Dear Improv for Humanity Workshop Participant:

Thank you for registering for the Improv for Humanity workshop. It is promising to be an exciting event, full of serious fun and learning. We have packed in a lot of content, so we want to give you “a heads up” to you can come to the workshop ready to work.

Please find below some useful tips to prepare for our time in Oxford.   We have almost 60 participants! We can still take last minute sign-ups, if you want to bring others.

We are excited to explore with you how improvisers and humanitarians can find ways to use applied improvisation to help vulnerable populations help themselves!

LOGISTICS: 

Start Times:  We will start on time each day!

  • Aug 10, Day 1:  9A Registration & Coffee, 10A Workshop start
  • Aug 11, Day 2:  8:30A Coffee, 9A Workshop start

Short 60 minute lunch break, in exchange for workshop content:

  • You will need to provide your own lunch.
  • You may want to pack a lunch in eat in the lovely garden of the meeting house.
  • You will be provided a list of lunch purchase options near Oxford Meeting House.
  • It is no small task to get 60 people out and back for a 60-minute lunch break, so we appreciate your cooperation!
Snack and Drinks:
  • There will be tea and coffee.
  • There will be mugs that you can mark for reuse.
  • We will have biscuits as snacks.
Things to Bring/Wear:
  • Clothes and footware:  You will be moving around, so dress in layers for movement and avoid flip-flops and high-heels.
  • Water bottle: There is tap water to drink.
  • Travel mug (optional)
  • Bag lunch (optional)
PRE-CONFERENCE PREPARATION: (Optional)
Start Connecting
You are welcome to join our Improv for Humanity Facebook page
Think about your Design Lab Case Study
We invite you to reflect about a case study you might want to bring to the Design Lab. During the Design Lab, we will be working on case studies in order to experience and learn how we can use improv methods and tools in humanitarian work. You can think about how you would like to combine improvisation and humanitarian/development work. Case studies could include working with teams, other organisations, community groups. etc.
A current  concrete example we have is: “I’d like to directly use the improv methods and tools from the workshop in our on-going stakeholder engagement process for one of our grants. For this process we will design and deliver a series of trainings and workshops on climate change attribution and build the capacity of humanitarians, climate scientists, policy makers and journalists to use this information and/or inform the process of how it is created. 
Don’t worry if you don’t, there will be plenty opportunity to link up with other participants and learn from each other.
Pre-conference reading:
You can find the readings listed below here.
  • A great set of case studies about linkages between improvisation and humanitarian / development work.
  • ·For our improvisers: Letters Left Unsent by J. It’s a series of inspiring short essays on humanitarian work by a humanitarian professional.
  • ·For our humanitarian friends:  Easy: Your LIFEPASS to Creativity and Confidence, by Paul Z. Jackson. The current President of Applied Improvisation Network explains in easy terms how to apply improvisation principles in life.

We look forward to our exploration together!

Sincerely,

The Improv for Humanity team