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The Larwill Studio

48 Flemington Road

Parkville, VIC 3052


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We have had a cancellation so ONE ticket is available for Radical Acts.

Tickets are still available for the Melbourne Playback Performance at 7pm on March 6th. Book here.

Sometimes you need to try something that is radically different. In this two-day workshop we bring together six professionals from across the globe to explore with you the power of applied improvisation in leadership, change management, conflict resolution, coaching, and when working with difficult people, in difficult contexts, or on difficult topics. A complex world demands the ability to improvise.

Who is this event for?
This event is designed for anyone who needs to collaborate with others, is facing disruption but lacks a large innovation budget, needs to put an idea into action, is grappling with situations where the power dynamics around the table need to be managed differently and wants to facilitate creative workshops, creative teams and creative environments.

What will I get from this experience:

You will experience top professionals in action, learn about the power and usefulness of applied improvisation, learn practical skills to use with difficult people or situations that you can apply immediately. You will be energised and inspired, have fun and learn from each other. In particular, you will:

  • find greater spontaneity and creativity, both from yourself and from the groups you work with

  • bring more vitality and engagement to your meetings and workshops

  • notice offers through improvised listening

  • learn from improv practice of side coaching to better lead peers

  • and be able to adjust status in groups to positively influence power dynamics

Who will lead the workshop?

The workshop will be highly interactive, with opportunities for you to learn from six people who improvise with groups, from six cities, together for two days in Melbourne.

Dr Barbara Tint, global facilitator, trainer and consultant, and Professor of Conflict Management at Portland State University, USA, who uses applied improvisation to help you understand, resolve, and transform the dynamics of power, conflict, and intercultural relations.

Raymond van Driel, from The Netherlands, who has led creative and high performance teams to success in Europe. Raymond is an academic teacher, improv actor and corporate trainer helping his clients and partners improve their leadership, playfulness, creativity, collaboration and innovation. He has also coached people in Africa and Nepal following natural disasters to help local leaders and trainers rediscover the power of play.

Johnnie Moore, from Cambridge, UK, co-founder of Unhurried Conversations and Creative Facilitation, uses his background in philosophy, advertising, and psychotherapy to re-invent the way we prepare for, and have, difficult conversations.

David Matthew Prior, from New York, USA, is an executive coach training people in the mastery of people-centred coaching at Columbia University and across China, the USA, and Europe. David uses a radical and proven approach to coaching that puts creativity and caring at the centre.

Lee Ryan, from Auckland, New Zealand, a multi-talented design coach who understands that the power of innovation is based on your ability to improvise. She works with businesses, universities, and government agencies to lift their performance beyond the ordinary.

Viv McWaters, your Australian host, draws on her natural science and arts backgrounds to challenge people to have the confidence and ability to perform a head taller than usual, and to take risks that surprise and delight.

Melbourne Playback Theatre Company. We are delighted to collaborate on this event with Melbourne Playback, one of the world's best improvisational theatre companies. They will be doing a public performance on Tuesday, March 6 on the theme 'Radical Acts'. Your registration includes a free ticket to this performance.

What topics will be covered?

How and why an attitude of playfulness gives you a leadership edge.

How to coach creative people and teams - how to get the best out of your creative teams.

Understanding power and status and how you can leverage this to enable better workplace communication and practices.

Working with difficult people and situations.

How improvisation principles can be applied to improve performance and relationships.

Understand the potential of co-operative and interactive games and how they can be used to shift people's perspectives, especially on scientific and complex issues.

What is the format?

The number of participants is limited to 50 people. We will work together as a whole group to explore the various topics with workshops, discussions, demonstrations and practice. We will use the venue space and nearby gardens (weather permitting). Day One will focus on building a foundation of knowledge and skills; the evening of Day One will enable community-building and reflection during the free Melbourne Playback Theatre Company performance. Day Two will be an opportunity to practice, explore applications, and further develop your knowledge and skills to take away for immediate use.

Where can I get more information?

If you haven't yet done so, check out the web site

Click on anyone's name and you'll be able to download a detailed bio.

The Small Print

GST of 10% has been added to your ticket price and a tax invoice provided.

Cost includes morning and afternoon teas, and lunch on both days.

We understand that sometimes plans change. If you find you need to cancel, we'll be sorry and will reimburse your registration fee less a 20% handling charge. We can't accept cancellations after February 16, 2018. Substitutions are okay.

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Parkville, VIC 3052


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