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Creativity & innovation

Reinvigorate your approach to innovation and creativity with training that builds skills and shifts mindsets.

Creativity is renewable energy. You just can’t use it up.

True creative thought is one of the most powerful resources available. So it’s valuable to know how to tap into it when you need it.

We’ve been training creative thinking for over a decade and our approach is based on real-life learning that gives people:

– skills and tools that allow for more free thinking
– practice situations where these can be used immediately
– a relational approach to co-creativity for better results

We’ll use improv-inspired activities to work on specific skills and apply the learning to live challenges in your business so you come away with fresh ideas and inspiration (and some questions that will help you stay curious).

Overcoming creative blocks

This session helps groups to understand and overcome blocks to creativity, such as:

  • Relying on tradition
    We’ll open up to new ways of ‘doing things round here’
  • Having a fixed mindset
    We’ll work on building trust and resilience so people can take risks and grow
  • Working in a competitive culture
    We’ll look at creating idea-friendly environments based on co-operation
  • Lacking creative know-how
    We’ll unpack principles and practices for effective co-creativity

This workshop will allow everyone in the room to take steps towards reclaiming their natural creativity and applying it in the workplace.

VIEW Thinking Style

We use an optional psychometric tool called VIEW which is perfect for exploring thinking styles and orientation to change. It’s a gold-standard tool from the State University of New York.

We can also apply this learning to a live challenge you are facing in a stakeholder workshops. We’re always happy to switch from ‘just-in-case’ learning to ‘just-in-time’ and we’ve facilitated 100’s of sessions in pretty much every industry so we know how to adapt this stuff for developers, finance folk and marketing people.

Who is this training for?

This is flexible training for any organisation looking to foster a culture of creativity and innovation. We’ve provided creative learning for new hires, top talent, senior leaders, middle managers, creative agencies, and people with long-service awards in pretty much any sector you care to name.

What’s it like?

We use a mix of situational facilitation, group coaching, unhurried conversation and fun group activities for experiential learning. These activities and principles come from the worlds of applied improvisation, storytelling, creative facilitation and the psychology of flow.

We pride ourselves on creating a warm and friendly ‘rehearsal space’ where you can experiment with new skills and behaviours, explore different ways of being together. We also make sure there’s time for unhurried conversations about how you can walk the learning back into everyday working life .

Open workshops

For open workshops with Here and Now People, see our what’s on page.

Where this fits

  • Create an idea-friendly culture
  • Understand blocks to creativity and how to overcome them
  • Build skills for confident co-creation
  • Get tools for generating ideas
  • Understand other people’s thinking style
  • Apply creativity to live challenges

What you’ll learn

Healthy team culture
Be more human-friendly and idea-friendly

Creative confidence
Build skills for confident co-creation

Get clarity
Creativity is a superpower, learn how to use it

Be more flexible
Notice the small things and use them to make big things happen

Get real focused
Leave the world of ‘if only’ and discover the land of ‘Yes, and’

Shift perspective
Use humour to see things differently

STOP being boring
Seriously. 

Tailored for your group

All our learning experiences are tailored to the needs of the group, and responsive to what’s happening in the room.

This content can be delivered in a variety of formats in-person or online. It’s perfect for away days and team building days, or for shorter time frames like a half a day or even a couple of hours.

Let’s talk!

Improvisation is anything that happens in the moment without a fixed plan or script. In classes and shows with Here & Now this looks like games, scenes, stories and even whole plays made up on the spot.

There is a common view that improvisation is the last resort of the unprepared amateur. We see if differently.

We like Jill Bernard and Patrick Short’s definition of improvisation as ‘A highly refined system for observing, connecting and responding.’ To put it another way it’s all about opening up, noticing more and using what’s there. 

Just like fish are the last to see the water (apparently). So human’s are the last to see that sensing-and-responding in real time is their superpower. The skill we use from the moment of birth onwards. 

It’s an incredible ability to listen and respond in the moment, and it takes a mix of knowledge, skill, openness and flexibility. Simply put, life demands that we improvise well in the boardroom, in the bedroom in the back room building a business. To do otherwise is to stop engaging and get stuck.

As an artform or a-thing-to-do it’s an enjoyable way of making your own entertainment, which is what everyone did before TV. And it’s an impermanent or transient artform. It happens in the moment and it disappears just as it arrives (like life, eh). This is a big attraction for many as you don’t have to commit to words on a page or paint on canvas to express your creativity. You do it with other people, it’s always imperfect, and it’s a great show of humanity.

Going one step further it’s using what you’ve got, where you are. It’s enough to start a revolution. Which will of course be improvised.

Best of all improvisation attracts people who are kind, generous and playful.

Of course we’re biassed but we think it’s pretty special.

In our classes (usually 10-12 people) you’ll discover the principles and techniques of improvisational play with scenes, stories and characters. Guided by our teachers you’ll discover how to make scenes that are easy and delightful with quick agreement and playful co-operation. 

It’s not stand up – so you won’t be alone on stage and you won’t be telling jokes. And no, you don’t have to be funny – just come as you are, don’t try too hard, and we’ll take care of the rest!

You might be surprised to learn that there is more to improv than ‘Whose line is it anyway?’ style games where the fun comes quickly and impulsively. Alongside these games we will introduce a style of play that is unhurried, truthful, and where characters and stories emerge naturally and bring even greater delight.

Either way we guarantee that you will be entertained and laughing out loud in a happy state of flow. Seriously, Netflix has nothing on real human connection.

You don’t need any acting, improv or comedy experience at all to join our classes. We welcome complete beginners and anyone who is just a little bit curious.

Beware: spending time with open-minded and open-hearted improvisers is seriously addictive. Most people who do a beginners improv class with us go on to do more classes!

What you will learn

You will learn principles and techniques for improvising including:

• Listening and accepting ideas

• Being present in the moment

• Creating fun stories, scenes and characters

• Self-expression and emotional connection

• Working as a group and supporting each other

• Having confidence in your own ideas

• Mental flexibility and adaptability

• Delighting your scene partners

The classes are a great way to make new friends, build confidence, gain insights into instant creative collaboration. The simple joy of spontaneous freedom is perfect for finding new inspiration in life.

Our classes are open to absolutely anyone aged 18 and over and we only use accessible venues. 

Coming to your first class or workshop can be daunting, but if you fancy trying improv, you really should! You can contact us if you want to talk about it or ask questions.

Many of the best things in life come with ‘butterflies’, so if this appeals to you at some level, we say give it a go!

Low pressure and high in fun, our improvisation classes are great for anyone curious about improvisation, collaboration and self-expression.

Absolutely anyone can improvise and it is a lot of fun. No experience necessary.

If want to make new friends and laugh while getting in touch with your spontaneous creative side, then you’ll  enjoy this.

None of us goes through life with a script telling us what to do and we wouldn’t want one even if it was available.

We like to make our own decisions, take a few risks, connect with others, explore ideas and learn as we go. In other words, we improvise everyday.

So it’s good to play with this skillset and work on the craft of improvising so we can be more present in the moment, connect and create with others more easily, and learn to respond constructively in situations that feel beyond our control.

Learning to improvise gives you a chance to:

– have fun with like-minded, warm-hearted people

– do new things and play with more of your humanity

– share and express more of your feelings 

– learn more about yourself and others

– find renewed commitment to being active and creative

– decrease social anxiety with new skills and perspectives

– increase tolerance for uncertainty

There’s lots more too but that will do for now!

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