AIN 2022 Virtual Conference EST (UTC -5) Schedule

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The Zoom link to join is the same for a block of sessions. Next to the title of the presenter names below, you will find the zoom stream link for that session. Zoom links go live 24 hours before the conference starts!

Wednesday, November 16th EST Schedule

Thursday, November 17th EST Schedule

Friday, November 18th EST Schedule

Saturday, November 19th EST Schedule


Wednesday, November 16th 2022

EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST - New York, USA)

SESSION TIME PRESENTER(s) & TITLE
10am–10:30am EST Welcome Ceremony - Click Stream One Zoom link

11am–12:30pm EST

KEYNOTE–Matt Weinstein - Click Stream One Zoom link
Building A Play Community
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1pm–2pm EST

Marisa Cohen - Click Stream One Zoom link
Improve Through Improv: The Application of Improv to Group Therapy
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2:15pm–3:15pm EST

Nathan Minns - Click Stream One Zoom link
Improve through Entrepreneurship: Creating, Creativity, and Resilience
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3:30pm–4pm EST

Nicola Pauling - Click Stream One Zoom link
Applied Performance for those living with Dementia.
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4:45pm–6:15pm EST

KEYNOTE–Jeanne Lambin - Click Stream One Zoom link
How Is That Possible!? Attention, Intention, Wonder, and the Power of Applied Improvisation
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7pm–7:50pm EST

Dale Placek - Click Stream One Zoom link
"Embracing the Uncertainty": An Exploratory Case Study of Improvisation-Based Teacher Professional Development
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8pm–9:30pm EST

Asia Pacific Open Space - Click the Registration Zoom link
Registration link, separate from our conference Zoom links. Registration takes one-minute to join.
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9:45pm– 11:30pm EST

Ana Sousa Gavin - Click Stream One Zoom link
How Does Public Speaking Coaching Session Look Like?
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WEDNESDAY, NOV 16 DETAILS

Matt Weinstein - Building A Play Community

Description: At the beginning of any conference, it is important for the attendees to meet each other in a fun way that facilitates the formation of a learning community that is also a play community. In this joyful, interactive session you will learn the theory and practice of forming and re-forming play groups online. You will meet many of your fellow conference attendees through an ever-changing series of joy-filled experiences, and you will learn a variety of fun activities you can share online or in person with your own teams and clients. Come prepared to have some serious fun!

Marisa Cohen - Improve Through Improv: The Application of Improv to Group Therapy

Description: Improv requires players, or improvisers, to be spontaneous, creative, and present. These skills lead to the creation of a collaborative scene that can delight both the audience and the improvisers themselves. Beyond the enjoyment associated with this art form, improv also been shown to enhance inter- and intrapersonal skills. As such, it has been used within business, education, and healthcare settings. This talk will examine the principles governing the creation and building of an improv scene with others, as well as the psychological principles associated with it. Additionally, the research surrounding the multitude of benefits conferred to those engaging in improv will be discussed. Finally, the connection between improv and therapeutic practice will be highlighted, and a series of group activities will be presented, connecting the theory and research to applied practice.

Nathan Minns - Improve through Entrepreneurship: Creating, Creativity, and Resilience 

Description: We’ll explore how together, through applied improv, we can enhance our creativity and resilience to become better entrepreneurs. As a 3x entrepreneur, I designed these activities to isolate the skills to enhance creativity and resilience in life as an entrepreneur. We’ll do exercises to show how we can lean on our team and learn to blow past obstacles. We’ll become more comfortable with change, think outside the box, and tackle problems together as entrepreneurs.

Nicola Pauling - Applied Performance for those living with Dementia.

Description: Fresh off the back of a pilot program exploring the use of applied performance where exercises are swapped out for open scenes, and one facilitator becomes a small team of scene partners. This pilot supported people to effortlessly become performers. I speak about why we did this, what worked, what didn't, and what's next.

Jeanne Lambin - How Is That Possible!? Attention, Intention, Wonder, and the Power of Applied Improvisation

Description: What are the wondrous quirks of being human that make it possible for us to improvise? How has this ability to improvise appeared over the years? As we move into the 21st century, how can the power of intentional improvisation be leveraged to transform our own lives and the lives of others? Join Jeanne Lambin and explore these questions and more in this inspiring and engaging, and interactive look at the power of improvisation as a tool for change and transformation. This is the first of a two-part series: for those interested in doing a deeper dive, you can join the follow-up workshop, Designing Your Improvised Life, to bring the power of intentionality and applied improvisation to life design.

