Today is “World Creativity and Innovation Day”

Dear Readers and Followers:

How are you being creative on World Creativity and Innovation Day? That’s today!

Here is some background on this designated day:

I quote a passage from the link above that I find interesting:

Creativity and Culture

woman with camera
UNESCO’s International Fund for Culture and Diversity funds indigenous filmmakers in Brazil.

The creative economy –which includes audiovisual products, design, new media, performing arts, publishing and visual arts– is a highly transformative sector of the world economy in terms of income generation, job creation and export earnings. Culture is an essential component of sustainable development and represents a source of identity, innovation and creativity for the individual and community. At the same time, creativity and culture have a significant non-monetary value that contributes to inclusive social development, to dialogue and understanding between peoples.

Enjoy this day and ponder creativity each day, or when you can.


Charlotte Digregorio, Author

Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing

Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All

and other books!


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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4 Responses to Today is “World Creativity and Innovation Day”

  1. haikutec says:

    Very early on, before any other haiku sites made any announcements during the outset of covid-19, before social distancing etc… Karen put out this announcement on our homepage. Here is an abbreviated version:

    During Covid-19
    We have now completed our re-hash of Call of the Page’s online offerings during the Covid-19 outbreak. We’ve gone two ways – a structure for writing our way weekly through the pandemic over the coming months, called, literally “Writing Through It”. More info and booking here, if you are able to join us for some time-defining writing.

    We’ve asked our newsletter subscribers for nominations of people who would greatly benefit from an outreach place on our courses currently.

    Our Writing Through It has been incredibly popular, and some people have paid so that more isolated people could have outreach from us.

    “Writing Through It is a real-time response to experiences of the coronavirus pandemic as we live it. Multiple pieces of writing will be produced over the course, choosing across a variety of forms of short poetry and/or prose, including (but not limited to!) the Japanese forms in which Call of the Page specialises. ”

    We’ve been working all hours since the pandemic, and we love supporting creativity!

    warm regards,
    co-founder, Call of the Page

  2. aloha Charlotte. i was slightly taken by surprise by this. i did not have pre-thought-out plans. so i had to find out as the day galloped along.

    one thought was to figure out a way to post haiku on the house where it is nearest the street. i still haven’t figured a good way yet, so that’s still on a side burner. it could still happen.

    a number of worldly things bumped some of my plans, however by the end of the day, i wrote haiku (without the app i mention below) and drew, in one of two sketchbooks i swap back and forth with my son.

    also, i played on an app that helps people write haiku by counting syllables. it’s a simple thing. it was free. it’s geared to 575, however works well with modern non-575 haiku too. so i had to see how it worked. I’m hesitant to name it. I’m sure you can find it, if you really want it—or i get humorous requests for it. it’s not really how i write haiku, i just wanted to see what was out there.

    i think i fell a bit short on this day. that happens now and then to most of us i suspect. still today, the next day, i get to try again.

    be safe, be well, keep laughing.

    aloha rick.

    okay, okay, one of the ku i wrote on the app:

    earth day
    how far the planet has reset
    under coronavirus

    i was forward thinking to today. the app is called “haiku” although in the app store it had another word slightly with it that i don’t see on the app itself. it might be “ihaiku” as in “i haiku”.

    looking at apps I’m more interested in, recently i found a great app on Josef Albers focused on his book “Interaction of Color” which appears to be excellent if you are slightly deep into color. there is a free version, however i got the $14 version, and for me, it’s well worth it. it puts into words things i know, yet find difficult to find words for.

    i wasn’t particularly innovative, although i still explored creativity in my own ways. thank you for asking because it did keep me thinking in good directions. aloha r.

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