Monday, April 4, 2011
Sound like fun?
This "improvisational challenge" is an example of what my daughter, Miss M (grade 5) and four of her friends got to do this weekend with a very cool program called "Destination ImagiNation."
As you back slowly out of the room, consider this: Life is one big improv challenge.
We really have no way of knowing exactly what may happen next in our lives, what "tools" we may need to use or what unexpected problems may be thrown at us.
Okay, so most likely we won't grow a tail. (Though there was that one time in '92 with the tequila shots.) Anyhoo...
Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to and meeting Pamela Meyer, author of Workplace to Playspace: Innovating, Learning and Changing Through Dynamic Engagement. Her talk was about using a specific set of strategies to develop organizational capacity. However, it really got me thinking about the connection between improv and personal capacity.
As you can imagine, her ideas really resonated with me (especially the one about confidence.) Furthermore, its clear that these things become increasingly important in a world which is changing exponentially and on so many levels.
Thinking about my own experiences, I might actually add one more to her list. I know - who the hell do I think I am, right?
Thinking about what makes a successful improv performance group, there's a certain "go with the flow" that just works. You know it's unscripted but somehow a cohesive story emerges with a clear beginning, middle and end. Magic.