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AIN members and friends who live in the San Francisco Bay area. We meet bimonthly to share ideas, brainstorm, and try out new activities.

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Comment by Zohar Adner on Saturday

Hi Bay Area-ers!

My flash mob company is having a series of performance on Monday, 8/25 just outside Moscone Center South (747 Howard St)

Show times will be approximately 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 5:30pm.

It would be great to see you there.
(cuz, yeah - I'm gonna be in town for it!)
There's also the potential for dinner on the 24th or 26th. Email or message me for details :)
:)
Zohar
Comment by Laine Forman on May 15, 2014 at 1:14pm

AIN Bay Area Next Meeting, AIN International Conference, and Upcoming Non-AIN events!


Next Meeting – Next Tuesday, May 20th, 7-10pm
Location: St Francis Medical Center Office Building (Lower Level Conference Room)
1199 Bush Street @ Hyde, San Francisco
Price: $5 at door, Please RSVP to laine.forman@gmail.com

Theme: "Difficult Conversations"

 

Come join us to talk about your 'difficult conversations' in doing Applied Improvisation, and how you handle those conversations. Do you have trouble nailing down a price? Speaking to a brand new client? Asking the right initial questions? Be prepared to bring your challenging scenarios and discuss with one another solutions that have worked. 

 

In light of these conversations, we will have a game swap on "Communication!" So bring your 'communication' games to share!

 

 

Tickets for the National AIN Conference November 6-9 “Think Big, Be Big, Connect Big!” held in Austin, Texas are up: Find out more information here: ainconference.org

 

 

 

Unofficial AIN workshops:

 

2-day Facilitation Skills: "You and the Glue"

Saturday, May 31st-Sunday, June 1st 9:30-5:30pm

Facilitator: Sue Walden

 

This workshop is an experiential exploration of the essential facilitation skills, behaviors and attitudes that encourage participants to get actively involved in the experimentation and self-reflection that inspires new learning. Also cover: the “invisible” skills and tools throughout a program that make it easy for participants to stay focused and on purpose.

 

Day One focuses on YOU making conscious your unconscious skills behaviors and attitudes that contribute or inhibit a learning environment. Day Two focuses on the GLUE that holds a design together, creates the kind of flow that supports effortless learning, and adds polish.

 

More information and registration: http://improvworks.org/you-the-glue/

 

And, Back by popular demand:

An Improvisational Approach to Program Design

Wednesday, May 28th 9:30-5:30

Facilitator: Sue Walden

 

There are important considerations when planning a talk, a presentation or a workshop. A large consideration is to balance pre-planning and the flexibility required in the actual program. Bring an idea, and you will engage hands-on in a simple, colorful and fun 7-step process, and leave with a plan.

Includes

 

• A pre-workshop questionnaire to gain clarity. 

• When to pre-assess a group 

• Exploration of many ways to organize and present material 

• Importance of a Learning Model, and some examples. 

• Understanding the impact on learning of different levels of risk. 

• Taking into account different styles of learning and thinking 

• Planning templates

Interspersed will be various activities that can be woven into your program designs.

 

More information and registration: http://improvworks.org/an-improv-approach-to-program-design-april-2...

 

 

Please let me know if you have events you want to share to our community! Also, I am looking for a partner-in-crime on hosting/ creating future AIN events. If you want to be more involved in our local AIN Bay Area chapter, please contact me at laine.forman@gmail.com.

 

 

Comment by Laine Forman on March 27, 2014 at 11:17am

Hi all! Next weekend the lovely Sue Walden is offering an Improvisational Approach to Program Design workshop! See details below, and let me know if you are interested... 

Sue Walden shares her 30-year’s experience...

An Improvisational Approach to Program Design

NEW DATES:

Saturday, April 5th- Sunday, April 6th

10am-5:30pm

Do you have an up-coming talk, presentation, or workshop? Would you like to experience how to quickly and effectively design it? ...PLUS learn lots of activities to bring your program alive?

