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Friday, August 9 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Opening Plenary: Sneaking Through Borders and Barriers - Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan

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In this captivating keynote, Dr.  Thiagi shares his experiences in crossing borders and barriers to help achieve mutual goals for people on both sides (and in the river). He will start with a menu of skills, concepts, techniques, and activities for playfully and unobtrusively bridging the gaps between cultures, genders,nationalities, professional disciplines, political ideologies, personality types,and other differences that make a difference. He will then explore in greater detail the items that interest the most people. Thiagi’s bridge-building ideas are based on his personal experience in 26 different countries with preschool children to senior citizens; with disciplined scientists and disorganized artists; with meek pacifists and militant activists;with bleeding-heart liberals and poker-faced conformists. The techniques explored in this session will help you ignore cultural differences, discover human universalities, increase empathy, take serious things playfully, and treat playful things seriously.In this walk-the-talk session, Thiagi will playfully explore topics and techniques to provide just-in-time, just-enough, and just-for-you ideas. He has ways to make you participate and contribute to the success of the session, the conference, and your life. He may not make you more trustworthy and courageous, but he will help you fake these qualities (untilyou sheepishly discover that you have been brainwashed into a newmindset.)

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Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan

Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan is founder and Resident Mad Scientistat The Thiagi Group, an organization with the mission of helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably. He served as the editor of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Performance & Instruction for more than 10 years. He has written a monthly Game Letterf... Read More →

Friday August 9, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Student Activities Center - Auditorium