August 29, 2015 - 9:38am - Posted by Neil

Part of what was fun at CESTEMER was that we got to play, not just work! The Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research conference brought together creative people who do science and science outreach with teachers and artists.

August 14, 2015 - 3:33pm - Posted by Neil

I read Stephen Nachmanovitch's book Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art and enjoyed thinking about its relation to my experiences, work life, and play life!

August 3, 2015 - 8:53pm - Posted by Neil

Improvscience develops scientists' abilities to be creative and build with the ideas of others. However, seeing improvisation in the day to day practice of science is not yet commonplace. "Yes, And" is an improvisational principle that we can see in our scientific practice

July 21, 2015 - 11:40am - Posted by Neil

Creating diverse, inclusive environments is a demanding practice. It asks people to be uncomfortable as we create new and unfamiliar ways of relating and working together. Through improvscience workshops, we develop the capacity of individuals and organizations to create inclusive, flexible and collaborative ways of working that build on the differences within and across groups. These day-to-day communication skills are crucial to the process of creating inclusive environments.

July 20, 2015 - 1:29pm - Posted by Neil

At improvscience, we help scientists learn to be playful. It is part of learning to be creative and collaborative. So given I often think about what "play" means, I was excited to discover the work of Penny Wilson. She has advocated for play in children's lives.

June 17, 2015 - 11:03am - Posted by Neil

Dr. Raquell Holmes and Eric Olson, a research journalist, recently spoke about science communication.

May 15, 2015 - 11:25am - Posted by Neil

improvscience created the Living Improv Experiment, or LIvE, to explore what it's like for scientists to improvise -- and be improvised about -- this March. You can now watch clips of the event online!

May 2, 2015 - 8:12am - Posted by Neil

Holmes of improvscience welcomes NASA, Alan Alda Center and more in June.

March 29, 2015 - 12:43pm - Posted by Neil

The Living Improv Experiment (LIvE) will take place Monday, March 30, at 6:30 at Ned Devine's in Fanueil Hall, Boston. The LIvE event is the first of its kind, drawing from improvscience & friends, to bring an improvised performance about science to the public. Raquell Holmes, creator of LIvE, will emcee the evening and involve the audience as co-researchers in the experiment.

January 19, 2015 - 6:05am - Posted by Raquell

A less often mentioned quote of Martin Luther King from his Western Michigan, 1963 talk:

            "I must say there are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of good‐will will be maladjusted... I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation. and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few...


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