World Creativity and Innovation Week

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” — Leonardo da Vinci

The painter.
The writer.
The chef.
The gardener.
The poet.

The Universe is in OUR hands…and what a better day to celebrate it than April 15—Leonardo’s birthday!

Born 559 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci’s genius—his creativity—still guides and motivates us today!

Who cannot be inspired looking at the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, or the myriad of detailed and notated illustrations that crowd his journals and notebooks? Leonardo was “one of the great masters of the High Renaissance, who was also celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist….His innovations in the field of painting influenced the course of Italian art for more than a century after his death, and his scientific studies—particularly in the fields of anatomy, optics, and hydraulics—anticipated many of the developments of modern science,” writes the Web Gallery of Art.

It’s that vast evidence of one man’s inspiration that fueled the fires for World Creativity and Innovation Week. This 10-year old project is celebrated every year in more than 40 countries around the globe, and begins today.

It’s goal? “To encourage and engage people all over the world to use their creativity to make the world a better place and to make their place in the world better too, without causing harm.”


April 15 – April 21, 2011

Will you participate with me? Do something creative? Incorporate a little innovation into your week?

There are some great ways to play along on the World Creativity and Innovation Week website. Or check out these ideas from WCIW founder Marci Segal’s website.

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” — Leonardo da Vinci

So what will you do? I’d love you to share it here!

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Image: Study of Arms and Hands, da Vinci, c. 1474

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