Celebrate World Creativity & Innovation Week

By: Tina Shaffer

Creativity is in all of us. However, how many of us often get to chance to unleash our creative potential throughout the work week? Working at DI, I’m extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to do so every day, whether it’s through the blog, our social media, Global Finals planning, or the many program materials we use to help ensure more and more students around the globe have the chance to celebrate their creativity and unique strengths.

Like many of our other amazing DI staff members, I’m inspired every day because I have all of you. Not only do I have the opportunity to be wowed and inspired by the many tremendous, creative and courageous things DI-ers all across the world are doing, I have the opportunity to share your stories and inspire many others. (Today also marks my one year anniversary at DI, so I deserve to get a little sappy.)

Having said that… this week is World Creativity and Innovation Week! This worldwide event is a time to inspire new action, create novel ideas, make new decisions, and encourage people to use their creativity to make the world a better place. Founded in 2001, World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW) is now celebrated in more than 50 countries in businesses, schools, associations, organizations and communities celebrate the event every year.

Thanks to Emily Panasowich, DI’s amazing Director of Asian Operations, and our new friends at the Singapore Committee for UN Women, our organization will have the opportunity to do just that at the Women in STEM conference this Thursday, April 17. Through day camps and inspiring ambassadors, the goal of the conference is to show girls in Singapore that STEM can be fun and to encourage them enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

We don’t need to travel the globe, however, to participate in World Creativity and Innovation Week. This event is designed for anyone, anywhere at home, work or school.  

As volunteers, parents and DI supporters, you’re already heroes because your time in the creativity and innovation department doesn’t last for one week out of the year; it extends for several months year after year… and we can’t stress enough how grateful we are for all of your continued time and support!  

From now until next Monday, April 21, however, we invite you all to revel in an inspired moment of joy or two. Whether you want to organize an event on a local level, such as a neighborhood cleanup, break old cooking habits by whipping up a new, creative cuisine with a personal twist, or encourage your family members to dream about the greatest, most far reaching wish they can think of and then express it through a drawing or writing, there are many, many ways in which we can all celebrate this week. The World Creativity and Innovation Week website also has a variety of classroom activities that are perfect for educators who would like to celebrate this event with their students.

The possibilities are endless. We just need to use our imagination to energize our worlds.