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Improv & Democracy: Making it Hard to Hate

May 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


“When you have a lot of warm, friendly, funny faces coming at you, you respond very naturally… I’m struck by how laughter connects you to people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy.”
– John Cleese

As the world becomes increasingly polarized and reactionary, we need to develop caring and decent ways to engage disagreements, debate contentious and difficult issues (e.g. poverty, climate, war, race, gender), and strengthen democracy. What is our vision for a new culture of politics globally and how do we get there?

In this 90-minute workshop we will play with possibilities as we create a space for sharing our upset and frustrations about the erosion of democracy around the globe. Let’s give the world the tools to make it hard to hate – play, performance and improvisation!

Join facilitators Don Waisanen, author of the new book Improv and Democracy: How to Bridge Differences and Develop the Communication and Leadership Skills Our World Needs (SUNY Press, 2021) and longtime grassroots political independent organizer and Global Play Brigade co-founder, Marian Rich.


May 19
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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