This two-day hands-on workshop will provide a simple and fun 7-step process to create a design for YOUR interactive event:

Bring your idea for a one-hour to one- day program, and explore:

• A pre-workshop questionnaire to gain clarity.
• When and how to pre-assess a group.
• Importance of a Learning Model, and some examples.
• Many ways to organize and present material.
• Levels of risk and their impact on learning.
• Different styles of learning and thinking.
• Planning templates for future programs.

You will leave with a design in hand as well as a helpful workbook/guide to do it on your own for future events.

Doors open at 9:30 for registration and coffee/ tea

St. Francis Medical Ctr Office Bldg; 1199 Bush Street at Hyde (Lower Level Conference Room) in San Francisco

Only $750 for action-packed 2 days; Discount for AIN members: $695 
Includes designing materials, workbook, lunch and break beverages & snacks. 
Limited student/ senior discounts (please inquire)
Register at PayPal: sue@improvworks.org Use this email to ask Sue content questions.

Other questions? laine.forman@gmail.com Parking? http://sanfrancisco.bestparking.com/

Your Facilitator:

Sue Walden, with a BA in Education, has over 30 years of experience in teaching, workshop design, and adapting and applying the techniques of improvisation all over the world. In addition to being a master teacher in improvisational theater, Sue is a dynamic corporate facilitator, a Keynote speaker, an author and for 25 years, was the director of San Francisco’s longest-running improvisational theater company, “Flash Family.” Sue is passionate about training trainers and consults trainers on how to design powerful experiential workshops. 

Comment by Owen Walker on March 2, 2014 at 4:34pm

I wish I could join everyone for the AIN meeting on Monday March 3 but I teach an Improvisation class that night.  Ahhh, the irony of it all. Hope to make the next one.

Comment by Kathy Klotz-Guest on March 2, 2014 at 3:03pm

Hi all,

A clarification for Monday's location...Google shows St. Francis Medical Center as 900 Bush. The address for the Monday event is 1199 Bush...I am getting a different medical center from St. Francis Medical Center.  I am getting BaySpring Medical Group. If anyone has anything different, let me know.

Comment by Raquell Holmes on February 24, 2014 at 6:55pm

Looking forward to meeting people next Monday!!!

Comment by Laine Forman on February 19, 2014 at 12:24am

AIN Bay Area Upcoming events! 

AIN Berlin to AIN Bay Area - Monday, March 3rd
The Applied Improv Network International Conference in 2013 was hosted in Berlin. Several speakers were from the SF Bay Area but we also know that many members in the Bay Area were not able to be there. So…

On Monday, March 3rd Bay Area presenters and participants will share some of their sessions, notes and experiences!  Conference presenters will provide 30-minute interactive sessions to give us a hands on experience of what they presented at the conference; conference participants will share some of their "ah-has." Presenters include Sue Walden, Rich Cox, Chris Sams, Yael Schy, and more... 

As this is the first 'official' AIN Bay Area meeting of 2014- we’ll end the session with a meet and greet and have an opportunity to decide what’s next on the agenda for 2014.

Date: Monday, March 3rd
Time: 7-10pm
Cost: $10 in advance/ $15 at door
Location: St. Francis Medical Center 1199 Bush Street @ Hyde (Lower Level Conference Room) San Francisco, CA
Register: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/587417

Comment by Laine Forman on February 19, 2014 at 12:24am

Unofficial AIN Events:

Game Night Reprise!  - Sunday, February 23rd

We had so much fun at the last informal Game Night, we decided to do it again! Bring your favorite applied improv game – one that you have enjoyed and had success with – to share with the group.  

If you'd like to come, please contact Sue right away as space is limited-sue@improvworks.org 

Date: Sunday, February 23

Time: 6-9 pm

Location: Bruce Honig's home (contact Sue for exact address)  
Cost: Free (but please bring a snack to share!)


