capabilities and use the capacity that is already there.
How #WCID Got Started
World Creativity and Innovation Day (WCID) was founded on 25 May, 2001 in Toronto, Canada. The founder was the Canadian Marci Segal, who began studying creativity in 1977 at the International Center for Studies in Creativity. When the headline 'Canada in Creativity Crisis' appeared in the National Post, it was an article in which scientists and artists were debating who, of them, is more creative! She thought that this is the time for people to stop debating and use their natural capacities to generate new ideas, make new decisions, take new actions and achieve new outcomes, in order to make a better place in the world to live. And so, she decided to generate a World Creativity and Innovation Day in April 21st, and help creativity to be a mainstream activity instead of being marginalized.1
She organized the first Creativity and Innovation Day in April 2002. Following its success, several communities, countries from all over the world joined in celebrating it. In 2006, World Creativity and Innovation Day become a weeklong celebration (WCIW) that starts with Leonardo da Vinci's birthday, 15 April. He demonstrates creativity as both arts and sciences. The United Nations on 27 April, 2017 resolved to include World Creativity and Innovation Day on 21st of April as a Day of observance to raise importance among people about the use of their creativity in problem-solving for all issues that may be related to achieving the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore 21 April, World Creativity and Innovation Day become a United Nations International Day of Observance. And hence, 2018 marks the first year when the UN observed WCID.
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