How improv can save the world

Wait improv? Like, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Yes and no. Whose Line is definitely the most popular improv show I’ve seen so far, but improv extends far beyond that. It comes from theater warm-up techniques that have been generalized both into its own genre of theater as well as into a set of teaching techniques to teach people its lessons and let them generalize to the rest of their lives.

Who am I?

I come from a family that placed a lot of emphasis on improvement. That can be great, but it can also narrow one’s focus. I used to believe that to engage with someone intellectually, one had to find something to disagree about, and then formulate a clear and articulate argument for them to spar with. Some people do enjoy this, but many do not.

How do we do this?

Since my career thus far has been focused on synthesizing research into frameworks, I couldn’t help but apply the same methodology to improv. By looking across many research articles, blog posts, and books, as well as triangulating with my personal experience, I came up with the following framework, which attempts to capture all of the elements that go into an improv mindset, and how they relate to each other.

If everyone in the world had an improv mindset, how much more could we achieve?



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Maya Bialik

Maya Bialik

Teacher, author, and speaker making learning meaningful through curriculum strategy & creative experience design.