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

     

     

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

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

     

    In a rare move, we are planning on doing two courses in North America. If you are tempted to join us, let us know now!

    Kansas City, USA

    Image credit: https://blog.ericbowersphoto.com/2017/05/downtown-kansas-city-skyline-with-union-station/

     

    Let's make important sustainability ideas funny, powerful, and compassionate - especially now. This is a rare course in North America. Grab it while you can!

     

    Our tentative dates for this course are as follows:

    Class 1-4, live and online

    9am or noon your time (tbc) on Monday Oct 28, Friday Nov 1, Monday Nov 4, Friday Nov 8

     

    Online coaching

    During the week of Nov 11, we schedule 30 minutes of individual online coaching per person

     

    Class 5-6, live and in-person in Kansas City

    Thurs Nov 21 and Fri Nov 22, evening

     

    Show in Kansas City

    Sat Nov 23

     

    Reflection session, in-person in Kansas City

    Reflection class Sunday Nov 24 all together, noon

     

    If you are interested in booking on to this course, please give us your details here.

     

     

    Montreal, Canada

    Let's make important sustainability ideas funny

    Let's make important sustainability ideas funny, powerful, and compassionate - especially now. This is a rare course in North America. Grab it while you can!

     

    The course will start with 4 live, online classes in October/November, then have live, online individual coaching sessions in November, and then two in-person classes in Montreal, a dedicated show, and an in-person reflection session all during the week of Dec 2.
     
    We are still working out the details and will update these asap.
     
    If you are interested in this course, please give us your details here.

    London, England

    Aug/Sept 2019

    When

     

     

    Live, online classes 

    Class 1 - 4: Thursdays Aug 15, 22, 29 Sept 5

    All at 630pm-745/8pm UK time

     

    In-person classes

    Class 5: September 11, 630-830pm

    Class 6: September 16, 630-830pm

     

    Show 

    18 September, you need to be there for 615pm, for a 7-8pm show.

     

    Reflection class

    19 September 630-715pm.

     

    Where

    Online via Zoom.

    In-person class venue is tbc.

    Our show is traditionally at the Star of Kings pub near Kings Cross station.

     

    How much

    The London price is usually £325, but we reduced it

    to £275 as we are posting this last minute.

     

    I want in and/or I have a question

    If you are interested, please put your details here so we can contact you about the course.

     

    Canberra, Australia

    IN PROGRESS

    Let's make important sustainability ideas funny, powerful, and compassionate - especially now.

    When

    July 22 - August 29, 2019

     

    Live, online classes

    Class 1 - 4:

    Mondays July 22, 29 Aug 5, 12 (7pm-815/830pm Canberra time)

     

    In-person classes

    Class 5 & 6:

    Monday, August 19, 7pm- 930pm

    Saturday, August 24, 1030am-1230pm

     

    Online coaching

    Course includes 15 minutes of individual, online coaching about your set which will happen Aug 13-16.

     

    Show

    Sunday, August 25 at Smiths Alternative. Show starts at 7pm. We get there earlier.

     

    Reflection class (Online)

    Thursday, August 29 online from 7pm-8pm Canberra time.

     

    Where

    Online classes via Zoom.

    In-person class venue to be announced shortly.

    Show venue to be announced shortly.

     

    How much

    The early bird rate (ends Friday June 7) is $440 AUD. The regular rate is $490. The alumni rate (maximum of 2 alumni can join) is 50% the current rate.

     

    To book

    If you are interested, please use the PayPal 'buy now' button below. If you have any questions, contact us here.

     

    Berlin, Germany

    Let's make important ideas funny

     

    Interested in our next Berlin course?

    Kindly give us your details here and we will be in touch about this course.

     

    Ljubljana

    Let's make important ideas funny

     

    Interested in our next Ljubljana course?

    Kindly give us your details here and we will be in touch about this course.

     

    Brussels

    Let's make important ideas funny

     

    Interested in our next Brussels course?

    Kindly give us your details here and we will be in touch about this course.

     

    São Paulo, Brazil

    Let's make important sustainability ideas funny, powerful, and compassionate - especially now.

    To register your interest

    Please email our local partner Markus 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 if you are under halfway through the course, or if you are beyond that, we invite you to re-take the course again.

     

    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 final 2 classes are mandatory as is the show.

     

    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.

  • 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.) . Prefer to wire us the funds instead? Email us here.

    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.

  • Conferences. Got a big cool or boring sustainability-themed conference?

    Let us bring relevant material, laughter, and lightness to your event

    I do keynotes

    Getting people to think differently in an enjoyable way

    Humour is so important to our psychological well being, especially when we face difficult and often overwhelming concepts. Sometimes what we need is for someone to speak the truth about how hard the human side to all this is, while being wildly funny.

     

    I do highly engaging conference keynotes.

    Email me.

    And so do some of our awesome alumni

    Subject matter experts from around the world

    We can put together a few wonderful, and very funny subject matter experts for your conference.

     

    Tempted?

    Email me.

  • Let's keep in touch. Connect with us here...

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    Reminder: Sustainable Stand Up is a project of Maffick.com.

  • We do public and in-company courses Sustainable Stand Up courses

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  • Contact us

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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 connect alumni scientists, sustainability experts, science communicators and others from around the world with each other.

    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..."

  • 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, a focus on positivity and inclusion, 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.