Here’s an amazing piece on innovation and collaboration. A talk by Stephen Johnson.
The narrative that Dr. Hunt wove from his years of research on the island turned out to be quite different. Strangely, at the beginning of his research, he truly believed he was merely going to catalog the evidence that was going to support the assumptions of previous researchers who had proposed the human driven ecological collapse. A different picture began to emerge.
Improvised Theater has no script. No one made a map, and no one gets a moment to plan. That’s fine; I hate memorizing anyway, but how the heck are we just going to make up a scene both worthy of doing and worthy of being watched? All we have to do is be funny, isn’tContinue reading “‘Yes And’ for Newbies”
“For the first time we may be moving towards a sharing of cultural experiences, the manifold “forms of objectivated mind” restored through performance to something like their pristine affectual contouring. This may be a humble step for mankind away from the destruction that surely awaits our species if we continue to cultivate deliberate mutual misunderstandingContinue reading “On the Road to a New Ethnography: Anthropology, Improvisation and Performance”
It seems that there are two professional communities who are focused on organizational, cultural, and policy development that are unaware or uninformed about one another. Applied Anthropologists have been in the realm of development formally for over 50 years utilizing ethnographic techniques to learn about peoples’ lives and communities in order to create and administerContinue reading “Applied Anthropology meets Applied Improvisation”
If you were stuck on a desert island with only one other person, would you rather be on an island with someone who was far too serious and seemed to have no interest in or understanding of ‘you’, or would you rather be with someone who has an engaged interest in your shared fate andContinue reading “A Tool for Understanding Humor and Empathy”
When it came down to it, mother nature laid the smackdown on early Homo Sapiens. We arrive in the archeological record about 200,000 years ago. About 90,000 years ago, Africa’s climate became extremely arid in a very short time leading to a resource crisis. No food and no water means no surviving for many ofContinue reading “Improvisation: the Original Survival Tool”
Tonight was the sixth of seven classes in the Brody’s Level 1 improv class. At the end of my classes, I spend some time doing a debrief about what was helpful in that class. People were sharing their thoughts, and a couple of my students wanted to comment. They were both teachers. One used someContinue reading “When Work Pays Off”
I’ve had a growing interest in design since my partner is finishing his degree in Product Design. This is a distillation of an earlier paper that I wrote when I was working on getting an internship at Ziba Design here in Portland. It’s only 6 pages. Click the link below. Read, enjoy, discuss and feelContinue reading “Long-Form Improvisation as a Design Process”
As the elections near and the rhetoric escalates to a fever pitch, it seems like the country is turning into a place driven by high school level diplomacy.