We do in-organisation workshops and public workshops exploring ways to learn how to be engaging, smart and funny about stuff that matters.
Here are some public courses we have coming up.
For in-organisation courses or public courses in your city,
contact us (Maffick.com is where this project comes from).
Warning: Learning may include belly laughing, transformative insights, and meeting delightful, like-minded people.
ONLINE Earth (Europe & Africa evening, US west coast morning time)
Let's find a way to talk about important ideas with humour and compassion
3 Oct - 7 Nov, 2022
CLASSES (Six live, 90-minute, fun and inspiring online classes via Zoom. (This ain't your normal Zoom call.))
Class 1 Monday 3 October
Class 2 Thursday 6 October
Class 3 Monday 10 October
Class 4 Thursday 13 October
Coaching & set refinement week 17-21 October
Class 5 Monday 24 October
Class 6 Tuesday 1 Nov
Show Thursday 3 November
Class 7 Monday 7 Nov
Class times: 1930-2100 CET (730pm -900pm Europe)
1330-1500 ET (130pm-3pm East Coast USA)
for other time zone calculations, we recommend using this.
COACHING (Individual, online coaching (30 minutes per person)) 17-21 October. We'll find a time that works for us.
THE SHOW (Our live, online public comedy show (we only invite lovely people to be part of our audience))
We meet 40 mins before the show start time.
Date: Thursday, 3 Nov.
Time: We arrive at 1850 CET/1250 ET
Show starts promptly at 1930 CET/1330 ET
Regular individual rate £320
Corporate rate £540
IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION
Course limited to 8 participants.
To pay for and reserve your place, click here.
Please read the course terms and conditions.
To get on the waiting list for the next course, email us.
Paying for your place on our course
Read the above Terms and Conditions. Then click 'Buy now' to book your place. (What happens when you book? You will receive a nice confirmation email from us, with more details about the course, within 12 hours. Usually a lot faster.).
Please note that the maximum number of classes you can miss are two, IF you keep up with the homework. Beyond that, we will suggest that you defer to a future course.
If for some reason PayPal isn't working for you, or if you prefer to wire us the funds instead, or if you prefer to pay in two monthly instalments, please email us here.
High level course terms and conditions
For the public courses:
If you cancel up to one week before the course starts, you’ll get a total refund. If you cancel after that or during the course, we refund you up to 50% of your fee, proportional to the amount of the course taken before the cancellation. If you are under halfway through the course, or if you are beyond that, we invite you to re-take the course again at the special alumni rate.
For both public and in-organisation courses:
How many classes of a course can you miss? Ideally none. We understand that sometimes things come up that make missing a class unavoidable. If you are going to miss a class, tell your facilitator. You are able to miss up to 2 of the first 4 classes in a course, as long as you keep up with the homework and you work with the facilitator to keep on track. The rest of the classes, and the show, are mandatory.
Sometimes, and very rarely, there is a mismatch between what we are trying to nurture in the course, and a participant involved. If this is the case, it is our call to invite a person to leave and revert to the refund policies above/below.
For in-organisation courses:
If individual participants from an in-organisation course cancel up to two weeks before the course starts, there is no penalty. If a participant cancels after that, they must refund the organisation personally for their course fee.
Topic: Humour in the communication of complex & difficult topics of climate and humanitarian issues
Belina Raffy of Maffick/Sustainable Stand Up, Pablo Suarez of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Anna Ramskogler-Witt of Aktion Gegen den Hunger and the Berlin Human Rights Film Festival
In this Human Rights Film Festival Berlin podcast, we explore how humour can help us to communicate complex, difficult issues like climate change and humanitarian work.
Smile! It's Climate Change
In this podcast with Life-Sized City presenter Mikael Colville-Andersen, Mikael and Belina discuss how to make climate communication and climate action better through compassionate comedy and improvisation.
Let's keep in touch. Connect with us here...
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Reminder: Sustainable Stand Up is a project of Maffick.com.
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..."
The SusStandUp Team
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 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 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 Goodman is an award-winning musical comic, improviser, actress, author, creative coach, and social activist. She is the author of “Improvisation 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
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.
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.
Green building Expert/Improviser, Baltimore
Prescott is a sustainability innovator by day, and talented improvisation performer and show director by night.