Is improv comedy the key to innovation?

03/10/2010 | Fast Company online

Improv-comedy workshops can help unlock your team's latent creativity, says Dartmouth engineering professor Peter Robbie. Learning to crack jokes on the fly helps designers and other creative thinkers to defer judgment and solve problems collaboratively, Robbie argues. "Brainstorming is usually plagued by problems like self-censoring, competitiveness, and ridicule," he says. "Improv requires players to accept what they are given, build on the ideas of others, and encourage wild ideas."

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