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  • We help important ideas to become human, engaging, and deeply funny

     

     

  • Ways to learn how to be nice, smart and funny about stuff that matters

    Warning: Learning may include belly laughing and meeting delightful, like-minded people

    Sustainable Stand Up:

    In-Person & Online hybrid course in London

    Step-by-step and profound

     

    The intention of this course is to help people who do good in the world to learn to:

    • Be nice, generous, and confident when they are afraid
    • Articulate important, complex ideas in very human, engaging, and funny ways
    • Cultivate a nice form of humour as a healing force in their work and life

    This course culminates in a very supportive public comedy show, with each participant performing their own 5-minute set.

     

    Although most participants do not intend to continue performing, what is learned in class helps to transform future presentations, meetings, and daily experiences into ones with more humour, playfulness and engagement.

     

    When: In-person Sunday April 23, Sunday May 21. Online three 75-minute sessions, delivered live on Sunday evenings. Show, evening of Sunday May 21.

     

    Where: In-person classes, 5-minute walk from London Bridge Station, online via Zoom, and the show in London near Leicester Sq.

     

    How much: £325

     

    For whom: Change agents, sustainability & CSR professionals, humanitarian workers, and anyone else trying to make a positive difference in the world.

     

    Sustainable Stand Up:

    In-Person & Online hybrid course in Zurich

    Step-by-step and profound

     

    The intention of this course is to help people who do good in the world to learn to:

    • Be nice, generous, and confident when they are afraid
    • Articulate important, complex ideas in very human, engaging, and funny ways
    • Cultivate a nice form of humour as a healing force in their work and life

    This course culminates in a very supportive public comedy show, with each participant performing their own 5-minute set.

     

    Although most participants do not intend to continue performing, what is learned in class helps to transform future presentations, meetings, and daily experiences into ones with more humour, playfulness and engagement.

     

    When: In-person Saturday April 29 and May 27. Online three 75-minute sessions, delivered live on Saturday morning/Friday evenings. Show, evening of Sunday May 21.

     

    Where: In-person classes, 5-minute walk from Zurich Hauptbahnhof, online via Zoom, and the show in central Zurich.

     

    How much: 400 CHF

     

    For whom: Change agents, sustainability & CSR professionals, humanitarian workers, and anyone else trying to make a positive difference in the world.

    Sustainable Stand Up:

    NEXT Online Course to be announced shortly

     

    Step-by-step and swirled at work or home, possibly in your pyjamas

     

    NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

     

    Do you do good in the world and want to learn how to use humour to get your ideas across? Ideas that could make the world better?

     

    This six-class online workshop is for people who are interested in presenting more powerfully and humorously about stuff that matters.

     

    As part of this course, we prepare you to do the scariest thing on earth - perform live stand up - with a 5-minute set that we help you craft. A set that is authentic to you. You find a nice open mic night to perform at. No experience needed.

     

    Course includes: six 75-minute weekly courses, and two 15-minute sessions of personal coaching.

     

    Price £225

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  • We do in-person, online, and in-company courses Sustainable Stand Up courses

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    Sustainable Stand Up is a project by Maffick Ltd. 

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  • Four things

    Our project does 4 things...

     

    Courses

    We create inspiring courses where you discover a safe environment and new friends. Where you develop and hone stand up material, in a loving, clear way, on stuff that matters.

    Shows

    We showcase our course participants, as well as the best of today's and tomorrow's stand up comedy on sustainability issues.

    Connections

    We help stand up comics work with the best scientists, economists & sustainability experts.

    Conferences

    We offer our stand up comics to major sustainability events and conferences.

  • Success stories

    Our participants include improvisers, comedians, NASA climate scientists, medical researchers, architects, military servicemen and women, and people like you. Here's what some of them say:

    PETER, THE NASA CLIMATE SCIENTIST SAYS...

    "I need to reach people about the deadly serious impacts of climate change. But I don't want to drive them away with gloom and doom. Belina and my wonderfully supportive classmates helped me discover the hilarity in my work and connect with the audience about something that really matters, to me and the world."

    KRISTY, THE MILITARY SERVICEWOMAN SAYS

    "I absolutely loved the supportive atmosphere and the we're all in it together mentality that was built into our class... I was able to create a solid five minute set and muster the courage to get up on that stage alone. Thank you Belina for starting my stand up journey on a high note!"

    MATT, THE COMPUTER ENGINEER SAYS

    "... gave me the confidence to get up in front of people, the tools for success in stand up and to break into doing improv. Belina is just an amazing teacher..."

