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).
- 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.
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.
I took inventory – Count – Anthrocubeologist Takes Improv Inventory – of the various classes and workshops I have had.
With improv, keeping the creativity flowing means learning, practicing, rehearsing, and performing, and trying new things like Musical Improv!
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.
Improv with The Letters
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