Do you have to work with complex change? Do you find yourself torn between feeling "in control" (with plans, scripts, structures and pre-thought out routines) ... and "making it up, with others, as you go along"?
For change consultants, HR professionals, change agents and developers, working internally and externally in organisations, the capacity to work with authority and confidence on the boundary between planning and design, and emergence and responsiveness is critical to creating agility and locally owned change.
Whether you are facing a change agenda based on increasing speed and innovation, or more connected sense of engagement and presence (accountability, aliveness, customer responsiveness etc) ... underpinning it all is the human capacity to collaborate, co-create and retain a sense of presence and authority, while not dominating or controlling.
Lessons from comedy, theatre and jazz improvisation are proving to be incredibly useful in this context. An improviser on stage has no choice but to perform (for a paying audience) while creating and re-creating the performance itself “live” as an emergent flow between themselves and others. And there are some game-changing principles – “rules” and behaviours that make this not just possible – but a wonderfully professional, effective and nourishing way of working. And it can be learned as a life-enhancing skill.
Improvisation for Consultants 24th-25th April 2018 is a two day workshop led by Steve Chapman and Caryn Vanstone
... in which we will explore the idea that organisations are not things to be manipulated and controlled but complex, responsive social processes in which we participate and influence. This highly experiential workshop is an "on your feet" development process through which you will learn the core habits of improvisation in a safe and fun environment, with other like-minded practitioners. The work aims to develop your voice, confidence and sense of "status" and authority in a group while also helping you to feel increased comfort in drawing on, and collaborating with others.
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Central London venue, small group size, personal support and lots of energising and engaging fun!
... work is all centred on helping ‘stuck’ organisations discover new energy, engagement, innovation and speed – while growing their sense of accountability and ethical decision making. For Caryn, adult accountability comes as a result of freedom and responsibility – not in the absence of it (that is just compliance at best, and subversion at worst). So working to release people to make fast, disciplined, socially responsible and innovative decisions together is right at the essence of agile, cost-effective and sustainable organisations.
To this work Caryn brings a combination of deep study in psychology, sociology and applied neuro-science .. along with over 20 years of practical experience and experimentation in applied improvisation. 1n 1997 Caryn started working with Dr Frank Barrett and that took her into the world of Jazz. Since then she has trained in improvisation with Keith Johnstone (Loose Moose, Calgary), John Cremer (The Maydays, Brighton), Neil Mullarkey (The Comedy Store, London) and continues to work with jazz artists in collaboration with Improwise.
... is interested in spontaneity, creativity and being playful with not knowing. He specialises in crashing together ideas from the complexity sciences, Gestalt psychology and various therapeutic creative practices to help individuals and organisations navigate their way through change in a way that is more responsive, lively and innovative.
Steve has trained in improvisation with Keith Johnstone (Loose Moose, Calgary), John Cremer (The Maydays, Brighton), Neil Mullarkey (The Comedy Store, London) and the late Jason Chin (iO, Chicago) and in mask work with Steve Jarand, Trestle Theatre and Strangeface Theatre. He has also undertaken a foundation programme in Art Therapy. He is the author of “Can Scorpions Smoke? Creative Adventures in the Corporate World.”