About The Applied Improvisation Network

The Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) is a global community of over 7000 members online and numerous local groups.

Our Goals

  • To promote the practice of applied improvisation
  • To support members and practitioners of applied improvisation
  • To develop methods of best practice
  • To connect our members to each other to foster collaborative working opportunities
  • To partner with organizations to promote and teach applied improvisation to their members

Our Beliefs

  • Improvisational practice has the power to improve the quality of human lives, communities, and organizational relationships
  • Play and spontaneity promote personal and professional growth and support innovation
  • Real collaboration is a valuable skill that helps organizational and group performance
  • Improvisation teaches generosity, cooperation, trust, and experimentation.  This reduces anxiety, and releases creativity
  • These benefits are open to all people at any age, any walk of life, and especially to those who have never done it before!

AIN Infocast SoCal 2017 – About AIN

Listen to Jon Trevor and our Board Members talk about the AIN, our mission, goals, projects and what’s to come in the future.

President – Barbara Tint

Barbara keeps a presidential overview of the AIN. She is committed to bring more visibility and credibility to the practice of Applied Improvisation and brings her passion, capacity for leading, connecting and inspiring to the network and to collaborators beyond.

Vice-President – Jeanne Lambin

As Vice-President, Jeanne is helping to articulate the mission and values of the organization and she helps to create other useful documents like a Board Member handbook. She wants to help people across the globe access, understand, and apply improv to help make the world a better place.

Secretary – Mary Jane Pories

Mary Jane supports the AIN organization as the Board’s Secretary and election organizer.
Email: secretary@appliedimprovisationnetwork.org

Treasurer -Mark Young

Mark is responsible for the financial health of the Network. He ensures we file the tax documents that keep us legal, works with conference organizers to ensure the budgets and spending for the conferences are aligned with Board policy and advises the Board on financial aspects of our decisions.

Barbara Tint and Joel Veenstra serve with Mark on the Finance team to ensure budget decisions are in line with the Network’s mission.
Email: markyoung@gmx.net

Legal Counsel – Joey Novick

Joey is our first port of call for any legal matters, and either gives us his advice or points us in the right direction.

Administrative Coordinator – Amy Conway

Amy assists the Board Members with their projects, coordinates the online volunteer community and is the organization’s first point of contact through this website.
Email: appliedimprovnetwork@gmail.com

Conferences – Joel Veenstra, Lisa Jacob, Angelina Castellini, Katherine Kasmir, Amy Conway

The Board makes sure a conference happens every year and serves as a sounding board for annual conference organizers. Joel coordinated #AIN17 SoCal and now serves on the conferences team to develop concrete, communicated, and transparent policies and procedures. Lisa was the Treasurer of AIN2016 Oxford and works with each year’s conference committee to ensure that our conferences remain of high standard and that there is consistency from year to year. Angelina is continuing to work on the conference handbook. Amy supports each year’s conference team with their administration and helps hand over the baton from one team to the next. Katherine helps with registration.
Email: ainconference@gmail.com

Diversity & Inclusion – Jeanne Lambin, Chris Esparza

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee are looking at how to make the organization more diverse and inclusive. They are working to develop values and practices that are integrated into the work of the organization, learn from our members and from other organizations, and share what knowledge and resources might be helpful to our community.

Humanitarian Project – Barbara Tint, Paul Z Jackson, Jeanne Lambin, Belina Raffy

Barbara has been coordinating theAIN/Red Cross Climate Centre collaboration and is a liaison between the two organizations. She is working to advance the use of Applied Improvisation in the wider Humanitarian Sector. Paul helps to design the Participate! project with Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. Jeanne coordinates the group Improv for Humanity. Belina works on many levels of this project.

Library & Archive – Susanne Pöchacker

Susanne is the coordinator of the AIN Zotero library. She is our librarian and hosts regular Skype Library meetings for new members.
Email: info@susannepoechacker.at

Local & Regional Groups – Ed Reggi

Sue is the global coordinator of the AIN Regional Shepherds who support the local group coordinators. AIN Regional Shepherds can put you in touch with local members of the community in their regions Lisa Yaeger is working with those who’ve been involved in local groups in the past to determine 2018 goals/objective and how best to achieve them. Hikaru Lou Hie and Kim Tan are regional Shepherds in Asia and Rita Fernandez-Palacios is the regional Shepherd of Latin America.

Membership – Erica Marx

The team is working to define objectives, strategy, and tactics around our membership structure and offerings.

Mentoring – Izzy Gesell

Izzy coordinates the new AIN mentoring scheme, pairing mentors with mentees.

Professionalization & Certified Practitioners – Paul Z Jackson, Kat Koppett

Sue and Mary Jane contribute to the professional development of the organization and its individual members. They recently developed the professional development process for members. Paul is working with the AIN Certified Practitioners to raise standards and increase value of becoming a Certified Practitioner. Current CP projects include Webinar and Podcast development (with Brent Darnell) and Credentialing (with Kat Koppett).

Research & Publication – Joel Veenstra, Christian Freisleben-Teutscher

Joel aims to help the communication and synergy of this working group. Christian is the King of Research – he has collected many articles and links on various categories of Applied Improvisation which you can find in the AIN Library. Lisa Safran is working with Barbara Tint, and members of our AIN community (Edmond Ramly and Christian) to produce case studies that show ROI. Barbara Tint coordinated the Delphi Study, a research study on the core concepts of Applied Improvisation. She conducts research and publishes on its methods.

Public Relations & Social Media – Gabe Mercado, Bryan Cooperrider

Bard develops our marketing style guide. He brings his multimedia, web and graphics skills to the AIN. The team runs the AIN social media. Find & follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Jon is producing flyers and leaflets to explain what the AIN does. He is also producing a downloadable audio file to do the same job.

Website – Gabe Mercado, Bård Brænde, Amy Conway

The team ensures that the website functions properly and remains useful to the membership and AIN. David is our website developer and Victor is our content editor. Amy ensures that the website content represents the AIN community and is the first point of contact for any member queries: appliedimprovnetwork@gmail.com

Our Volunteers

The AIN is a volunteer organization created by its members for its members. There are many people involved in our community. Here are some of our project coordinators:

If you would like to contribute, send us an email to get in touch!