Reboot – Community (Part 1 of 2)


 PROMPT: Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2014?
What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2015?*


Improv Community (Since 2011). I “discovered” this in-real-life community in 2011. In 2014, my relationship with the improv community has grown and evolved, and I expect it will continue to do so for years to come.

This post is part of Reverb – 2014 Reboot.

For me, improv is not only performance-based but also part of anthrocubeology through applying improv and coaching, e.g., skills development, servant leadership, connecting with like-minded people, behavior design, etc. It also is where the lines of stranger, acquaintance, colleague, friend, and friend for life blur. I am good with this.

Community(ies) Ahead. As far as connecting with another community for 2015, I would like to further my involvement and connection with the following –

  • GlobalNiche (GN) Community
  • Left + Right Brain Improv Fringe
  • Meaningful Involvement for the Environment
  • Aging with Wellness and Wisdom

– and I share about my thoughts about these communities in Reboot – Community (Part 2 of 2).

Improv Love

On this blog is the category of improvisation. I shared elsewhere a bit of a retrospective of my improv love –

  • taking my first improv class and first show with Made Up Theatre,
  • playing at improv jams (which means with folks I know and folks I am meeting for the first time),
  • leading a session at a servant leadership conference,
  • discovering classes with EndGames Improv,
  • being part of indie improv teams, and
  • Memorial Day Weekend-ing with Improv Utopia, a camp for those improv-addicted adults – so we can mainline improv. (Just feeding the healthy addiction!)

I did ponder – Ask – Is Improv My Querencia? – about what improv is to me, where querencia is described as –

… a place where one feels safe, a place from which one’s strength of character is drawn, a place where one feels at home.

– so yes, improv is my querencia.

Improv Jam

I LOVE this picture! It’s a great example of a mirroring exercise. Look closely and you can see wonderful mirroring and commitment among duos and trios.

At an April 2014 improv jam
At an April 2014 improv jam

Improv Learning

I took inventory – Count – Anthrocubeologist Takes Improv Inventory – of the various classes and workshops I have had.

Word cloud created from this blog post
Word cloud created from blog post – Count – Anthrocubeologist Takes Improv Inventory

With improv, keeping the creativity flowing means learning, practicing, rehearsing, and performing, and trying new things like Musical Improv!

from Suzanne Hitchman's Intro to Musical Improv Weekend Intensive
from Suzanne Hitchman’s Intro to Musical Improv Weekend Intensive

I keep in mind a post by Bill Arnett that I shared over here – Climb – Beginning Improv-ing Me – 

For young improvisors: relax. You may not feel like your scenes are getting better but your poor work is slipping away. That plateau you’re on that frustrates you after class is actually a slope. And while the climb may feel like inches a day, the ground is rising to meet you by several feet a day.
(- Bill Arnett)

I believe this applies to many things that we learn in life, especially RELAX.

Improv for Skills Building

As mentioned, for me, improv is not only performance-based but also part of anthrocubeology. I’ll share more about this experience in later posts.

Leading an improv exercise at the Annual Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Conference, 2013, Indianapolis
Leading an improv exercise at the 2013 Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Annual Conference in Indianapolis. Session title – Who’s a Servant-Leader Anyway?

Improv with The Letters

Short version – I love The Letters (on Facebook, Twitter, National Improv Network). Enjoy this collage of pictures of our group through 2014.

Collage of improv troupe - The Letters, 2014.
Collage of improv troupe – The Letters, 2014.

I share the sentiment of my team member and friend, Krish, who wrote – Formatogenesis – his experience as a founding member of The Letters, where each member is co-creating and co-developing our form that is built on a philosophy of fostering a shared culture of fun.

Online or otherwise – Community … Where have you discovered yours for 2014?

*prompt from Reverb10, Author caligater

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