“Lisa creates an energetically safe space for people to explore what creativity means.” —Nadia Clifford Sr Director, Engineering Program Management "With her honest, smart and patient voice, Kramer gives us creative tools, resources and hope...for a more caring, equitable, and compassionate world." —Cathy Rose Salit Founder of Global Play Brigade, CEO Emerita of Performance of a Lifetime, author of Performance Breakthrough (Hachette 2016) Are you ready to reignite your creative power? Rediscover the powerful tool that we all possess in this inspiring book. Whether you're an artist, entrepreneur, or simply someone looking to reconnect with your creative spark, this book will guide you on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. You'll discover how to tap into the creative and collaborative power that will help solve problems, build communities, and develop a stronger creative economy. Through its practical advice and thought-provoking exercises, this book shows you how to embrace an important part of yourself that many have forgotten—the joy of creativity. With its message of hope and possibility, it invites you to join a movement of creative thinkers and doers who are working together to shape a better future for all of us. Don't let your creativity languish. Let's create together and make a difference in the world!
Over the years, Lisa A. Kramer (MFA, PhD) discovered the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration as a tool for strengthening all aspects of society. As an educator, theatre director, creativity facilitator, Gateless writing instructor, author, and speaker she built a career on helping others access their inner creative power in order to discover new approaches toward making this a more just, equitable world.
As a recovering academic, Dr. Kramer strives to find relatable and creative ways to share knowledge and understanding with broader audiences both in person and virtually. She does this through Spark Collaborative, a virtual community built so support the creativity in all of us.
Her book Creative Collaborations Through Inclusive Theatre and Community Based Learning won the American Alliance for Theatre Education Distinguished Book Award (2018). Her debut novel P.O.W.er was a finalist for the Sarton Literary Price in Contemporary Fiction.
This section of the book explains the practice of "Yes, And . . .", a technique that comes from the world of improvisation.
What would happen if you applied this to your life in the coming year?
Re-Creating the World
The concept of Yes, And . . . moves beyond theater. What would happen if we embraced the concept in our lives, our businesses, and our relationships or as we try to come up with solutions to some of the bigger issues that plague us, like the environment, racism, and social justice? What would happen if the offer we received enabled us to find our own solutions to problems we didn’t even realize existed? What would happen if you and your team said, “Yes, And . . .” to every idea in a brainstorming session? Imagine the possibilities.