An Improvisational Approach to Program Design: A 2-day Workshop with one of AIN's founding members, Sue Walden
Saturday, March 8- Sunday, March 9 

Do you have an up-coming talk, presentation, or workshop? Would you like to experience how to quickly and effectively design it?…PLUS learn lots of activities to bring your program alive? This two-day hands-on workshop will provide a simple and fun 7-step process to create a design for YOUR interactive event:
Bring your ideas for a program, and explore: 

• A pre-workshop questionnaire to gain clarity.
• When and how to pre-assess a group.
• Importance of a Learning Model, and some examples. 
• Many ways to organize and present material.
• Levels of risk and their impact on learning.
• Different styles of learning and thinking. 
• Handy planning templates for future programs.

Sue Walden, with a BA in Education, has over 30 years of experience in teaching, workshop design, and adapting and applying the techniques of improvisation all over the world. In addition to being a master teacher in improvisational theater, Sue is a dynamic corporate facilitator, a Keynote speaker, an author and for 25 years, was the director of San Francisco’s longest-running improvisational theater company, “Flash Family.” Sue is passionate about training trainers and consults trainers on how to design powerful experiential workshops.

Date: Saturday, March 8- Sunday, March 9 
Time: 10am-5:30pm, Doors open at 9:30 for registration and coffee/ tea
Location: St. Francis Medical Center Office Building (1199 Bush Street at Hyde (Lower Level Conference Room) in San Francisco)

Registration cost for 2 days: $750 (non-AIN members); $695 (AIN members)  (Includes designing materials, workbook, lunch and break beverages & snacks.)
limited student/ senior discounts (please inquire) 
Register at PayPal: sue@improvworks.org
Questions? Email laine.forman@gmail.com

 

 

Comment by Zohar Adner on February 13, 2014 at 12:43pm

Lordy how I miss you folks. Some of you folks know that I've been putting together flash mobs all over the US and Canada. 

We're going to have one along the Embarcadero at around 12:30 on March 2nd. (sadly, I can't make it out there to be a part of it, but you can!)

Details and updates are available here:

http://www.meetup.com/Flash-mob-fun-Bay-Area/events/163551942/?_af_...

They're scheduling the rehearsal now through this doodle - http://www.doodle.com/ixk8nrd2ebeybx9a

so if you want to weigh in/be a part of it, please check it out right away.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Comment by Laine Forman on January 28, 2014 at 12:34am

Game Night - Friday, January 31st

Cheryl, Matt & Sue were soo disappointed that the December 30th game swap got cancelled, they decided to find a time to get together and play, even if it just the 3 of them.  They chose this Friday, January 31st and are looking for a place in Marin.  This is not an "official" AIN event, though they are hoping other AIN folks also miss getting together to play and share games/exercises/activities and want to join them. Playful friends (non AIN) are welcome. Bring your favorite applied improv game – one that you have enjoyed and had success with – to share with the group.  

If you'd like to come, contact Sue right away: sue@improvworks.org

Date: Friday, January 31st
Time: 7-10pm
Cost: Depending on space- may be free, may be a donation toward space rental. 
Location: Sue will fill you in!

AIN Berlin to AIN Bay Area - Monday, March 3rd

Many folks from the Bay Area presented at the AIN National Conference in Berlin, but also many of us were unable to be there. So....

On Monday, March 3rd Bay Area presenters and participants will share some of their sessions, notes and experiences!  Conference presenters will provide 30-minute interactive sessions to give us a hands on experience of what they presented at the conference; conference participants will share some of their "ah-has." So far presenters include Sue Walden, Chris Sams, Yael Schy, and Rich Cox. If you presented at or attended the AIN Berlin Conference and are interested in presenting, please contact Laine at laine.forman@gmail.com.

As this is the first 'official' AIN Bay Area meeting of 2014- we’ll end the session with a meet and greet and have an opportunity to decide what’s next on the agenda for 2014.


Date: Monda, March 3rd
Time: 7-10pm
Cost: $10 
Location: TBD (in San Francisco) - but you can go ahead and save the date!
 

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