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How To Tell A Story--Right Now--From A Master Of Improv. What we say matters a great deal, but so does what we don’t say. There are times when you just can’t afford to clam up when called upon to contribute. While it’s impractical to be forever armed with go-to stories on every conceivable topic—just in case your boss or a bridal party should parachute out of the sky, seeking your input—there are ways to prepare for off-the-cuff storytelling. If anyone knows the ins and outs of speaking extemporaneously, it’s Matt Besser. Along with Amy Poehler and Adam McKay, Besser is one of the original members of Upright Citizens Brigade, the improv and sketch troupe that eventually launched a show on Comedy Central, several theaters and schools, and also the careers of everyone from Ed Helms to Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover.

Besser also directed a movie recently, and he hosts a weekly improv podcast, called, simply, Improv4Humans. One of the longest-running shows at the UCB theatre in New York and Los Angeles is called ASSSSCAT. Know When to Hold Back. SYDNEY COMEDY MASTERCLASS « The Cheeky Monkey. A practical understanding of comedy is vital for any writer.

In this 2-day master class, one of Australia’s most successful comedians ‘unlocks the code’ to comedy writing. Tim Ferguson offers processes and insights necessary for professional screenwriters to expand their skills base into writing comedy for television and film. Despite what you might think, comedy is not a mysterious art. It is a craft based upon ancient principles. These principles are universally applied through all comedies. Every joke has a name. This revolutionary master class presents writers with practical processes to devise comic characters, conflict and stories. The course includes lectures, script analysis, workshopping and the viewing of excerpts from sitcoms and comedy films.

Narrative comedy is the world’s most popular and lucrative form of screenwriting. You’ll be writing comedy before you know it. WHEN: 22 Sep 2012 – 23 Sep 2012 9:00AM – 5:00PM (first session) 2 sessions, 16 hours total. The Science of How Music Enchants the Brain, Animated. The Second City Way Of Better Brainstorming. Have you ever called a brainstorming meeting, briefed your group on the topic, and given the greenlight for freeform discussion, only to be met by blank stares, tepid enthusiasm, and middle-of-the-road ideas? Thinking you've just lit the fuse for a thought explosion, this muted response can be a disappointment, to say the least. But it shouldn’t be. If your team isn't used to working without the safety net of careful preparation and scripted presentations, they have reason to be cautious.

They fear being judged, rejected, and---gasp--wrong. "People in business are taught to be right and they're rewarded throughout their careers for demonstrating that they are right," says Tom Yorton, CEO of Second City Communications, a branch of the Chicago-based The Second City (where comedians the likes of Steve Carell, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler trained). Second City Communications applies the wisdom gained through improv comedy to help companies be more innovative and creative with their thinking. Master Class: How to Develop Bits Like a Late Night Talk Show Writer. In the 1970s, if you wanted to have a laugh before drifting off to sleep, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was the only game in town, more or less.

With the advent of cable and DVR, and then Twitter and podcasts, modern audiences have since been inundated with options for their late-night fix of funny. As a result, those who currently work within the talk-show format are forced to find innovative ways to stay fresh and entice viewers back night after night, all while maintaining a consistent voice. It’s a difficult balancing act, but one pulled off with aplomb by comedians like Andres du Bouchet, who is a writer for TBS’s Conan. Du Bouchet started writing and performing comedy in New York in 1997, specializing in absurdist bits that succeeded on the strength of their own internal logic. His particular brand of alt-comedy eventually earned him a distinction as one of Time Out New York's Best Comedians of 2004. The Moment of Inspiration Thinking Ahead Is Part of Writing. Singing From the Inside Out – The Personal, the Public, The Private and The Penal: The Innovation Interview with Julian Arahanga, Rhuia Aperahama and Evan Rhys Davies.

Innovation and Inspiration can be sought, and found, in some of the most surprising places. Of course, it will come as no surprise to regular readers of the ‘Capital I’ Innovation Series, that I am a firm believe in the necessity of innovation in all things, be it in art, technology, science, education or social sciences. I shall be ever grateful to my Kiwi connection, Steve Gray, for introducing me to ‘Songs From the Inside,’ a music therapy programme in New Zealand, which brings established musicians into the Rimutaka and Arohata correction facilities to teach songwriting to prisoners.

Though music therapy is used in correctional facilities worldwide, this is the first time established musicians have been brought in and the program recorded for public viewing. Songs From the Inside <p>JavaScript required to play <a hreflang="en" type="video/mp4" href=" From the Inside</a>. </p> Congratulations on the project! And you did! Arts and Crafts: Keys to Scientific Creativity.

Over the course of a career , what makes one scientist more successful than another? The Scientist Project, a longitudinal study of a diverse set of scientists, revealed an unsuspected secret: arts and crafts hobbies. In 1958, UCLA psychologist Bernice Eiduson recruited forty young scientists from the Los Angeles area, mainly at UCLA and CalTech, who agreed to undergo a battery of psychological and IQ tests every five years for an indefinite period. The scientists also agreed to interviews about their work habits, career aspirations, successes and failures, cultural activities, and so forth. Statistics on their publications and citations were gathered as well. Within twenty years it was clear that the Scientist Project might indeed reveal some secrets of great science.

