We live in an era of mounting chronic stress and isolation—and science tells us it is literally killing us. But science also shows that the solution may lie in something disarmingly simple: connection. Can strengthening our connections prevent disease and repair our divisions as a nation? How might we make emotional well-being a national priority at a time when millions are in pain?
In partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, IDEO and the Sundance Institute Theatre Program present Creative Tensions: Connection to explore the opposing forces that shape our emotional well-being and sense of community.
Featuring Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University, and Casper ter Kuile, Ministry Innovation Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.
Has America lost it’s voice? For better or worse, our policies, protests, and pop culture have traditionally had deep impact both abroad and at home. Do the voices we elevate today amount to a collective identity? Should they? Who lays claim to America’s voice and what happens to the voiceless?
In partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, IDEO and Sundance Institute Theatre Program present Creative Tensions: America's Voice to explore the opposing forces that shape what America says and who we stand for.
Featuring Dawn Laguens, Chief Experience Officer at Planned Parenthood, and Yosimar Reyes, poet, performance artist, and Arts Fellow at Define American.
Who am I responsible for? Looking out for one’s neighbor once formed the basis of our social contract. Today, as political and cultural identities harden, our responsibilities to one another and the world seem in question. What do we gain from a shared identity? What do we lose by becoming a tribe of tribes?
In partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival, IDEO and the Sundance Institute Theatre Program present Creative Tensions: The Responsibility of Identity to explore the opposing forces that shape our sense of duty to each other.
Featuring Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverity Law Center's Intelligence Project, Nate Bowling, high school educator and finalist for 2016 National Teacher of the Year, and award-winning playwright Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins (Octoroon, Appropriate).
Creative Tensions is not a panel; it's a conversation that moves. Reflecting on a tension between two poles, participants reveal where they stand on an issue by where they stand—and move—in the room. Exploring topics that lie at the heart of what it means to be human, Creative Tensions is a fresh approach to group dialogue that encourages openness and inspires empathy.
Creative Tensions: Empathy at 2017 Sundance Film Fesitval with Anand Giridharadas and Gael García Bernal, moderated by Philip Himberg
Creative Tensions: Action at CreativeMorningsNYC with Lisa Peterson and Purvi Shah, moderated by Fred Dust.
"What Would Happen If We All Hit Pause?"
Medium, February 14, 2017
"How to Make Presidential Debates Better Without Breaking Them"
Fast Company, September 26, 2016
"Creative Tensions: A new approaching for understanding"
Medium, December 4, 2015
When IDEO and the Sundance Institute Theatre Program sat down to collaborate, we immediately recognized a common desire to bring creativity to unexpected places. What unusual experience could we create together for our audiences? We decided to experiment by combining elements from each of our methods - empathy and observation from human centered design, movement and self-reflection from theater. The result is Creative Tensions, a unique live event series where participatory theater meets collective conversation.