That’s a wrap!

So AIN Downunder: Thriving In Uncertainty is all over. Thanks to everyone who showed up. Thanks especially to all the people who donated their time and expertise to share with us all – your enthusiasm and experience in all things improv and applied was amazing.

There were so many highlights for me I can’t even begin to list them, maybe you’d like to add your highlight to the comments below?

Melbourne Playback Theatre Company was a fantastic partner. Such a talented bunch.

And I loved the Impro Expo too – four great performances on the one stage. And all demonstrating different styles of improv.

I feel humbled at the generosity of everyone, and a little bit relieved it’s all over. And excited to try some new things, and glad to have finally met you all.

Cheers, Viv


One week to go!

Hard to believe that this time next week we’ll be getting ready to welcome you to AIN Downunder: Thriving In Uncertainty. Excitement building. This week I’m at Improvention in Canberra. This is for hard-core improvisers, and I’m learning lots. And I’m seeing some of our workshop leaders in action. They are amazingly talented and generous – Jill Bernard, Cindy Tonkin, Nick Byrne, Johnnie Moore and Patti Stiles are here, and coming to Melbourne next week.

Here’s a quote from Jill Bernard, who will be conducting a workshop next Thursday called The Fireball Theory: Huge Ideas on Demand.

“I would like to make people feel that they are enough.”


The countdown begins: one month to go

It’s now just one month until the very first, inaugural Applied Improv Network Regional Conference : Thriving In Uncertainty. Are you coming? We have a great bunch of people from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, UK and the USA coming. Check out the various tickets for the conference here.

And bring your friends to the Impro Expo on Thursday 12th July 5 – 7 pm (it’s only $25 a ticket) where you’ll see four first class improv groups/performers on the same stage. Is this another first for Melbourne?

Develop your ability to be creative and respond to uncertainty in the workplace

Thriving in Uncertainty is for leaders, executives and managers, entrepeneurs, learning and development facilitators, trainers and educators, OD and HR practitioners, consultants, coaches and anyone who wants to bring more spontaneity, creativity, agilty and playfulness to their work or practice, for themselves and others.

An Experience You’ll Remember – Tools You’ll Use
If it’s improved communication, better collaboration, to be more agile and responsive, to tap into people’s  creativity, or simply to have a motivated and enthusiastic team, then we can offer some ideas and approaches that will help.

The ability to respond when the way forward is unclear is a key skill for business success during times of uncertainty and change.

Today’s successful workplace uses new approaches and thinking to tackle entrenched problems, and its people have the ability to develop and maintain relationships, are creative with limited resources, create new stories for the future, successfully collaborate, and are agile and responsive.

It’s not enough to just bring our brains to work. We need to access and apply our whole intelligence to problem-solving, creativity and innovation, especially in the face of global and local social and environmental issues.

This two-day event, hosted by Melbourne Playback Theatre Company and the Applied Improvisation Network. It will be held in Richmond, Melbourne at the Amora Riverwalk Hotel on July 12th and 13th, 2012.

BOOK NOW – numbers are limited and time is running out for early bird rates.

Want to know more? Call us on 0417 135 406 or email

When I was in charge of producing various forms of innovation such as new legislation, new partnerships, new community engagement approaches, new carbon management approaches, etc [at a large government agency] someone said to me we were having success because I employed talented, young people who could cope with uncertainty.

I replied that it was a bit more than “being comfortable with uncertainty”; I actually sought talented, young people who “actively looked for uncertainty because they knew that is where the biggest opportunities for positive change exist”.

Terry A’Hearn

Director, Global Regulatory Innovation, WSP Environment & Energy, UK