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Friday, August 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
AINx Talks - "Yes, and ..."

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  • Yes, Global Warming is my fault...and Now What? - Jessica Breitenfeld

    With engaging audience participation, Jessica shares a self-deprecating, educational speech that shows that she- as a little ole Canadian- cannot be expected to save the earth alone- she doesn’t even take the stairs. Earth is to body as saving humanity is to caring for health.

    The analogy of the earth as our personal bodies helps the audience is invited to relate to Jess´ humble journey from disappointment to hope in the strength of human goodness. The solution she gives to the AIN community is self-compassion which leads to expansive care with which community and thus global concern will naturally flow. Audience members leave encouraged to harness their inner strength. ¨Yes¨ to global warming implies we accept the offer- the reality and we access our values and fears that prevent us from being able to see the big picture.
  • Yes And”: Building Bridges and Impacting Poverty - Shadae McDaniel
    In this AINX talk, Shadae McDaniel will share her personal, artistic and professional journey to discovering and making use of the power of “yes, and…” to transform lives and impact poverty.

    As the City Leader of the ASP of New Jersey, Shadae McDaniel makes use of the power of improvisational performance to build bridges between young people from Newark’s poor neighborhoods and affluent adults from surrounding suburbs, bringing them together to transform isolation and alienation into connection and community. McDaniel grew up poor in Teaneck, NJ, one of three children whose Caribbean mother worked day and night to make ends meet. As a child, she was drawn to dance because it helped her forget she was a “kid with too many adult responsibilities.” Years later, she would bring her love of dance together with non-profit program experience to pursue a personal mission to help other young people meet the challenges of growing up poor. But it wasn’t until McDaniel was introduced to the non-profit All Stars Project’s innovative application of improvisation to youth development and building bridges across social and economic divides that she was able to fully realize that mission.
  • Changing Education Systems By Yes And - Hikaru Lou Hie

    Who do you think can make the world a better place?

    If each one of us said "it's me!!".. and if each one of us can think and take an action by Yes,And... then the world would become a better place.

    In order to make it happen, Education is the key to change the world because children are the future. In this session, I would like to share the training for teachers and professors by applying the minds and philosophy of improvisation to establish the principle of school as well as being a teacher who are wanted for this world.

  • Go Tiny - Practice Making Improv Skills Stick (Better) - Shirley Rivera

    In this first-of-its-kind approach, Shirley brings together behavior design and applied improv. She understands how habit formation (one method in behavior design) and applied improv share a similar context – environment, interactions, choice. This is an innovative approach to transform applied improv learnings into easy, personalized daily habits that, with systematic consistent practice, can help build and sustain an improv habits mindset.

    Applied improv involves behavior change, which can be achieved by forming habits. For participants, some may need to create new habits, while others may need to crush old habits. What happens after the creative, playful, imaginative, and facilitated applied improv learning environment? Their newfound improv habits mindset can diminish. It may be challenging to translate improv-inspired skills into their daily lives – home, work, school. Their physical and cognitive environment, interactions with people, competing interests, routines, and motivations are often different from the learning environment. Therefore, how can the benefits of applied improv be better retained?

    Enter – Behavior Design, a new field of study started by Stanford professor, Dr. BJ Fogg. Fogg has created a set of models and methods as ways of designing solutions that can influence behaviors. One of Fogg’s methods is Tiny Habits®, which does not rely on people’s willpower. Fogg’s method simplifies the habit formation process. It is a new method of daily practice, repetition, revision, and celebration. Habits are self-designed to fit their environment. Let’s celebrate making applied improv learnings simple, easy, and personalized so that the improv habits mindset can flourish.


Jessica Breitenfeld

Jessica Breitenfeld has presented this talk to the government of Barcelona land planners INCASOL and uses insights from her training in Adaptability Intelligence and Gestalt Psychotherapy and her 20- year journey, through 42 countries to cure her incurable back pain.

Shadae McDaniel

Shadae McDaniel serves as City Leader of the All Stars Project of New Jersey (ASP of NJ), where she makes use of the power of improvisational performance to build bridges between young people from Newark’s poor neighborhoods and affluent adults from surrounding suburbs, bringing... Read More →

Hikaru Hie

Hikaru Lou Hie has a degree in psychology and art from Western Oregon State University, is an accomplished and highly experienced trainer / facilitator and principal of a high school which is based on applied improvisation established this April of 2019.  In the corporate training... Read More →

Shirley F. Rivera

Shirley F. Rivera is an Entrepinay, a Filipino woman entrepreneur. More than her Chemical Engineering degree from UC Berkeley, she is an Air Quality and Energy Consultant, Behavior Designer and Tiny Habits® Certified Coach, and Improvisor. With her engineering analyses and behavior... Read More →

Friday August 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
The Wang Center - Theater