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"Working Live" - Improvisation for work and life

  • 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"?

  • Are you engaged in "fail-fast" innovation cycles - yet at the same time find yourself troubled by worries about not getting it right?

For change agents and leaders, 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.

"Working Live" - Improvisation for work and life - 8-9 May 2019 is a two day workshop led by Steve Chapman and Caryn Vanstone

... through which you will develop core innovation, creativity and collaboration skills, in a highly experiential and affirming process.  Central London venue, small group size, personal support and lots of energising and engaging fun!

Buy your tickets here!


What previous participants say about "Working Live" Workshop:

  • "Many thanks for the workshop.  I have enjoyed this experience thoroughly, the playfulness and the impact of being more fully in awareness on engaging in YES, AND, including failing happy.  What a way of making space and being light.  For me there were some light and thunderbolts coming through.  The group was great to play with.  And, I highly appreciated how you have been holding the space."  Marjan Timmer, Consultant
  • "We ran a workshop today – threw the end to end process in the bin and went impro.  It was LIBERATING! The content and richness was so much better for it. Being able to watch the pattern forming behaviours was enlightening. We got a hunch about something and teased out a ginormous elephant in the room. Two days with you both certainly helped!"  Emily and Penny, Consultants
  • "Thanks Caryn and Steve. I relished the playful stimulation and provocation, especially with a group of such similarly-minded, thoughtful professionals.  You create and deliver a brilliant blend of playful creativity, academic rigour, and down to earth practicable application for people wrestling with change and group dynamics.  The spontaneity of the two days was both ‘lived’ and ‘live’ within the relative professional rigour of your planned structure.  I loved it."  Simon White, Head of Learning & Development, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
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Caryn Vanstone’s 

... 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. 

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.  

Steve Chapman 

... 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.