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The shift to quantum storytelling

 The shift to quantum storytelling In the classic storytelling of novels and movies, the story is created by the writer or the director. Once produced, it’s out in the world, unchanging. It gets consumed by its audience, who may or may not enjoy it. Sometimes they may...

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Are we getting more playful?

 Are we getting more playful? There used to be a real divide between those who played computer games and those who didn’t. But, as this clipping reminds us, that barrier melted when games leapt onto our mobile phones. If we remained reluctant to say we played, we’d...

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“Does this make me look fat?”

"Does this make me look fat?" We play an active part in constructing our identities, as this Observer article pointed out. We decide amongst us who counts as 'fat' or 'thin', and our decisions shift over time. There's an element of improvisational 'yes.. and-ing'...

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Beware those classic Ted stories

Beware those classic Ted stories Stories are great. But beware those Tedx talks that construct enticing arguments on the shakiest of foundations. The personal story draws you in, and suddenly you find yourself tempted to agree with a load of nonsense. I see many...

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How Sir Tim improvised the world wide web

 How Sir Tim improvised the world wide web Innovation may turn out to be radical, but it’s built on solid foundations of what is already working. Steven Johnson is an expert in where good ideas come from, and he picks the prime example of the World Wide Web, created...

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Story secrets of improvisers at Disney

Story secrets of improvisers at Disney When you grow up with Disney films, you are encouraged to dream. Still, I never dreamed I would be invited to California to teach Disney animation staff how to tell better stories. Yet here I am in Burbank, for the first of two...

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Applying Improvisation on the battlefield

Applying Improvisation on the battlefield Improvising at a bomb site comes easily, according to this ordnance officer.  The winners are those who adapt the fastest in a deadly battle of wits.  I guess this article from Wired magazine in 2005 was one of the...

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Spontaneous Britain

A witty remark from Guy Browning, which certainly chimed 12 years ago. But is this still true of British culture now? I reckon there’s more spontaneity around now, more surprises in public life, and we are less in thrall to old, rehearsed spectacles. And there’s still...

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Using improvisation to access your quirky creativity

 Using improvisation to access your quirky creativity Julia Davis was one of my favourite improvisers in my More Fool Us performing team. She was reliably quirky, with a willingness to dig deeper into any scene, riffing on the off-beat, while generously sharing the...

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