Grounding Practices that Enable Emergence in Dialogue

Design and engagement practitioners have adopted mindfulness approaches to large group participation recently, that help participants move from “heady” intellectual interactions to more embodied states of presence and awareness. Perhaps the most well-known approach is that of Theory U (Presencing), which has been applied in a huge range of process contexts, including in the 2015 […]

Homo Ludens – The Playing Body

An exploration of our physical relationship to media technology October’s DwD session was hosted by Antje Budde of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studiesat the University of Toronto, affiliated with and inspired by the exhibition “SPLICE: At the Intersection of Art and Medicine” curated by KMDI Fellow and international artist Nina Czegledy.   […]

Dialogue with Clowns

February 2011 DwD featured nonverbal participatory social presence, led by Heidi Madsen (Columbus, Ohio), Elsa Lam (Dzieci Theatre Troupe), and Patricia Kambitsch (Playthink). Some of the exercises required attentive listening beyond hearing. Dexter Ico captures Four Clowns at  Bus Stop, performed here by all participants. The “lead clown” is given a scenario, the others, without […]

The Presence Workshop

The May Design with Dialogue featured The Presence Workshop was hosted by Dexter Ico. The Presence Workshop is about play and public speaking.  It’s experiential, intensive, and spontaneous; having fun with the serious.  It’s about sensing your self and censoring your self-doubt, because the knowledge you communicate to others is also always felt.  People listen […]