  • Our online course in

    Sustainable Stand Up

    Sometimes, we run online courses

     

    Come connect with funny, lovely people from around the world, get some personal coaching, and do something transformative. And all in the comfort of your own laptop...

     

    This online workshop happens once a week for six weeks.

     

    This six-class plus we support you doing a local open mic show. The course is for people who do good in the world and are interested in presenting more engagingly about stuff that matters. We practice a nice, smart, engaging form of stand up comedy, coming from the ‘I’m ok, you’re ok’ space. Learn this all in the comfort of where ever your computer is. You will also be invited to perform your set at a local ‘open mic’ event.

  • More details about the in-person six-week workshop in London and Berlin

    Book your place - this is going to be awesome

    Our course...

    Whether you plan a career on the stand up stage, want to speak more powerfully on issues that matter to you, or just want to build your confidence and presence, no experience of stand up or improvisation is necessary.  Register now below.

     

    The introductory course focus on writing and performing stand up comedy, while using the practice of improvisation to help cultivate:

      - playfulness and creativity in crafting your material 

      - confidence and ease on stage, and

      - generosity and connection with your audience.

     

    It emphasises creating content that tackles the big issues in a funny, smart and loving way.

     

    In the workshop sessions you will:

    - with our support, develop your own 5 minute set of stand up material 

      - practice connecting with the audience in delightful, powerful and generous ways

      - introduce good mic and presentation techniques

      - explore positive ways to deal with failure and the unexpected

      - at the end of the course, showcase your set live on stage in a  theatre
     

  • Why do we get out of bed in the morning?

    We help people who do good in the world to do that better.

     

    We help people to combine stand up comedy, playfulness, content about stuff that matters, and love.


    When combined, these are wildly powerful forces to get important information across.

     

    Join us and stand up for things that matter.

  • The SusStandUp Team

    Let's play!

    Belina
    Founder, Director

    Belina began her stand up and improv in 1996 through classes and performances in New York City, continuing her studies at the Loose Moose School of Improvisation. She performs in Baltimore, NY. London and - soon - Berlin.  She is a Director of the global Applied Improvisation Network and a consultant with an MBA. Belina spends most of her time teaching social entrepreneurs and business people improvisation skills to bring about a more delightful, sustainable form of business. 

    Steve

    Advisor/Connector, UK

    Steve is a geek comedian and founder of Science Showoff (http://www.scienceshowoff.org) and Bright Club (http://www.brightclub.org). He's trained hundreds of people to be funny about science and hosts gigs all over the UK where clever folk get to make funny for the first time.

     

    Photo credit: Ed Moore

    Adam
    Advisor, Germany
    Adam is a professional actor, improviser and stand-up for corporate audiences. He has been performing, teaching and directing since the mid 1990s, mostly in central Europe.
    With a background in psychology, he is also a presentation coach, consultant and adjunct professor who uses techniques stolen from theater to help companies and governments all over the world make their staff and customers smile. 

    Katie

    Performer/Advisor

     

    Katie Goodman is an award-winning musical comic, improviser, actress, author, creative coach, and social activist. She is the author ofImprovisation For The Spirit: Live a More Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools of Improv Comedy.” Her comedy music videos can be seen, having amassed over 1.5 million hits on Youtube. www.KatieGoodman.com

     

    Peter

    Advisor, Climate Scientist

    Peter is the founding director of NASA’s Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Office, supporting the North American Carbon Program (www.nacarbon.org); ABoVE, the Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment, a major field campaign (http://above.nasa.gov); and the Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Focus Area at NASA HQ (http://cce.nasa.gov).  He's also an improviser and was part of our first show in Baltimore of Sustainable Stand Up.

    Pablo

    Advisor, Climate Scientist

     

    Pablo is Associate director for research and innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. As a researcher and consultant on climate, disasters and development he has worked with over thirty organizations in more than 50 countries. His current work addresses the use of innovative tools for climate risk management – including applied improvisation for learning and managing complex dynamic systems. 

     

    Prescott

    Green building Expert/Improviser, Baltimore

    Prescott is a sustainability innovator by day, and talented improvisation performer and show director by night.  

     

  • The London Workshop is presented in cooperation with Sprout Ideas and The Nursery Theatre

    THE BERLIN WORKSHOP IS PRESENTED IN COOPERATION WITH T BERLIN

  • Contact us

    Got a question?  Contact us

     

    Sustainable Stand Up is a project by Maffick Ltd. 

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