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Creativity and collaboration are at the heart of Design Thinking, a process that many of the world’s most innovative people and organizations use to generate, refine, and implement solutions for problems big and small. In the last few years, these same individuals and entities have been exploring another arena in which to exercise and grow their design-thinking skills: improvisation.
Have an issue that’s screaming for attention? A professional plan that needs to be reshaped or rejuvenated? A personal goal that requires resuscitation or refinement? This unique course explores how the art of improvisation can build collaboration, communication, and creativity skills across any number of disciplines.
“Working together without, or at least, with less ego allows ideas to grow and change in positive ways,” says instructor Tane Danger. “That same letting go of ego frees everyone to be more creative and not get caught up in how things ‘ought to be.’”
Using an interactive curriculum of improv exercises that are easy and fun, participants will become familiar with tangible tools that facilitate idea generation and collaborative team processes. The core tenets of improv and how these inform design and team-based processes will also be explored, helping to illustrate how being open and ready to engage new possibilities can lead to a lifetime of imaginative learning and collaborative discovery.
No improvisation or design experience necessary.
Tane Danger, MPP, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, is the cofounder of Danger Boat Productions and host of The Theater of Public Policy. He also is the star of the bizarrely popular web series “Hey! Where Does This Bus Go?” and appears on TPT Almanac as often as they will allow. A 2014 Bush Fellow, Danger is dedicated to civil discourse and making important things fun. He has taught improv workshops nationally, as well as at the Mayo Clinic, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the University of Minnesota.