To mark World Creativity Day, BSc Information Management for Business student Jake Osorio discusses the meaning of creativity and innovation to them and its integration within the UCL School of Management community.
World Creativity and Innovation Day
Celebrated on April 21st, World Creativity and Innovation Day serves as an acknowledgement and appreciation of the mass contributions posed by individuals and organisations alike in promoting creativity and innovation in their respective fields. From the “Elon Musks” of the world, to Alibaba, there are simply too many to name. Marie Curie is particularly inspiring to me, being both a physicist and chemist who discovered radium and polonium, and even being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
As UCL students, we are constantly encouraged to be creative and innovative in our approach to learning and problem-solving. Our numerous societies, events and educational provision are constantly changing, and evolving in the name of more technologically sound processes; creating positive multiplier effects for current and future students. Indeed, universities are the perfect breeding ground for creativity and innovation, as they provide an environment that fosters collaboration, experimentation, and exploration.
Those around me know that I am very passionate about start-ups and entrepreneurship and is often something I don’t stop rambling on about! To me, creating something of value that disrupts, improves or changes the norm while equally factoring in stakeholder needs (profitability and job creation for example) is really inspiring and motivating. This day puts me and many others on the map, where those who look to make the world a better place, through business, science or any other innovative means can be seen and celebrated together.
In conclusion, World Creativity and Innovation Day is an important and possibly underrated day. It provides individuals and organisations with an opportunity to explore new ideas, experiment with new technologies, and come up with innovative solutions to the world’s problems. As university students, we should embrace this day and use it as an opportunity to think, execute and develop ourselves, whether it is through our academic pursuits or our entrepreneurial endeavours. We should remember that creativity and innovation are essential for success in today’s rapidly changing world, and that by embracing these qualities, we can create a better future for ourselves and for the world around us.