Extracting those clues from the data, however, proved difficult. . • have one or more avocations (some as many as a dozen!) • cite ways in which their avocations promoted their scientific work; and. What Improv Teaches Us About Creativity | Moments of Genius. The most important rule in improvisation comedy is the idea of agreement, the notion that a scene flourishes when all the players accept anything that happens to them. Improv isn’t about wisecracks and one-liners. It’s about creating a structure where characters and narratives are quickly created, developed, sometimes forgotten and other times resolved. With just a tip-bit – usually a one-word suggestion at the beginning of the show - good improvisers generate compelling and captivating stories that engage the audience.

Comedy is the natural byproduct. The question, of course, is how do they do it? Consider a study conducted several years ago out of Johns Hopkins University by neuroscientist Charles Limb. The key finding involved the DLPFC. In a study with similar implications, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago examined the relationship between alcohol and creativity. Crab Sauce Pine The answer, if you don’t have it already, is “Apple.” Why?


Dance your Powerpoint or PhD. How to Stay Creative at Any Age. Visual Thinking « The Multidisciplinarian. Do you think in words – or in pictures? Various communities use the term visual thinking in different but related ways. Thinking about pictures, communicating with pictures, advertisement and propaganda, visualization of data, and storyboarding share this concept. Football coaches, branding experts, math gurus and choreographers think and communicate in pictures.

Visual Thinking champions, like XPlane founder Dave Gray, make an excellent case that everyone else should learn to do the same. Do a web search on visual thinking and you’ll find that most of the results apply to visual learning, a closely related concept. The term visual thinking appears often in the study of art – particularly ancient art. Art historians observe that what we see – or how we interpret what we see – is controlled by our culture. Most of us consider seeing an essentially biological and “natural” process. Alex Osterwalder conducting a business model innovation session. A business model is a system. Like this: The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction. Anne Murphy Paul: Lessons on Creativity from Jazz Greats. The improvisational flights of jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane are so transporting that they can seem almost otherworldly — especially when the listener is aware that these musicians weren’t following any score, but were making up their riffs in the moment.

New research on what happens in the brain when we improvise, however, is showing that it is very much an earthbound activity, grounded in the same neural processes at play in every one of us when we engage in spontaneous self-expression, like a conversation with a friend. “Creativity is far from a magical event of unexpected random inspiration,” wrote researchers Charles Limb and Mónica López-González in an article published in the journal Cerebrum last month. “Instead, it is a mental occurrence that results from the application of ordinary cognitive processes.” (MORE: Paul: Why Morning Routines Are Creativity Killers) (MORE: Paul: Speaking Thark: What Invented Languages Can Teach Us) MORE: Forgetful? Let's save millions: What's your 100 hour challenge? {*style:<b> Changes happen all the time in schools. But, in the same way as it’s hard to realise that the flight you’re on is moving swiftly through the air until either all 24,000 kms are up, I think change in education often goes unseen.

And those iterative changes cost a lot of dosh . I reckon this lack of marking time could be costing us millions of education dollars, pounds and euros, but could be resolved by every teacher undertaking one simple challenge. </b>*} Why is marking time on our learning important? Research proves that most professional development does very little developing at all, since we rarely do anything significant with the input and conversations we have: Professional Development - A great way to avoid change is a pretty seminal paper in that respect (pdf).

This is serious. I had thought years ago that all schools, once a year, could aspire to achieve 100 innovations in 100 days . {*style:<i><b>. </i>*} Killer Marathon Lifestreaming teaching. Your Brain at Work. Super 8 Lessons in How to Be More Creative from Spielberg and Abrams. Rob McHugh. Our Manifesto. Education is what someone tells you to do. Learning is what you do for yourself. The traditional way of education forces square pegs into round holes. It's a one-size-fits-all solution that forces people down a predetermined path. Our mission is simple. Reunite learning with education and make it accessible to every single person on this planet. Learning has no roadblocks, prescribed paths, tests, quizzes, or outdated majors and degrees. Teachers are passionate. Learn by Doing Rather than memorize equations for a test, learn by taking action.

Your statement of accomplishment no longer needs to be a degree, certificate, or stamp of approval. Proof of learning is in progress and action. Everyone is a Teacher You can learn from anyone – which means we’re all teachers. Why teach? Learning Can Happen Anywhere Our cities are our best and biggest campuses, and any address can be a classroom. We Can Change Education The world’s most abundant resources are excess knowledge and skills. How to turn your creative online platform into an art* Art isn’t only a painting.

Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator. What makes someone an artist? I don’t think it has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. Strange concept, developing an audience before you have something to sell. Maybe it makes perfect sense, if you tilt your head and shift your angle. When you’re randomly shoving your book in people’s faces, what are the odds that that particular reader is going to be your right reader? There’s an element of subjectivity to art. Maybe you can’t truly sell or market your work online. You create, online, a sense of who you are and what you stand for as an artist.

You put yourself out there to be found. You see yourself reflected back in them. This is known as a bond. This is known as a sense of authenticity. Or not. It’s a process.