Dale Placek - "Embracing the Uncertainty": An Exploratory Case Study of Improvisation-Based Teacher Professional Development

Description: While many education researchers have characterized the impromptu nature of classroom teaching as improvisation, few studies of teacher education or professional development (PD) have examined the potential of improvisation workshops for equipping teachers to face unforeseen classroom moments productively. In this session, I will present my recently-completed dissertation research wherein I designed, implemented, and conducted a qualitative case study of an improvisation-based professional development experience (the PIPD) for a group of nine high school teachers. 
This dissertation has implications for research, teaching, teacher education, and professional development, and joins a body of now-quickly-growing research across many fields that supports Tint, McWaters, and Van Driel’s (2015) assertion that applied improvisation is “consistently transformative and successful.” Further, it seeks to respond to their call for “rigorous and structured research to ground the findings in larger, evidence-based processes” (p. 73). 

Asia Pacific Open Space

Registration link, separate from our conference Zoom links! Registering using this link gets you registered for both sessions! Click here to register!

Description: Play games, practice using zoom, meet-up with your friends, brainstorm, and whatever else you'd like to offer and enjoy. At the start we will hear from people offering topics and create breakout rooms for these topics. If additional topics emerge we will add those rooms. Everyone will be able to move between topic rooms throughout the open space time. Everyone is welcome to play and/or offer topics. 

Ana Sousa Gavin - How Does Public Speaking Coaching Session Look Like?

Description: I would love to share an example of my typical public speaking coaching sessions to get feedback from other applied improv practitioners. I will coach one participant volunteer live for 45min and then have a feedback discussion with all the participants for about 15 min. In case the group is bigger than 6 people, we could create breakout rooms to allow for several reflective discussions simultaneously. The volunteer must be willing to share in front of an audience a personal goal he or she has for their public speaking skills. He/she must be willing to engage in the games and have space to move where he/she is. As a participant, you will get ideas on how to lead a coaching session yourself, using your applied improvisation knowledge, as well as share suggestions with the speaker and other participants. This is meant to be a fun time in a safe space where we want to help each other grow in a supportive way.

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Thursday, November 17th 2022

EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST - New York, USA)

SESSION TIME PRESENTER(s) & TITLE
4:30am–6am EST

Jessica Breitenfeld - Click Stream Two Zoom link
Your LinkedIn Profile. Sell Improv Better.
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6:15am–7:30am EST

Terje Brevik Click Stream Two Zoom link 
The High Five method!
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7:45am–8:45am EST

Paul Z Jackson Click Stream Two Zoom link
Inspirational Facilitator Masterclass – The Toughest Challenges
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8:45am–9:15am EST

Paul Z Jackson Click Stream Two Zoom link
At last – an Applied Improvisation Magazine. The story so far, and how you can join in
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9:30am–10am EST

Magnus Florin Click Stream Two Zoom link
The story we share an anthropological study of theater improv or how to save the world.
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10am–12pm EST

AINx Watch Party! Featuring Brent Darnell Click AINx Watch Party Zoom link
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12:15pm–1:15pm EST

Bradley Waters Click Stream Two Zoom link
Re-imagining Computer-based Work
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1:30pm–2pm EST

Alison Gitelson - Click Stream Two Zoom link
Applied improv – a powerful tool to ‘Yes and’ your toolbox
(Click here to learn more)

2:15pm–4:15pm EST

Keynote–Jeanne Lambin Click Stream Two Zoom link
Designing Your Improvised Life
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5pm–6pm EST

Dorothea Deley Click Stream Two Zoom link
Look for the Kindness: It’s All Around Us!
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6:15pm–7:15pm EST Susan Pope Click Stream Two Zoom link
How Not to Re-traumatize Traumatized People while doing Applied Improvisation with them
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THURSDAY, NOV 16 DETAILS 

Jessica Breitenfeld - Your LinkedIn Profile. Sell Improv Better.

Description: Get better at utilizing LinkedIn as a marketing platform. Even the best storyteller will benefit from these tips to use clients language, identify your niche, use trending hashtags, grab attention on your posts, and intrigue in the About me section. From the LinkedIn Queen - you are sure to feel empowered to post more. 

Terje Brevik - The High Five method!

Description: Do you find it difficult to define your services in a way that makes sense to others? Is it hard to narrow down the answer to what you do in one sentence instead of seventeen? The High Five Method (H5M) is an easy way to define what you, based on whom you're talking to. It comes with practical tools and an easy-to-use methodology for you to highlight your knowledge and experience, in advance or in the moment. A high five is all you need! 

