Adam Blatner

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Creativity Stimulation

Originally posted on June 11, 2015

There’s a new technology that derives from drama and theatre, and more particularly improvised theatre. Its goal is creativity stimulation. We’ve been building creativity for a few centuries, and in the last few generations promoting creativity itself has become a goal. Now we have a technology for it:

  1. Get people together sharing and encouraging each other, saying “yes, and…” rather than “No, but….” It’s cooperation rather than competition.

  2. Then, in that group, set up “experiments,” improvised enactments. It’s a technology!

   3. Use imaginative enhancements taken from psychodrama and other sources. This mixture of co-encouraging group process, improvised enactments, and imaginative enhancements constitute a dynamic technology, like electricity and other components of radios—and receivers!

Further ideas are drawn from a variety of related endeavors, including applied improvisation, sociodrama, psychodrama, simulations, drama therapy, Playback Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, bibliodrama, process drama in education, spontaneity training, warm-up activities, theatre games, and so forth.

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