Yes And...Laughter Lab
CMSI has teamed with Moore + Associates and Comedy Central to create the first ever Yes And... Laughter Lab (YALL). We believe that cultural and narrative change facilitates political change and that civil society and social justice organizations need to embrace the role of creativity and culture to foster public engagement in challenging social issues. Based on research and creative work in the arena of comedy and social justice, we know that social justice organizations may be hesitant about leveraging comedy for social change -- or working collaboratively between these sectors -- because they have a hard time envisioning how this comes together, how comedy can be an effective cultural tool for enlightenment and engagement around urgent social challenges, and how collaboration might happen. Through the Yes And... Laughter Lab (YALL), we seek to start cross-sector collaborative relationships between the comedy and social justice sectors, on the way to supporting the production and distribution of new comedy work that can reframe the conversations about, and encourage public engagement with, the most pressing issues of today.
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