Sitting in the gaite lyrique

This Theatre is now a dream space for internet entrepreneurs. The Wi-Fi is free, the decor sumptuous, and the welcome warm and real. I come here to work when I have a bit of time free. I find it a great place for list making and planning. Something to do with the architecture I guess.
At the moment I’m working at gtd. Getting things done. This is a three to five step methodology developed by David Allen.
The framework is simple
Research your question, problem, etc. Analyse its structure, break it down to simple bullet point action steps, follow the steps to complete the solution. Celebrate the outcome.

Soul searching preparation for personal projects

When preparing a project the first thing you need to do is to have a meeting with yourself!
There are three big questions to ask at that meeting:

Do I really want to do this?
What will my reward be and will it be adequate to the effort I will need to put in?
Do I have access to the resources needed to succeed?

Far too many people kick off projects without posing these basic questions. The lack of answers to these carry the seeds of diminishing motivation, personal disappointment and sterile conflict.
Resources include the capacity to mobilise  time, money, manpower, a place, equipment, skills, talent, and a well balanced team. How are you going to deal with each point?

I suggest you clarify your vision using the  Business Model You framework.
Methodkit produces a useful version. Or for more business oriented frameworks you can hunt out your favourite  Business Model Canvas on the Internet.filling_out_the_BMC

Write down your answers to the questions you have been asking yourself. They will help you all the way through. Fill the Business model form out with thought. Blow it up to A3 or bigger and print it out. Or even better, draw your own wall sized model. Use Post-Its. Confront the canvas to trusted friends and colleagues. Listen to their advice and comment.

My advice is that when all the questions are answered and your vision is clear, don’t hesitate,  MOVE. But not before!

Exploiting Commedia Dell’Arte

igelosi001p4Today I have just taught my first theatre course of the year at ESIEE -Paris.
In this first lesson my mission is to help these future engineers onto the path of becoming flexible talented improvisers. For some years now I have been doing this through the stock characters of the Commedia Dell’Arte . The process is explosive: xploring participants’ body language, developing their personal fantasy and imagination, enhancing their charisma and collaboration.
This two hour session lays the foundation for the whole course. Atmosphere, credibility and factual value. Aristotle would be proud of us!
The Commedia reached its prime in 16th century Italy where it was immensely popular. The various characters were taken up and explored by playwrights throughout Europe.
After a shared warm up I introduce the physical and emotional aspects and mental posture of three or four characters in the first hour. Sometimes, but not always, Harlequin, the Captain, Pantaloon, and Columbine. The class play the characters, stealing ideas from each other to produce the most effective versions.
In the second hour I create improvisational dynamics, leading the participants to be in turn spectators, actors and directors. In this way each player learns to help and encourage the others.