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7 rules for improvising at work | Natalie Nixon | TEDxPhiladelphia

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Published on Aug 6, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In an improv jazz combo, each player performs at the top of their game, building a flow of music out of potential chaos -- by listening hard to one another and embracing mistakes. Natalie Nixon lays out the 7 rules of such “chaordic” systems, flirting between order and chaos, and shows how you can borrow from great players to boost your own creative flow.

Natalie Nixon is a hybrid thinker, synthesizing creative and analytical thought processes from design and business to arrive at innovative opportunities. As Director of the Strategic Design MBA program and Associate Professor in Fashion Merchandising & Management at Philadelphia University, she works to connect the dots between theory and practice.




Both a researcher and a practitioner of design thinking, she is a bridge builder to the creative side of strategy. Before she became an educator, she worked in the fashion industry as an entrepreneurial hat designer as well as in apparel sourcing for The Limited Brands in Sri Lanka and Portugal. Natalie’s research helps brands utilize style as a competitive advantage to build brand distinction.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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