CHRIS MILLER KICKS OFF BIG IDEAS FEST
The Big Ideas Fest is an exciting four-day annual conference held in Half Moon Bay, California. The conference is highly participatory and focuses on innovating education at all levels. LifePlays, along with IDEO and ISKME, co-designed the initial conference in 2009 and continue to be co-creators. We infused the program with improv exercises that make the Design Thinking process that’s the backbone of the conference, collaborative and connective. Here, Chris Miller kicks off the conference with an inspiring talk of how and why improv, and the skills embedded in improv, are an essential part of the conference.
LIFEPLAYS FACILITATES THE ANNUAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL DESIGN FIRMS' NATIONAL CONFERENCE
The APDF conference is a national meeting of designers and design firms to get together and share successes, best practices, and learn new skills. We came in to facilitate a session on brainstorming using skills from improvisational theater. We discussed key tenets of improv, practiced them through exercises, and then applied them to brainstorming and collaboration.
ANN SWANBERG AND CHRIS MILLER BRING APPLIED IMPROV TO COMRADE, A DESIGN AND STRATEGY AGENCY
We came into Comrade and facilitated a half-day workshop on presentation skills, and collaboration. A few weeks later, one of the “Comrades” put together this slideshow about the applied improv session, and how they applied it to their culture and work.