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Guest Speaker: Johnnie Moore, Creative Facilitation

Host: Stephanie West Allen, JD, PPI Dean of Neuroscience and Contemplative Practices

Description:  Back in the 20s and 30s, Viola Spolin, mother of improvisational theater, used improv techniques to help inner-city and immigrant kids in the projects of Chicago learn to find, develop, and demonstrate their skills and aptitudes thus improving (by improv-ing) their chances for success. Today improv is sometimes seen as a way to be funny, an opportunity to compete (e.g., in “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”), or a set of rules (e.g., “Yes, and …”). Often, however, humor, competition, and rules may lessen improv’s original spirit.

In this Webinar, we will look at how improv can heighten client service through emphasis and focus on immediacy, listening, and mindfulness, ever enlivened by a genuine spirit of generosity.

Introduction to Our Guest Speaker

Johnnie Moore is a coach and facilitator who works with organisations around the world to support change and innovation. His recent work has taken him to Sydney, Melbourne, Kuwait, Frankfurt, Berlin and Bergen. He also runs a highly-rate training workshop on creative facilitation. He’s a visiting tutor at the Said Business School at Oxford University, and a founding member of the Applied Improvisation Network.
He is the founder of Unhurried, a movement to support more reflective conversations in organisations and in public life. Currently, unhurried conversations are being hosted in Cambridge, Santa Cruz, Bangalore, Sydney, and Olympia Washington.
Johnnie graduated in Politics and Philosophy from New College, Oxford, and his first job was as a speechwriter to supermarket magnate Lord Sainsbury. He then worked in advertising, eventually founding his own agency. About 15 years ago, he changed paths to work as a facilitator. In his spare time he is an enthusiastic swimmer and is into yoga and good conversation.

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