Paul Z Jackson - Inspirational Facilitator Masterclass – The Toughest Challenges

Description: When facilitators gather together they reveal the questions they really want to ask and share their toughest challenges. And - on a good day – they come up with practical answers. That’s what will happen if you join us for this 60-minute Zoom webinar. We’ll gather facilitators’ biggest challenges and harness our resources to tackle them. 

Paul Z Jackson - At last – an Applied Improvisation Magazine. The story so far, and how you can join in

Description: Introduction to the creation of the AIM - Applied Improvisation Magazine. What's happening so far, and how you can join in to contribute, as writer, editor, artist or improviser. 

Magnus Florin - The story we share an anthropological study of theater improv or how to save the world.

Description: A lecture based on my bachelor thesis in social anthropology where I interviewed 8 extremely experienced improvisers from different cultures about when improv is at its best. I asked them to describe that experience. And what happens with your perception of self at that moment. And the results are unanimous and holds clues to how we create knowledge and shows that theatre improv can almost be regarded as a rebellious movement towards the times and systems we're living in. 

AINx Watch Party! Featuring Brent Darnell

Description: How to Manage Stress – Brent Darnell
Join hosts Per Rasmussen and Ellen Schnur for 90 minutes of highlights, discussion and activities from Brent Darnell’s 2021 AIN Online Conference Session.
This session will explore the concept of stress and its effects and how to deal with them effectively using improv concepts and interactive learning. We will offer our Body Battery Inventory that measures stressors versus recovery activities and offer skills such as proper breathing, mindfulness, meditation, and silence as ways to recover from the stressors in your life. 

Bradley Waters - Re-imagining Computer-based Work

Description: Session will focus on the following topic: Drawing on the world of AI (& more!), how might we design new routines & habits of virtual and computer-based work, so that office-workers can thrive (physically, mentally, & emotionally)? Session would start with simple warm-up & activities, then shift into short brain-storming rounds in small groups, ending with a 'presentation' of top ideas. Ideally we could use a virtual whiteboarding tool and breakout rooms for this. 

Alison Gitelson - Applied improv – a powerful tool to ‘Yes and’ your toolbox

Description: Do you need to be applied improvisation facilitator? Or can you be a workshop facilitator with many tools including applied improvisation? My journey into the world of applied improvisation is proof that without any stage improv experience, and without dropping your current facilitation tools, you can incorporate applied improvisation into your work for all of its many benefits. And the participants may never know they’ve played with improv, or they will – depends on what you want to tell them. For the benefit of people new to our work I’d like to share some stories of how I’ve integrated applied improvisation into my work; in settings from corporate, to non-profit, to community; for purposes from leadership and teaming growth, to processing change, to bringing opposing communities together. And then we can share together how you are integrating applied improvisation into your work, or where you’d like to do so, and encourage you to experiment. 

Keynote–Jeanne Lambin - Designing Your Improvised Life

Description: What are the wondrous quirks of being human that make it possible for us to improvise? How has this ability to improvise appeared over the years? As we move into the 21st century, how can the power of intentional improvisation be leveraged to transform our own lives and the lives of others? Join Jeanne Lambin and explore these questions and more in this inspiring and engaging, and interactive look at the power of improvisation as a tool for change and transformation. This is the first of a two-part series: for those interested in doing a deeper dive, you can join the follow-up workshop, Designing Your Improvised Life, to bring the power of intentionality and applied improvisation to life design. 

Dorothea Deley - Look for the Kindness: It's All Around Us!

Description: We live in stressful times — just glance at the day’s news headlines. Without realizing it, our nervous systems may be stuck in one of the stress responses: Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn. This affects our brain’s ability to see the world — and other people — clearly. When we train ourselves to look for kindness, we will see it all around us. This simple mindset shift brings more joy and connection to our lives, and an optimism we need if we want to affect change. Join us live if you can — it’ll be more fun! 

Susan Pope - How Not to Re-traumatize Traumatized People while doing Applied Improvisation with them

Description: What is the likelihood of inadvertently re-traumatizing a trauma survivor? Or triggering them? And what's the difference? This workshop will address these and other questions. Susan will share how an improvisational theatre devising process tapped into her own trauma experience. And she will draw on her work in mental health to lead an improvisational exploration of trauma and the brain. 

