Can Improv Change the World?


“If more people improvised there would be no war.”

Here is an interesting question to ponder. Can Improv create change? I’m not talking small step interpersonal change, which is something I fully stand behind: Improv can create a level of self-confidence and quick thinking in an individual that changes lives. Improv is a viable skill. But to say that it is a skill that promotes big change? Global change? No war change? Over at that’s the correlation that’s being made in an article entitled “Best-Kept Secret to Creating Social Change: Improv.”

Based on the hypothesis of the article, the small step interpersonal change that improv can give you makes you a better person and thus is a natural stepping stone to changing the world at large.

I don’t think I can follow that leap. Yes I believe improv can change your place in the world, (if you are a quick thinking self-confident person, it’s only natural) but to then in turn say that Improv will push you to change the world? As a layman speaking out of my proverbial butt, I don’t think there’s a precedence of improvisers changing the word. Is there any historical data that says individuals active in world change spent time in an improv class? Or is that something that is part of the up and coming generation, those who are posed to take over the world?

Whether or not improvisers are becoming world leaders of social change, what a fascinating question to ponder in terms of the place of improv in the classroom. It many classes improv is seen as (sometimes by both students and by administrators) a bunch of silly games. What if improv wasn’t seen as a bunch of games but a methodology to create activists? Leaders? Changers? Would that encourage administrators or scare them?

What specific improv games could change the world?

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Lindsay Price