Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Yesbody ... and the power of improvisation

I really like this cartoon by Rick Detorie:



And this delightful idea of "yesbody" reminds me of one of the great rules of improv: "not Yes, but ... Yes, AND." You can learn more about the power of improvisation in this article at MindShift: How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond.

A quote from the article: “Improv says yes to the idea of ideas,” [Deana Criess, director of ImprovBoston’s National Touring Company] says. Not every original thought will turn into the next invention, but offshoots of that first idea may lead to better ones, she explains. “Let’s agree to have ideas,” she says. “And set up a culture where risks are encouraged, and greeted positively and with respect.”

In the cartoon above, for example, the answer is not correct in terms of a dictionary-correct answers, but it is a great piece of improvisation! :-)

(Illustration by Bauke Schildt)

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