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST - New York, USA)

SESSION TIME PRESENTER(s) & TITLE
4am–6am EST Johanna de Ruyter and Sophia van Ruth - Click Stream Three Zoom link

Releasolution - an embodied and emergent process to sense-making.
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7am–7:45am EST

Gabe Mercado Click Stream Three Zoom link
Applied Improvisation in A Youth Maker Space: The VIVITA Philippines Experience
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9:45am–10:45am EST

Matt Tolliver Click Stream Three Zoom link
Utilizing Applied Improvisation to Develop Cognitive Complexity
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11am–12pm EST

Emily Harris Click Stream Three Zoom link
Spirited Fun Improv for ADHD Women
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1pm–2pm EST

Cathy Towers Click Stream Three Zoom link
YOUR BODY, YOUR BAROMETER
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2:15pm–3:45pm EST

Marc Levine Click Stream Three Zoom link
Achieve your goals leveraging AI (Applied Improv) and AI (Appreciative Inquiry)
(Click here to learn more)

4pm–5pm EST

Ellen Schnur, Beth Boynton, and Jim Mecir Click Stream Three Zoom link
Medical Improv - An Interprofessional Collaboration for Interprofessional Faculty & Students
(Click here to learn more)

5:15pm–6:15pm EST

Sloane Miller Click Stream Three Zoom link
Improvise Your Story: A Writing Workshop
(Click here to learn more)

6:30pm–7:30pm EST

Bright Su Click Stream Three Zoom link
3D facilitation technique
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7:30pm–8pm EST

Anne Veal, Rashad Donaldson, and Emma Supica Click Stream Three Zoom link
Improv Serving Communities - Diversifying Improv by Addressing Community Needs
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8pm–9:30pm EST 

Asia Pacific Open Space - Click the Registration Zoom link
Registration link, separate from our conference Zoom links. Registration takes one minute to join.
(Click here to learn more)

 

FRIDAY, NOV 18 DETAILS 

Johanna de Ruyter and Sophia van Ruth - Releasolution - an embodied and emergent process to sense-making.

Description: Johanna de Ruyter and Sophia van Ruth are improvisers committed to broadening how we connect and communicate, to invite ways to open other pathways that move us beyond a reductionist rational approach to sense-making. Moving away from the culturally entrenched cerebral communication process and shifting into embodied awareness through engaging the body and movement, we access a wider field of knowledge. We get an opportunity to loosen our attachment to past habits of making sense to see other possibilities and insights by following the impulsive, the sensual, and the playful. In this workshop, we will engage within the spontaneous moment by prioritizing the body moving through a range of embodiment processes. We will invite participants to hold a field of inquiry, be it a future dream, a question about work, or a relationship, and explore this through an emergent, embodied process loosening our patterned ways of sense-making. 

Gabe Mercado - Applied Improvisation in A Youth Maker Space: The VIVITA Philippines Experience

Description: Veteran applied improviser Gabe Mercado set up VIVISTOP Baguio, a free maker space for kids in the Philippines. Applied improvisation principles are used extensively in this self-directed learning space dedicated to accelerate creativity for kids aged 8-15. 

Matt Tolliver - Utilizing Applied Improvisation to Develop Cognitive Complexity

Description: The counseling profession describes cognitive complexity (CC) as: the ability to absorb, differentiate, integrate, and make use of multiple perspectives leading to more critical and creative ways of thinking and behaving. Through my dissertation research, I sought to investigate the use of AI in the development of graduate-level counselors-in-training (CC) at an R1 public university. While the results were not statistically significant, my research has opened the door to further quantitative studies looking to investigate CC and AI. 

Emily Harris - Spirited Fun Improv for ADHD Women

Description: Improvisational Theatre (Improv) games are an ideal way to refresh our bodies, minds, and spirits after a long period of solo concentration. We circle up, we stretch, we throw imaginary balls across the circle to someone we don’t yet know, and we sing. Mostly we forget that we don't socialize well and start to play with those to our left, to our right, and across the circle. Improv games are ideal for those of us with short attention spans. Games are played in the moment. For the moment. Then we move on to the next moment and the next game. Improv doesn’t require anyone to fit in - only to show up, say yes to someone else’s suggestions for the length of a one - two minute game or scene. Regular practice encourages our natural curiosity, fortifies our shaky confidence, and creates friendships that push our comfort zone just far enough out to begin to invite others in. 

