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why improv

Ethics and Compliance: A Method for Insight and Action
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Ethics and Compliance: A Method for Insight and Action

Comedy grabs the attention and improv improves the action.

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Sam Wasson,
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Sam Wasson, "Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art"

Kelly and noted author Sam Wasson dig deep into his new book, “Improv Nation,” about…

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Jane Dutton & Monica Worline, “Awakening Compassion at Work”
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Jane Dutton & Monica Worline, “Awakening Compassion at Work”

Kelly talks to acclaimed scholars Jane Dutton and Monica Worline who show us…

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Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations - Improvisation for Care
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Ai-jen Poo, Caring Across Generations - Improvisation for Care

Kelly talks to activist, author and co-director of Caring Across Generations about Second…

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Sarah Robb O’Hagan - CEO, Flywheel Sports - Extreme You
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Sarah Robb O’Hagan - CEO, Flywheel Sports - Extreme You

Kelly connects with Sarah Robb O’Hagan whose career has included stints at Virgin,…

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Kelly McGonigal, Stanford University - The Upside of Stress
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Kelly McGonigal, Stanford University - The Upside of Stress

Kelly talks to Stanford University psychologist and acclaimed TEDtalk Speaker Kelly McGonigal about…

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Lisa Bodell, Future Think - Why Simple Wins
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Lisa Bodell, Future Think - Why Simple Wins

Kelly connects with the CEO of Futurethink and author of “Why Simple Wins,”…

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Friederike Fabritius, Neuropsychologist - The Leading Brain
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Friederike Fabritius, Neuropsychologist - The Leading Brain

Kelly digs into the powerful science based strategies for achieving peak performance with…

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Affirm & Build or Yes And!
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Affirm & Build or Yes And!

The next time you find yourself faced with the unknown YES AND it. Acknowledge what…

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The Role of Laughter & Humor in the Workplace
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The Role of Laughter & Humor in the Workplace

When we use humor we convey our ability to be vulnerable, individual, and authentic.

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Dick Costolo – Great Leaders are Great Listeners
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Dick Costolo – Great Leaders are Great Listeners

Kelly talks to former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo about leadership, improvisation and working…

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Peter McGraw, University of Colorado, Boulder - The Humor Code
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Peter McGraw, University of Colorado, Boulder - The Humor Code

Kelly talks comedy and humor with Dr. Peter McGraw, a professor with an…

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Emma Seppala, Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence - The Happiness Track
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Emma Seppala, Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence - The Happiness Track

Kelly talks to scholar and author Emma Seppala about the connection between happiness…

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Duncan Watts, Microsoft - Everything is Obvious
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Duncan Watts, Microsoft - Everything is Obvious

Kelly talks to the brilliant Cornell professor and Primary Researcher at Microsoft, Duncan…

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Improvisation in a Crisis? The Science Says Yes (And)
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Improvisation in a Crisis? The Science Says Yes (And)

Improvisation is an orientation towards the unexpected and a practice in navigating complex human interactions…

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Group Genius Over Groupthink
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Group Genius Over Groupthink

It is entirely unreasonable to think that you can simply thrown a bunch of coworkers…

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Adam Alter, “Irresistible” - Welcome to the Age of Behavioral Addiction
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Adam Alter, “Irresistible” - Welcome to the Age of Behavioral Addiction

Kelly is joined by Adam Alter, Professor at NYU Stern School of Business; best-selling author…

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Adam Grant, Wharton School - Originals
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Adam Grant, Wharton School - Originals

It’s our 50th episode! Kelly celebrates by talking to the great and smart Adam Grant,…

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Tina Seelig, Stanford – Insight Out
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Tina Seelig, Stanford – Insight Out

Kelly talks to Tina Seelig, a professor at Stanford’s Department of Management Science and Engineering…

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Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere
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Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere

Kelly goes behind the scenes with Charlie Todd, the founder of Improv Everywhere, the New…

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Paying (for a lack of) Attention
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Paying (for a lack of) Attention

Life’s various distractions have only become supersized in the digital age.

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Solving Backwards in a 1000 words. Can you picture It?
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Solving Backwards in a 1000 words. Can you picture It?

