2021: Creating a Lexicon of Future

Ruth Glendinning
1 min readAug 15, 2021

Y is for ‘Yes, and…’

2020 showed us that we’ve got to be nimble and practice a key tenet of improv: in the face of a changing world, get comfortable with the concept of ‘Yes, and…’

The “Yes” portion of the rule encourages the acceptance of the contributions added by others. Participants in an improvisation are encouraged to agree to proposition, fostering a sense of cooperation rather than shutting down the suggestion and effectively ending the line of communication.

In an organizational setting, saying “Yes” in theory encourages people to listen and be receptive to the ideas of others. Rather than immediately judging the idea, as judgment has its place later on in the development process, one should initially accept the idea, which enables the discussion to expand on the idea without limitations.[3] The next step in the process is to add new information into the narrative. The concept of “and” is to sway away from directly changing the suggested material, “and” rather building upon it. ~ Yes, and…

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Ruth Glendinning

Community Architect // Poet // Future Story Lab // Lexicon of Future // Anti-Fragile Playbook // Peace Economics // Originator of S.L.O.W. Tech // #womenswork