Cathy Towers - YOUR BODY, YOUR BAROMETER

Description: The body does not lie. It is a precise barometer of how you are, and how those around you are too. Your mirror neurons, which pick up sensations of others, may result in you taking personally that which does not belong with you. Becoming more conscious of your body is a great way to explore how to untangle yourself from stressful relationship dynamics, improve your wellbeing, clarify boundaries, grow confidence and express more assertively. We will include some fun ways for dealing with anxiety and freezing, but essentially I believe this is about learning to trust your body, which in turns helps us to know who and what we can trust outside of ourselves, reclaiming a natural intuition. 

Marc Levine - Achieve your goals leveraging AI (Applied Improv) and AI (Appreciative Inquiry)

Description: Setting and achieving goals can feel exciting or often daunting and overwhelming. You start with great intentions and then get side-tracked. It becomes difficult to reconnect and build momentum. Cue in Applied Improv and Appreciative Inquiry. Using these two powerful methods, you will discover unique ways to actually accomplish your goals. In this highly experiential workshop, we will leverage dynamic, playful, and non-linear tools to kick-start reconnection and create next steps towards a goal. You will surprise yourself while connecting deeper to your true self, your dream, and your potential. Come join as you laugh, learn, and play your way into expanded possibilities.

Objectives:
Gain a deeper connection to one goal from the inside out
Build from your success to establish momentum
Create 1-2 simple habits and a mantra to ignite your engagement 

Ellen Schnur, Beth Boynton, and Jim Mecir - Medical Improv - An Interprofessional Collaboration for Interprofessional Faculty & Students

Description: Our unique interprofessional team (a nurse, a baseball player and a corporate trainer) will share details of our collaboration with Ball State University. We designed sessions for faculty and students, combining Medical Improv with Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) Core Competencies. Learn more about our session and the IPEC Core Competencies. IPEC has helped to frame the national dialogue on the need to improve collaboration among all healthcare professionals. The IPEC competencies are a catalyst for improving team-based patient care and enhancing population health outcomes.

Sloane Miller - Improvise Your Story: A Writing Workshop

Description: Using applied improvisation principles, we will address elements of storytelling through exercises that will turn you into a creative powerhouse, brimming with ideas. This workshop is experiential. We will do some improv exercises together and you will write solo. 

Bright Su - 3D facilitation technique

Description: This session introduces 3D facilitation technique for leading improv games. 3D (Describe, Demonstrate, Do) is a 3-step approach suitable for in-person and online game facilitation. With such step-by-step process in use, the participants are able to follow instructions easily, are more engaged and have more fun, a workshop will be more efficient.  This session will play the 1st game in 3D approach, then from TTT (Train The Trainer) perspective break down this technique in detail, address questions such as what should be the first sentence in describing a game or ways to demo? Finally, we play 2nd game to take home this 3D technique. (Note: If followed by Debrief, it would be 4D; due to the time limit, this session doesn’t cover the 4th D).

Anne Veal, Rashad Donaldson, and Emma Supica - Improv Serving Communities - Diversifying Improv by Addressing Community Needs

Description: Nashville non-profit Unscripted is partnering with the Jefferson Street United Merchant Partnership (JUMP) in North Nashville, a historically underserved community, on the Improv Serving Communities program. After a previous joint workshop, Rashad Donaldson of JUMP proposed improv training as an effective tool to address their merchant partners’ most frequently-expressed need - to enhance customer service. This program, funded by the Tennessee Commission for the Arts, serves multiple aims: empowering program participants with deeper listening, present-mindedness, and the “Yes, And” mindset; developing a core of North Nashville improvisers who will co-facilitate classes as Community Advocate Improvisers (CAIs); removing access barriers for a community historically excluded from improv (all participants receive a $200 stipend); and proving the value and joy of improvisation to this same community by directly addressing a specific community need. This program was co-developed by our two organizations with an evolving curriculum informed largely by feedback from the CAIs. In this session, the primary stakeholders of this project - Rashad Donaldson, Board member of JUMP; Emma Supica, Executive Director of Unscripted, and Anne Veal, primary teaching artist, and facilitator - will discuss their unique development process and the importance of designing programming with, rather than for, historically excluded communities. 

Asia Pacific Open Space

Registration link, separate from our conference Zoom links! Registering using this link gets you registered for both sessions! Click here to register!

Description: Play games, practice using zoom, meet up with your friends, brainstorm, and whatever else you'd like to offer and enjoy. At the start, we will hear from people offering topics and create breakout rooms for these topics. If additional topics emerge, we will add those rooms. Everyone will be able to move between topic rooms throughout the open space time. Everyone is welcome to play and/or offer topics. 

