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Mindset of Discovery: Your Superpower

The definition of the Mindset of Discovery emerged from 20 years of helping companies build and activate cultures aligned with their values and fueled by engaged leaders and innovators, able to thrive in an ever-changing business landscape.

John Sweeney: Six Ways to Practice Listening Right Now

To get better and spend more time in the Mindset of Discovery, we must practice the behaviors that lead us there.
John Sweeney, co-author of The Innovative Mindset and owner of the Brave New Workshop comedy theatre, gives six suggestions for practicing the art of “Listening.”

The healing power of community, creativity and mindset – nudging practice

My life work is sharing the mindset and behaviors inherent in improvisation with as many people as possible, because I believe it’s one of the most simple, powerful and fun practices on the planet. In meeting more than 10,000 students in this human laboratory for...

Thank you Brave New Workshop clients, partners and friends!

The Brave New Workshop celebrated its 60th year of stirring conversations, sparking innovation, and most importantly helping people practice being in a mindset of connection, creativity, and forward-moving action vs. one of fear. We are fortunate to continue this work because of you. Thank you.

Behind the Mask: Aerial Observations

I was the one in the owl costume. If you attended our fall 2018 MNovation conference, you probably noticed the avian trio strutting around the conference center and down Hennepin Ave. They were a lovely bunch. Well, some of them. There was the duck. A fuzzy yellow...

Failure, Persistence, Reinvention: The Pathway to Innovation

Humans have the agency for change. That is what makes us such fantastic innovators. We can take a problem and turn it into a much more interesting solution. We can reinvent. There is no such thing as a cure-all, but this is the closest we’ve gotten.

How to Get Unstuck with Margi Simmons

How to Get Unstuck with Margi Simmons

Feeling stuck?

In BNW’s Creative Outreach team, we get the question a lot (especially when we are doing a training) around being stuck – what do you do if you just can’t seem to get back on track?

When that happens, Directors of Applied Improvisation Margi Simmons has some ways that she works to get going again after a stall or setback.

Creative Outreach Summer Camp Cheers!

In BNW’s Creative Outreach team, sometimes we just need to get up, get moving, and get silly to get through whatever task is getting in our way for the day.

When that happens, Directors of Applied Improvisation Bobby Gardner and Margi Simmons like to do their “INNOVATE” cheer. Check it out above – we guarantee you’ll be cheering along before the end!

Trailmix: Five Inspirations to Get Started

Trailmix: Five Inspirations to Get Started

It’s time for our monthly “trailmix,” a collection of interesting pieces of inspiration, thought leadership and innovative new ideas, and this month we’re focus on getting started when you are feeling stagnant. Beginning again can be harder than starting in the first place. It requires mustering up your original enthusiasm and overcoming the mental obstacles that caused you to stop in the first place. When you do begin, however, you’ll discover that the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get can be even bigger, and the passion you once had for a goal or project can be found…if you search within yourself long enough and simply “Jump In” again.
Enjoy our monthly list of articles, media and more to inspire you to buckle down and get started!

Our “Get Started” Playlist

Our “Get Started” Playlist

It happens to the best of us. We start a project or a goal or an intention with energy and enthusiasm, and for whatever reason, things fade out. Enter stagnation. One of the hardest things to do is start again when you’ve been putting something off, or just lost that initial passion for it.

No matter how impossible it may seem, it is possible to start again, and to renew that fervor! You can do it, and you can do it today! You just need the right soundtrack to get yourself going.

With that in mind, we put together a playlist of songs to remind you to get back on that horse today! Start that couch to 5k again, dust off that home project that’s been sitting in your garage, or open that folder on your desktop you’ve been avoiding, and get going! Get your headphones out, hit play, and hear the songs that inspire us to “Get Started” every day!

Trailmix: Five Inspirations to Listen

Trailmix: Five Inspirations to Listen

It’s time for our monthly “trailmix,” a collection of interesting pieces of inspiration, thought leadership and innovative new ideas, and this month we’re focus on listening. “Listening” is one of the Big Five behaviors that can root us in a Mindset of Discovery, and lead to a pattern of innovation. At it’s core, listening is simply the act of opening your mind and ears to those around you – easy to understand, hard to do. Enjoy our monthly list of articles, media and more to inspire you to listen!

Our “Listening” Playlist

Our “Listening” Playlist

To Listen is simply to open your ears and mind, and really hear what the person speaking is trying to say.

With that in mind, we put together a playlist of songs to remind you to open your ears and “Listen” today! So get your headphones out, hit play, and hear the songs that inspire us to “Listen” every day!