Update #2 Non Sequitur

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Playful Ideas

Together with my friend Tim, I’m facilitating a virtual improv class tonight. We usually get together on Zoom and play silly games for about 2 hours. One of the core aspects of improv is the idea of accepting. If a player starts a scene the other players accept her offer and start building on top of it. For today’s improv session I spend some time looking up improv games and exercises to train acceptance of ideas of others. Let me know if you are interested in improve and would like to join our 7 pm sessions on Tuesday.

Growing Methods

I started reading Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter and made my way through the 30-page prologue. The main idea of the book that all of our concepts and thoughts are based on analogies.

“Indeed, the central thesis of our book — a simple yet nonstandard idea — is that the spotting of analogies pervades every moment of our thought, thus constituting thought’s core. To put it more explicitly, analogies do not happen in our minds just once a week or once a day or once an hour or even once a minute; no, analogies spring up inside our minds numerous times every second. We swim nonstop in an ocean of small, medium-sized, and large analogies, ranging from mundane trivialities to brilliant insights.”

It’s a pretty fascinating insight, in particular in the context of Vast Experiences’ mission. If we have more different analogies we can construct thoughts from, we should be able to draw a more colourful world view. Oh wow, there are so many analogies in the last sentence 🙂

Creative Experiments

It’s has been a week now that we are running our Early Work Crew deep work sessions. I have to say I feel more energised and inspired than before. It’s awesome to get a head start into the day and at the same time getting inspired by the rest of the Crew. If you like to join the Early Work Crew follow this link and join the Zoom call from 7 am.

Connected Discussions

Today I spoke with Simone Maus from Collective Insight. Simone runs facilitation courses. In particular, online facilitation skills are more and more important, especially during times of isolation. Simone is running the next Zenergy facilitation course in Melbourne from May 11th. Zenergy is a group of professional facilitators originally from New Zealand. I read their book The Art of Facilitation by Dale Hunter at the start of the year after my friend Jono was raving about the course. I really enjoyed the book. One of the main insights for me was that you first need to facilitate yourself before you can facilitate others. If you are interested in finding out more Simone is running a Facilitation Q&A every Wednesday on in this Zoom Link.

Curious Conclusions

I learned a new word today Non-Sequitur. It was mentioned on Surface and Essences and there was also a related improv game I stumbled upon this morning. A Non-Sequitur is a conclusion or reply that doesn’t follow logically from the previous statement. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s update, especially since I found a praying mantis on the street today.

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