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During Phase One, we first examined our project goals, the One-minute Play Festival model and Claudia Alick’s experience with short form performance including Neofuturism and slam poetry. We crafted the project with an colonialist lens and desire to capture the zeitgeist. We connected with theaters and playwrights around the country to craft a selection of one‐minute plays around that theme, or to send artists to St. Louis to develop the work on the ground with us. Phase One also included conversations with thought leaders in national theater collaboration, communications, law enforcement, social justice, and activism.
During Phase Two, with lead producer Jacqueline Thompson (Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing, University of Missouri-St. Louis), we traveled to St. Louis and engaged in a week of artistic exchange with guest and St. Louis‐ based artists. We attended a lecture in UMSL Touhill Theatre by Dr. Terry Jones on race relations and the history of St. Louis that led to the events in Ferguson starting with the Civil War; met with Duane Fosters’ students at Normandy High School (Michael Brown’s school); toured Ferguson with artist/activist Marty Casey; and facilitated a conversation with activists, artivists, and a police officer
After a week-long residency in St. Louis, Missouri, A.C.T. Stage Coach will host a reading of new plays developed during phase one of the Every 28 Hours project. This project was created through a partnership between Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the One-Minute Play Festival. Our FREE event is part of phase two of the project: a national call to action involving simultaneous performances at theater companies around the country. Join us for an evening of new work exploring this current moment for civil rights and racial justice in America. This event will include audience engagement activities before and after the
“Hey everyone! Just a reminder that Our Life: The Black Youth Stories Project is going up this weekend in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. If you’re in the area and want to see a show that talks about blackness in America based on actual nationwide accounts, get your tickets here. Use discount code JUSTICE4 to save. Remember too that there’s a talkback after each performance. Not required, but the conversation is important. Hope to see some of you there.” Ross Jackson Our Life: The Black Youth Stories is a production of narratives that focuses on the experience of black youths, past
Not one to shy away from the tough issues of the times, Trinity Repertory Company is staging a free festival of minute-long plays Monday night that deal with the rash of police shootings that have left young black men dead. Last week, writers and theater people from across the country gathered in St. Louis to pen dozens of mini-dramas inspired by the events last year in neighboring Ferguson, where violence erupted after the police shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen. The plays, which could number as many as 90, were to be performed over the weekend in
Hi I’m Dan Green, blogger, entrepreneur and negotiation coach.
I’ve helped executives negotiate deals worth up to 400 million USD.
I’m Dan Green, blogger/podcaster, entrepreneur, documentary film producer, facilitator and negotiation specialist. Aka- wearer of many proverbial hats, who doesn’t look good in actual hats. Seriously, my head is shaped like an egg, and eggs can’t wear hats. I write about negotiation and conflict management. But before you read on, I’ve got to warn you: I am not a naturally skilled negotiator. In fact, I think I was born the world’s WORST negotiator. I’m not being modest.
Put it this way, from the time I was 6 to 8 years old, I saved over a thousand dollars to buy a horse. Back in the 80’s that was a lot of odd (and often unpleasant) jobs, so it should tell you how badly I wanted that horse. When I had enough money saved and the negotiations around purchasing logistics began, my Mom asked me if I would settle for a dog. 3 days later as I was walking my new apricot coloured french poodle around the neighbourhood, I might have LOOKED like the coolest kid on the block, but I was sans one horse. Things didn’t seem to improve with age. When negotiating an offer for my dream summer job in University the hiring manager actually said to me “you seem like you really don’t want to work here”. Needless to say, I didn’t get a call back.
I could go on, but hopefully you get an idea of just how much natural negotiation ability I was born with. Fast forward to today: I fly around the world training and advising senior executives and governments how to negotiate and manage disputes. I’ve been able to help people all over the world on some of the most challenging and fascinating conflicts and negotiations there are. I’ve gone from working with guerrilla groups in Colombia, to negotiating death threats from the Russian mafia, to coaching C-level executives on deals worth as much as 400 million USD.
More importantly, I have used the same skills to build personal relationships with influential people in my own life, start and grow my own business and even convince the odd lady or two to go against better judgment and enter into a romantic relationship with me (admittedly, some were more odd than others). Full Disclosure though: I never did get that horse. The fact that I have become known as an “expert” in this field is proof that negotiation, and managing conflict are skills that ANYBODY can improve.
The question is not if but how you can become significantly better at these core business and life skills. Thenegotiationblog.com attempts to answer that. ConMan Talk (Conflict Management Talk) does much of the same thing in podcast form. I write and podcast to boil down everything I have learned through my work into simple, practical concepts. My hope is that the ideas you find here will help you reach the next level in your work and personal life. Make sure you get on the email list so that you don’t miss a thing.