A decidedly unrepeatable event...

 16th January 1920, London

When all else fails, fail again, fail forward.

In this wonky workshop you'll join us with the view that anything or everything can go wrong, and probably will. And that's okay. In fact maybe that's the point.

We live in a world we'd like to control, a world where we'd like to make the unknown known, the uncertain certain, and the confusing clear. But let's face it, failure is inevitable. It's the game, the reality, the scary truth. But viewed from a different perspective it is a beautiful gift: the spice of life, the ray of sunshine on a dull day. It is failure and the learning therein that keeps us on our toes, dancing towards the light.

Come along and join us in a world where it's all supposed to go askew. We lift up the veil and see how the illusion of control can be embraced, welcomed, even enjoyed.

Why this?

Embracing failure allows us to be free, to release ourselves—and others—into discovery, innovation and maybe even solutions. Running a business, managing a department, designing a user experience, facilitating a team, these are all activities that benefit more from release than from control, more from inspecting and adapting in real time than following a plan. Our success depends on each one of us letting go of our own ideas—even the good ones—and embracing the emergent reality.

What will happen?

This exclusively interactive workshop will take you on a journey of release, demonstrating the art of taking yourself lightly while taking the work very seriously. By engaging in physical games and word-play, and through the creation of improvised stories and scenes you will find your own connections with the work you are involved in, and learn how to apply improvisational, releaseful ideas and techniques within your own context, to powerful effect.

What will happen? We really have no idea.

Who is this workshop for?

The world of work is experiencing an inevitable shift, from a defined, mechanical paradigm towards an emergent, organic one. Our job as agents of transformation, as coaches, consultants, directors and managers, or simply as creative workers is to embrace that shift, and to help others do the same. This is achieved not through direction or coercion, but through trust and release, through making offers and creating space for exploration. Without understanding the joy of messing up, falling down and getting up again in full view of your colleagues you will always be constrained by your ego, and restricted in your ability to release others..

This workshop is open to anyone who cares enough to want to explore alternatives to our existing ways of showing up for work.

The facilitators

Mat Hayes: Professionally Mat has found himself in roles where he catalysed and grew the visions of those around him. By offering back ideas and the confidence to try, he has helped small businesses become highly successful nationally and globally. Seeing the overlap with not knowing and playfulness at work, Mat went on a journey to find out more about improvisation. Involving himself with improv groups in Coventry, Birmingham and London he spent time with some truly amazing people. Using these experiences he has found ways to incorporate the skills and values of improvisation into all areas of his life.

Tobias Mayer: Tobias first studied Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in the mid 1990s, learnt improvisation from writer, actor and improvisor Matt Smith in 2006 and studied Artful Making with Lee Devin in 2007. He has long incorporated theatre techniques into his teaching and facilitation work, creating interactive experiences that allow participants to confront their own assumptions, to move to the edge of their safety zones and embrace new ways of showing up for work.

We are not alone

"Whenever you have no blueprint to tell you in detail what to do, you must work artfully."
— Robert D. Austin and Lee Devin, Artful Making, 2003

"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."
— Truman Capote

Marlin: "I promised I'd never let anything happen to him!"
Dory: "Well that's silly. You can't let nothing happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo."

— Finding Nemo

Shakespeare: "It's all going wrong!"
Henslowe: "Don't worry, it will all work out in the end."
Shakespeare: "How will it!"
Henslowe: "No one knows, it's a mystery."

— Shakespeare in Love

Workshop Availability

This workshop is currently not scheduled. If you'd like to host it, or offer it privately within your organisation please get in touch. Pricing is flexible according to organisational status and ability to pay.

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  • Page published: 10/11/2019
    Last updated: 10/11/2019