I recently heard that climate comedy is finally hitting prime-time entertainment.
It appears the penny is dropping: if we’re to sustain the Herculean level of social reinvention the climate crisis demands of us, we’re going to need a laugh along the way.
Plenty of laughs, in fact – and psychological resilience and flexibility.
I’ve long been a believer in the benefits of improvisation exercises and games. This article in Psychology Today cites evidence that they help us:
- tolerate uncertainty
- think creatively
- feel better
And while not all improv is about generating comedy, it typically delivers a lot of laughter.
All of which reminds me of a project I was involved in a couple of years ago…
Zero carbon + improv = ?
I was taking part in the Centre for Alternative Technology’s Zero Carbon Britain course (in 2017) when it first occurred to me that zero carbon thinking might go well with improv.
In the final section of the course, we explored ways participants could take Zero Carbon Britain insights out into our everyday world.
I chose to focus on the role of the arts. By day, I’m an editor and writer, but I’ve also been involved in community theatre, improv and Fun Palaces, and I know there are endless ways beyond the page for words to foster social and environmental solutions. I’m open to exploring any of them.
The shift to safe carbon practices is going to involve some deeply personal changes for all of us, and if we’re to remain (fairly!) stable and happy as we go, we’ll need to be able to do these things:
- tolerate change and uncertainty
- think in new ways
- enjoy the moment as far as possible
So, how to make sure we have these capabilities? Learn to improvise, in pursuit of…
- acceptance / realism
‘Yes, and.’ Accept where we are and work from there. Or rather, here.
- imagination / inventiveness
‘Yes, and.’ Find new possibilities, grounded in the new reality.
- present-moment quality of life
As a result, increase spontaneity, reciprocity, reward, fun.(more…)