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Kevin D. Washburn

Great insight! Dr. Robert Brooks talks about teachers "from whom kids gain energy." I think our interactions--those that bring us joy also give us energy. And that energy gives us something to "spend" on creativity and innovation. We feel good about ourselves and our world, and that motivates and generates possibility thinking. I love the idea of improv bringing joy; it fits with our experiences with people we truly enjoy.


Thanks, Kevin. There's a deep connection between joy and happiness and group goals such as those that might drive a business.

That connection is also apparent in what Jane McGonigal said at the last festival in September about the parallels between gaming, happiness and problem solving. Delight contributes to clearer thinking and, just as importantly, an understanding of other people that makes achievement possible.

Johnnie Moore

Thanks for the linklove Kevin and I love the label "improv'ateur" which to me has shades of entrepreneur and provocateur! I may have to update my facebook/twitter profiles!


"Improv'ateur" is free to a good home, Johnnie - and thanks for the thoughtful post!

Robert Poynton

I think joy could indeed be a strategy, or an important part of one. As I say in my book (the one Johnnie Moore was quoting):

"Uncertainty, not control, opens the door to surprise, discovery and delight. The fresh thought, the new insight, the unlooked-for caress—all require some measure of doubt, ambiguity or unpredictability."

Creating the conditions where people are experiencing joy in their relationships with each other, i.e. enJOYing themselves, the chances that they will be much more effective.

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