Center for Creative Practice

Center for Creative Practice

As a response at this time to this period of unprecedented change, David is establishing The Centre for Creative Practice (CCP) that partners with development and learning centres around the world. It is based on the idea that creativity and creative approaches are essential to human development, learning, growth and in fact our survival. CCP recognises that creativity can enhance the impact of social, developmental, arts and educational communities worldwide through learning, training and practice. Creativity is viewed as sitting at the heart of how organisations work, how communities achieve wellbeing and how people and communities reach their full potential.
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Creative Practice
Developed from over thirty years of teaching and training in over seventy countries, David Glass’ ‘Creative Practice’ is used in universities, development organisations (United Nations, Save the Children) and arts organisations. Breaking creativity down into four fundamental modes- origination, organisation, manifestation and reflection- this workshop will take the participant through these stages using exercises, games and integrative forum work. The workshops disclose the theory and practice of creativity and help each participant go deeper and wider into their personal creative journeys using the ‘practice’ as a powerful tool for developing projects.
Whether a storyteller, painter, actor, educator or social development worker, David’s belief is that we are creative because of our need for relationships; relationships with each other, the world around us and ourselves. The process explored will give the participants practical skills and tools to fully realise their creative potential.
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The Lost Child Practice
From 1997 to 2004 David Glass ran an international project working with street children and marginalized young people in 22 countries under the umbrella title of the Lost Child Project. The process he developed has become a template for integrative creative practice in countries as diverse as Vietnam and Colombia. Partnering with Save The Children, UNICEF and The British Council, this pioneering work has been at the heart of many local creative NGO’s since. The Lost Child Project has been integrated into the work of companies such as Gecko Theatre UK, Epic Arts Cambodia, Paul Zetter’s Ensemble films in Vietnam, Jane Arnfield’s work in Newcastle University and Opera Circus in Bosnia and Bridport.

In this workshop David will take the participants through the process giving them the tools and theories that are at the heart of the Lost Child Project. Participants will leave with practical methods for engaging and developing short-term projects that have powerful transformative social value.
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Forum Theatre
David studied with Augusto Boal when he was in exile in Paris. The version David and the Ensemble teaches is a highly physical and practical approach and has been successfully taught in countries as diverse as Vietnam, Cambodia and university drama courses around the world. The Ensemble is at present developing an International Forum Theatre company with the United Nations Internatinoal Labour Oorganistion/Better Work to help factory workers develop greater voice, empowerment and collaborate with factory managers to improve working conditions.
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Facilitating
The key to almost all creative leadership is the skill of facilitating. All too often this is simply seen a superficial tool for managing a process. David’s approach teaches the four fundamental engagement modes of directive, coached, facilitated and delegated behaviour. Soft, firm and strong engagement are developed with direct, indirect and ‘from behind’ approaches. In this training the participant will learn the power of open, closed and half open questioning along with the powerful relationship between proposal and provocation. The Ensemble have successfully trained facilitators in 40 countries across arts, social development and educational organisations.
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Themed Workshops of Personal and Group Creativity
Themed workshops are creative journeys into ourselves and our lives. Seeing that life is at it’s heart creative and the narratives and emotions that surround us are the stuff that makes our lives meaningful. Here, the workshop is an end in itself. Learning, exploring and celebrating sit at the heart of each of these workshops. Laughter, tears, love and anger are the beautiful flowers of these workshops.
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The Journey of the Hero
Based in the archetypal work of CG Jung and Joseph Campbell, the Journey of the Hero is an exploration of an individual’s life and living context, seen from a story point of view. The basic archetypes are explored as roles of mentors, in seeing through changes and transformations in individual lives.
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The Stages of Life
The four stages of life (The Child, The Adolescent and The Elder) are explored creatively, giving participants a sense of their purpose and how they engage in this purpose with the world. Each stage is framed by a specific question.
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The Child
At the centre of the exploration is the question; ‘What is this?’. Work with the sensory body, space, emotion and play are central in this workshop.
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The Adolescent
At the centre of this workshop is the exploration of the passionate and desperate world of the adolescent. Powerful hormonal changes along with brain changes create states of ecstasy and despair. The question at the heart of this phase of life is; ‘Do I fit in or not?’.
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The Elder
The last phase of life is looking backwards and dealing with pain and loss. It is also a time of re-birth and re-thinking. A time to re-do life with grand children and a confrontation with the potential loss of the only thing we have – our lives. The questions at the heart of this phase are;’What is that?’ and ‘How do I leave?’.
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For Singapore and Malasian based learning please contact Elisabeth Gunawan at davidglassensemble.betty@gmail.com