Do you dare me? Has there ever been a more clearly self-destructive question? Yes. “Is…

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Nir Eyal, The Powers of Habit
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Nir Eyal, The Powers of Habit

Kelly talks to Nir Eyal, an entrepreneur and consultant whose book “Hooked” shows how habits…

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Lead Change
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Lead Change

Leadership decisions can be hardest to execute when your world is less certain.

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Cal Newport – Georgetown University – Deep Work
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Cal Newport – Georgetown University – Deep Work

Kelly sits down with Cal Newport, Georgetown professor of Computer Science whose latest book, “Deep…

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Takeaways from the Training 2017 Conference
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Takeaways from the Training 2017 Conference

Learners are tough to reach, obsessed with social media, and are convinced they already know…

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Zoe Chance, Yale – Woo The Gator
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Zoe Chance, Yale – Woo The Gator

Kelly talks to Zoe Chance, who is a marketing professor teaching influence and persuasion at…

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Second City Works and Chicago Booth? Yep.
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Second City Works and Chicago Booth? Yep.

We will all be taking part in a multi-faceted collaboration that will be researching Behavioral…

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How to Have More Fun At Work
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How to Have More Fun At Work

We all know we have to get things done - that's why we work! That…

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Dr. Charles Limb | This is Your Brain on Improv
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Dr. Charles Limb | This is Your Brain on Improv

Kelly talks to Dr. Charles Limb, who has studied the effects of improvisation on the…

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Caroline Webb, How to Have a Good Day
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Caroline Webb, How to Have a Good Day

Kelly talks to Caroline Webb, author of the fantastic new book How to Have a…

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Blending Science and Comedy to Fix The Fault in Employee Defaults
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Blending Science and Comedy to Fix The Fault in Employee Defaults

Married together, comedy and behavioral science can open all of us to accepting our own…

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Howard Tullman | Chicago: Collaboration Capital of the World
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Howard Tullman | Chicago: Collaboration Capital of the World

Kelly talks to Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, the tech hub that serves as a…

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Bob Johansen, Seeing Into The Future
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Bob Johansen, Seeing Into The Future

Kelly talks to futurist Bob Johansen who has worked with companies like Kellogg’s, Intel, Disney…

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Phil Clement | Risk, Manchester United and the Value of Pride
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Phil Clement | Risk, Manchester United and the Value of Pride

Kelly talks with Phil Clement, Global CMO of AON about working at the intersection of…

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5 Ways to Totally Blow Through Your 2016 Budget
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5 Ways to Totally Blow Through Your 2016 Budget

By Marilyn Cox – Vice President of Marketing and CRM Year-end budget spending…

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Angela Duckworth | Grit, Resilience and Passion
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Angela Duckworth | Grit, Resilience and Passion

Kelly talks to Angela Duckworth, the author of the New York Times Bestselling book Grit.

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Can Memorizing a Phone Number Make You Eat Cake?
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Can Memorizing a Phone Number Make You Eat Cake?

Improvisation provides you actual practice in playing with the fast and slow parts of your…

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Joshua Wolf Shenk, The Powers of Two
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Joshua Wolf Shenk, The Powers of Two

Kelly talks to Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of…

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Charles Duhigg, Smarter, Faster, Better
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Charles Duhigg, Smarter, Faster, Better

Kelly sits down with Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Best Selling author Charles…

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Kim Scott discusses
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Kim Scott discusses "Radical Candor"

Kelly Leonard connects with Kim Scott who is the author of the book Radical…

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In 1800, Musicians Stopped Improvising...What Happened Next?
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In 1800, Musicians Stopped Improvising...What Happened Next?

