A very special conference #ainox16

I am at the moment at the conference of the Applied Improvisation Network It’s a global network with over 5.000 members. People who use methods and the framework of improvisation methods in fields like education, counselling, therapy, business, facilitation, teamwork, healthcare, humanitarian sector, theater and improvisation training…

I came aware and member of this network in the time of the preparation of the congress in Amsterdam, 2010 (the congress is yearly in the USA and every three years in Europe, and I can highly van recommend to take part to that or to regional meetings of the AIN!

Im very grateful that “my university”, the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences is making it possible for me to participate at this congress. I am also supported in doing my thesis on Applied Improvisation in Higher Education ( I will be part of a facilitating team, doing a workshop at the conference, applying some results from their and the topic of how to use Applied Improvisation for research.

I am often at various conferences. Since the last two years mostly in fields of Higher Education and didactics, but I also know the “feeling” of conferences on healthcare, social affairs or social media. And this conference really is special in many ways – here are some aspects of it:

  • People meeting here are really happy to meet each other, more are grateful for this chance. So nobody is sitting there with a long face and waiting for breaks, big conference dinners or the seclusion of the hotel room.
  • …it is a very open, sparkling atmosphere, where the spirit of “Yes, and…” is palpable in many aspects. One example: I sat together with Tomás Álvarez & Carla Vigara, planning details for our workshops. And any idea was warmly welcome, was added by other ideas in a breath-taking constructive way. It was really beautiful and I am so much looking forward to it.
  • It’s an atmosphere of mutual openness, talking about your life, dreams, hopes, fears, failures, successes – on a very intense label which uses then usual conference “how do you do” as a mere starting point. And with this new ideas, new networks and cooperations come into existence; plans are shared, enhanced, refined.
  • It’s an atmosphere of mutual appraisal, no matter of origin, race, language… And if someone has a problem he / she will get offers of helps not only from the conference team but lots of attendants around
  • Learning is a shared experience: The people giving input are also listening. They use multitude ways to learn in many different ways, always with room for one experiences and reflection. Its more than “giving” lectures, it’s collaborative creating and enhancing knowledge.

In the next days I will write more of the experiences here and are happy for any comment and addition!

Bereichernde Begegnungen – AIN Regionale Konferenz 11. 10. 15

Das Applied Improvisation Network (AIN; Link zur Facebook-Grppe; Link zur Linkedin-Gruppe, Link zur Ning-Community-Seite, Link zur englischen Erklärungs-WebSite) ist ein weltweites Netzwerk von Personen (z. B. mir), die Improvisationsmethoden in verschiedensten Felder anwenden, u. a. in der Bildungsarbeit, in der Unternehmensberatung, in der Begleitung von Teams, in Designprozessen, in Therapie / Coaching / Supervision, in der Theaterarbeit…

Neben der jährlichen AIN Konferenz – die nächste findet vom 11. – 14. August in Oxford statt – gibt es auf der ganzen Welt in Regionen immer wieder Treffen und gemeinsame Workshops. So auch am 11. Oktober in Frankfurt an einem wirklich tollen und besuchenswerten Platz, dem TLS. Abigail Paul und ihr Team bieten dort u. a. Kurse zu Improvisation und Sprache an. Danke ihr sowie Martin Esters vom fast forward theater in Marburg für die Organisation des Treffens; ich nehm‘ mir diese Energie mit und werde in Österreich neu versuchen, ähnliches wieder zu initiieren.

Auch bei diesem Treffen stand das von- und miteinander Lernen im Vordergrund: Weiterlesen

Hinweis auf Blog-Gastbeitrag / Linz-Seminare

Christian F. Freisleben hat kürzlich einen Gastbeitrag zu Angewandter Improvisation am CommonsBlog geschrieben: Hier zu finden.

Dort angekündigt und hiermit auch hier folgendes Seminarangebot.

Fr, 12. 7., 16 – 21, Linz: Impro? Jetzt!: Improvisation lässt uns  neue Perspektiven entdecken oder gestalten. Selbstbewusst wird es möglich, ungewohnte Richtungen wahrzunehmen und einzuschlagen. mehr

Uuuuund: Als improweise_Beitrag auch zur Einstimmung zum Kongress des Applied Improvisation Network, 2. – 5. 10. in Berlin (wirklich sehr, sehr empfehlenswert!):

Sa, 28. 9., 9.30 – 17, Linz: Kraftvoll, lebendig, ungewöhnlich: Improtools für Seminare, Lehrveranstaltungen, Projekte mehr