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Best-Kept Secret to Creating Social Change: Improv

I hold the secret to the fastest, widest ranging, longest lasting, and certainly most fun path to positive, global social change: Everyone in...


I hold the secret to the fastest, widest ranging, longest lasting, and certainly most fun path to positive, global social change: Everyone in the world should take an improv class. I have never been more serious about anything in my life. If more people improvised, there would be no war.

Improvisation is the art of making it up. Winging it. Often used in theatre, it is the creation of a scene or tiny play that arises from a suggestion from the audience, a tiny play for which the script is made up on the spot. If all you can think about right now is “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” then please allow me to elaborate.

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GOOD Talks: Lawrence Lessig on Money and Political Corruption

The Harvard law professor, political activist, and founder of Rootstrikers came by GOOD HQ to talk about his plan for reforming our political system.

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Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig has made it his mission to fight the corrupting influence of money in government. He's the founder of Rootstrikers, a nonprofit devoted to reforming a political system in which ordinary people no longer have influence. He's also the author of the recent Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, which looks at how wealthy special interests and changes in campaign finance laws have brought America to the position it is in today.

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What Do You Love: The Anesthesiologist

Anesthesiologist Alexandra Conrad talks about the little things she loves.

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What do you love? Anesthesiologist Alexandra Anderson Conrad takes us outside the operating room on a tour of the little things she loves when she's not "saving lives—no big deal." Here are 10 of them:

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What Do You Love: The Ecologist

Warren Brush takes us on a tour of the things he loves, from cooking with his family to tracking cougars.

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One Minute Until Impact: Charles Kane on Gaining Capital to Grow

"Getting access to capital in a nonprofit status is incredibly difficult."

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Charles Kane is a director and former president of One Laptop Per Child. Before joining the impact-focused organization in 2008, he worked as an executive at several successful technology companies.

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One Minute Until Impact: Heather Fleming on the Need for Design Thinking

Social entrepreneurs don't consider their business from the perspective of the people who will be its customers.

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Heather Fleming is a designer and an engineer who co-founded Catapult Design, a nonprofit firm that collaborates with social entrepreneurs to ensure the products and business models they've designed to change people's lives work in practice. Fleming began her career doing product development in Silicon Valley, but transitioned into humanitarian design after working with Engineers Without Borders.

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