New Zealand and Australia AIN

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Performance of a Lifetime (POAL)

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Heaven under the Moon

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Comment by Viv McWaters on January 2, 2012 at 11:10pm

Registration for AIN Downunder is now open. Be quick for super duper early bird (new dates July 12 & 13) Hope to see you there. 

Comment by Lliam Amor on October 23, 2011 at 4:38am
Hello all - from Melbourne town.
Comment by Janis Grummitt on October 16, 2011 at 1:35pm
Hi - Janis from Auckland - I use improv for learning but interested in using it more...
Comment by Peter S. Cooper on October 16, 2011 at 12:02pm
Thanks for the heads-up. Sounds like an excellent idea!
Comment by Viv McWaters on October 14, 2011 at 8:43pm

We're planning a Regional AIN Conference in Melbourne next year (2012). We think it's time to explore our experiences of applied improv in this part of the world. So mark the dates in your calendar: July 5 - 7 and check out the website

Cheers, Viv

Comment by Andrew Gaines on April 26, 2010 at 6:13pm
Hi Jennie,

My book Creative Conversations uses improv games and other exercises to teach creative thinking skills used by great innovators. I wrote it specifically to apply improvisation techniques to the teaching of thinking skills. The games can be readily applied in the classroom.

Although the participants wouldn't know it - they are just having fun - each game is selected to develop a specific neurological skill within the nervous system. By playing the games you develop the skills. The skills become embedded in our repertoire of behaviour, and can be used spontaneously in other situations.

The first section of the book is a set of improvisation games. As you would know, they open up the spirit of play and collaborative communication.

The second section is an adaptation of Synectics that can be used in the classroom to help students develop their own creative insights into history, literature and science. Doing Synectics trains the mind to find metaphorical associations to ideas, so it helps with retention as well.

The final section focuses on using rich associations to turn any conversation into a creative conversation. The key insight on which the book is based is that many innovative thinkers use rich associations as a matter of course in their thinking. My games provide a way of translating that insight into practice.

You can download it or purchase a hard copy through It is not expensive.

I would be happy to talk with you personally about how they might be applied in the classroom. I live in Katoomba, outside of Sydney.



Andrew Gaines
Alliance for Sustainable Wellbeing
Accelerating the transition to a viable society
(02) 4782-5866
Comment by Jennie Swann on April 26, 2010 at 2:45pm
Hi from Auckland - I'm interested in improv as a way of teaching
Comment by Gila Joy Barnett on February 5, 2010 at 8:09am
Is there anybody here? I want to join Improv group in Sydney- any recommendations??
Comment by Dr Cheryl Kerr on February 14, 2009 at 1:17pm
Hi- I'm in the Brisbane area. check out to see some of what a colleague and I are doing
hope to get to know about all of you. cheers, Cheryl
Comment by Andrew Gaines on January 27, 2009 at 4:29pm
Hi Everybody - I am interested in improvisation as a means of cultivating the skills and attitudes of good willed collaboration that I believe are the foundation of a healthy society - plus the fun of it! I live in Katoomba but often come to Sydney.

Hi Todd – we met at the Adelaide facilitators’ conference last year.



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