Essentially, the old system can’t hold. It works against the natural curiosity of individuals. The…

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Craig Dubitsky, The Entrepreneur CEO
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Craig Dubitsky, The Entrepreneur CEO

Kelly talks Craig Dubitsky, the CEO of Hello Products and the co-founder of EOS products…

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Improvisation as Habit and Productivity Enabler
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Improvisation as Habit and Productivity Enabler

Once fear and shame are out of the picture, we can not only look at…

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Robert Sutton | Stanford University – The No A****** Rule
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Robert Sutton | Stanford University – The No A****** Rule

Kelly talks with best-selling author and Stanford University professor Bob Sutton about the defining characteristics…

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Managing The Unexpected
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Managing The Unexpected

Businesses can either thrive or be undone by internal and external force…

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Julie Mason, The Press Pool – Electoral Dysfunction
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Julie Mason, The Press Pool – Electoral Dysfunction

Kelly talks with Julie Mason, host of the Press Pool on Sirius/XM’s Potus Channel about…

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Improvisation and The Power of Habit
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Improvisation and The Power of Habit

Knowing who you are - in relation to the world, to your friends, to your…

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Gretchen Rubin: Happiness and Habits
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Gretchen Rubin: Happiness and Habits

Kelly talks to Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project” and “Better Than Before” about…

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Simon Sinek | Starting with Why
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Simon Sinek | Starting with Why

Kelly talks to thought leader Simon Sinek about his new book Together is Better, on…

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Katie Elfering Discusses Secrets of Millennials
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Katie Elfering Discusses Secrets of Millennials

Kelly mines insights around the Secrets of Millennials from Katie Elfering, Senior Design Researcher…

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The Danger of Boardroom Guessing
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The Danger of Boardroom Guessing

Put people in a safe space to speak the truth and then ask them what…

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Starting From No Perfection
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Starting From No Perfection

We are in the muck and we’ve always been. And it’s those of us who…

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I Went Back to School and Learned How to Open a Door
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I Went Back to School and Learned How to Open a Door

Fail at opening a door – or anything. Get uncomfortable and fail repeatedly. You’ll be…

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Dan Kois | Slate Magazine – Politics & Parenting
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Dan Kois | Slate Magazine – Politics & Parenting

Kelly Leonard sits down with Dan Kois of Slate Magazine to discuss politics and parenting.

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Mindfulness and Improvisation
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Mindfulness and Improvisation

More present and attentive behaviors can only improve the internal dynamics of co-workers as well…

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How the Second City is Producing the Future Stars of Improv
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How the Second City is Producing the Future Stars of Improv

While the Second City started out in 1959 as a comedy improvisation troupe, in the…

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5 Ways Improv Is Helping My Freshman Survive College
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5 Ways Improv Is Helping My Freshman Survive College

A key tenet of improvisation relates to seeing obstacles as opportunities and recognizing that change…

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Lights, Camera...College
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Lights, Camera...College

You need to let go; you must allow for failures; you are rarely in control;…

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Mike Sacks, Outsiders, Rebels And Comedy Icons
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Mike Sacks, Outsiders, Rebels And Comedy Icons

Kelly Leonard talks to noted comedy writer Mike Sacks about some very funny people and…

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Robots Are Terrible Improvisers
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Robots Are Terrible Improvisers

Improvisation, conversely, is all about teaching you to find, create and explore what’s not there.

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The New Face of Second City
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The New Face of Second City

The Second City, Chicago’s renowned improv comedy theater, is famous for launching the careers of…

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Want to Get Ahead? Work on Your Improv Skills
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Want to Get Ahead? Work on Your Improv Skills

Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton of The Second City comedy theater argue that…

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Second City's Business Shorts Can Now Be Viewed On Demand
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Second City's Business Shorts Can Now Be Viewed On Demand

The cloud just got a little funnier. Today, Second City Works, the business division of The…

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What Business Can Learn From Improv Comedy
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What Business Can Learn From Improv Comedy

The improvisational theater group The Second City might be best known as the…

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How Improv Can Transform Your Creativity
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How Improv Can Transform Your Creativity

I picked up the microphone and looked out at the crowd of…

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Michael Lewis on Yes, And; Why You Should Read the Second City Book
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Michael Lewis on Yes, And; Why You Should Read the Second City Book

A few years ago I took my obstinate eight-year-old daughter to a training class at…

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Why Improvisation?
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Why Improvisation?

Why is improvisation important? Because we are a culture increasingly tied to screens, where the…

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The Power of “And.”
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The Power of “And.”

Focusing on “and” rather than “but,” we are making our brains recognize duality. It is…

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