Caught in the act

James Cherkoff and I went out last weekend with Jesper Bindslev and Jon Froda whose shared blog is e-mediators. We’d first met them at Reboot7 earlier this year where we had a lot of fun together. They were great company hugely engaging to talk to and full of ideas. (Disclosure: if you read what they say about us, you’ll recognise a Mutual Appreciation Society).

They’re both interested in innovation and co-creation and are writing a thesis (collaboratively, of course) on Making sense of corporate blogging through social movement theory. If you read that post, you’ll see they provide some further academic depth to the sort of stuff Hugh posted about the porous membrane. This notion of movements of people transcending the apparent fixed boundaries of corporations seems pretty important to me.

Anyway, towards the end of the evening over dinner, we got round to talking about Improv and they recorded my impromptu demonstration of one of my favourite improv activities, the shared drawing game. Jesper has just posted the results as a five minute video here.

If you’re interested in the exercise, I wrote a post with a bit more detail here.

5 thoughts on “Caught in the act

  1. John Hornbaker

    Having watched the video of the shared drawing game the other day, I was struck at how one might twist the game to draw, say, a collaborative mind map when working up a concept or fleshing out an idea. It would lead to some surprise for certain and perhaps could lead to some useful insights and connections you might not get out of the collaboration otherwise. I’ll have to try it out next time I get the opportunity.

  2. Johnnie Moore

    Funnily enough John, that’s exactly what I once did with two friends straight after playing with the drawing game. And the effect was pretty remarkable. There’s some real energy when you make a choice to just accept other people’s offers for a while.

  3. Nancy White

    Hey Johnnie, I have been wanting to remember this exercise. The video is currently not available. Any other pointers? (Still trying to find your blog post about this exercise.)


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