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Saturday, November 19th, 2022

EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST - New York, USA)

SESSION TIME PRESENTER(s) & TITLE
4am–6am EST

Angelina Castellini and Chinmayee Somaiya - Click Stream Four Zoom link
People Need People
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7:30am–8:30am EST

Ketan Varia Click Stream Four Zoom link
Conflict Management in Business Change
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8:45am–9:45am EST

Luntu Masiza Click Stream Four Zoom link
Inspirational Storytelling
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10am–11am EST

Kat Koppett Click Stream Four Zoom link
Growing Power Intelligence through AI
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2pm–3pm EST

Dion Flynn and Josh Radnor Click Stream Four Zoom link
Clanging with Josh and Dion
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5:30pm–7:15pm EST

Act Social - Film Screening – Sean Mulvihill Click Stream Four Zoom link
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SATURDAY, NOV 19 DETAILS 

Angelina Castellini and Chinmayee Somaiya - People Need People

Description: You are warmly invited to a space of heartfelt care, humble learning and mutual curiosity; where people meet people and share their thoughts, ideas and stories. This is an improvised exploration of questions like what is essential, who am I now, what is work, health, education, growth, power, and more. As we listen to each other and share spontaneously, we dive ever deeper into the experience of how your story changes my story and vice versa. The People Need People space is held by hosts trained in the People Need People (PNP) and Warm Data Lab processes, developed by Nora Bateson and stewarded by the International Bateson Institute. At this People Need People session, we come together online from across the oceans to share our joy of deep, authentic connection with each other - our conversations build relationships that build relationships. These sessions are participatory in big groups and small breakout rooms. In each group you will converse with a new set of people guided by a fresh set of topics. Whatever is alive in you in the moment, this space invites you to share that which wants to emerge. Note: This session is to be experienced and will not be recorded. 

Ketan Varia - Conflict Management in Business Change

Description: In the session, we will discuss how and why conflict occurs during complex change activities. We will find ways to manage conflict, and see it as an opportunity, rather than a threat. We will examine Thomas Kilman’s method for understanding conflict management styles. You will get an understanding of your own natural conflict style and we will have applied improv exercises to build situational awareness. 

Luntu Masiza - Inspirational Storytelling

Description: Building your confidence, telling your story effectively, and learning story telling attributes like empathy, meaningful connection, and engagement. Using drama techniques to enable you to build the confidence to stand boldly in front of people and own the stage. Story telling gives us the power to connect with each other on a human level and authentically. We all have a story to share. 

Kat Koppett - Growing Power Intelligence through AI

Description: Organizations of all sorts, large and small, corporate to grassroots, have employed training and development interventions with or without AI to develop skills on nearly every interpersonal topic. But one area that has been neglected – deliberately or unconsciously - has been recognizing and navigating power dynamics. Now a window seems to be opening for that fundamental issue to be addressed, and we applied improvisation practitioners are powerfully positioned to help develop mindsets and skills in this arena. What we improvisers know is that power comes not just from formal authority, but also our behavior. In this interactive, practical, and perhaps provocative session, we will explore how increasing our status and power awareness and range of options can build communities that support belonging, respect, motivation and trust.

Dion Flynn and Josh Radnor - Clanging with Josh and Dion

Description: The most important thing in the world that an entrepreneur can do, is learn how better to collaborate and connect. JOSH RADNOR, MFA (How I Met Your Mother, Liberal Arts and Hunters w/Al Pacino) DION FLYNN, MFA (Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Obama Impersonator, Trainer) have been Clanging together privately, for Fortune 500 audiences, Universities and comedy shows for more than 20 years. Clanging is a keynote talk, a game and a comedy show. It’s a story about deep friendship across racial and cultural lines, and it’s a masterclass on how collaborative co-creation is the path to success for business professionals. Clanging has fast-paced intellectual humor alongside super slow silliness. Ever seen a boring keynote? Yikes! In Clanging, there’s no room for boredom as Josh and Dion keep the energy at a fever pitch. In execution Clanging is similar to “trading fours” in jazz where musicians alternate solos for a short duration. In Clanging this results in a madcap mix of associations, scenarios, ideas, rhymes, and voices swerving unpredictably at breakneck speed, making for a keynote of hilarious, electric, and surprisingly relevant, verbal play. It has to be seen to be believed.

Act Social - Film Screening – Sean Mulvihill 

Description: Screening of the film with a director, Q and A after. 

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