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I began my careers in research and comedy while I was in college. (Reagan was still president.) My research roots are in quantitative, but I branched out into qualitative 20 years ago, and I’m a better researcher (and comedian) because of it. My comedy roots are in stand-up and writing, but I branched out into improv nearly 25 years ago, and I’m a better person and researcher (and better comedian) because of it. As a counter-balance to the fun and creativity, I’m also a member of the California Bar.
If academic pedigree were as prized as a canine’s, my degrees from Cornell and UCLA and year at Oxford might qualify me for the Westminster Kennel Club. But, my best education has come outside the classroom. The animating principle in my life is discovering and honoring the common humanity and dignity that reside within each of us. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with, and performing for, thousands of people from all walks of life. I’m enriched by the diversity of perspectives I’ve heard, and I’m heartened whenever I witness the kindness and generosity of spirit that recognizes the shared needs, wants, values, fears and motivations that make us human.
I am co-facilitating a workshop called, “Joke Around and Find Out” with Eliah Thomas, Executive Director of the Institute for Civility, on the importance of humor for civility and in life.
Is everything so heavy these days that we’ve forgotten how to lighten up? Can humor bring us together—maybe even to be more civil? What if the joke is on us? Humor is a perspective—a state of mind, a way of perceiving the world and ourselves. Can we cultivate it to connect more with ourselves and each other? See how empathy, humility and wonder—building blocks for civility and dialogue—are also the essence of humour. Or don’t. Who are we to tell you what to do?
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This-once-in-a-lifetime talk from the world’s leading expert on everything promises to change your life from the inside out, top to bottom, soup to nuts, nuts to soup, thoroughly revolutionizing the way you look at the world and the way the world looks at you, upending everything you thought you knew about anything, giving you a whole new perspective on life and your role in it—at work, at play, in sex and love, your financial future and your sense of self-worth, your raison d’etre, joie de vivre, foie gras and je ne sais quois—making you the most incredible human being ever to walk the face of the Earth. Or it won’t. It’s up to you.
Conference Speaker/Guest Presenter:
Co-presented ‘playshops’ with Pascal Patenaude at the worldwide conference (Vienna, Austria, 2016) and individual chapters on the value and utility of Applied Improvisational Thinking for qualitative researchers.
Co-presented with Dina Shulman, Annual Conference 2017 (Los Angeles) “Tapping into the Creative Storytelling Processes of Broadway and Hollywood”, exploring what researchers can learn from the mindset and approaches of writers, actors and directors.
Co-Energizer with Pascal Patenaude,
Creative Problem Solving Institute 2021
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On The One Hand, On The Other
My blog on perspective, often with a comedic twist.