About Bill Carr - Multi-media artist, Humorist, Author, and Speaker:
Bill Carr is known as a multi-media artist, an actor, humorist, writer, speaker and social activist. For over twenty-five years, Bill has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. Bill helps people see their world in new and exciting ways. His unique blend of humor and insight inspires laughter and consideration, offering his audience a fresh perspective on what they face everyday. At the root of all of Bill’s work is the use of humor to help people reflect on their own innate human nature and understand who they are in a greater social context.
Bill’s career has seen him perform on stages across the country most notably in Nova Scotia at Neptune Theater, Mermaid Theater and the Atlantic Theater Festival. He has written and performed in numerous radio dramas and news programs for CBC and has appeared on countless television programs, several movies and more advertisements than he would care to think about. Bill studied Philosophy, English and Theater at Acadia University, and Theology at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax.
Bill is a dedicated volunteer and serves in various capacities for a number of good causes such as the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, Community Justice Society, ACTRA, Unicef, Canadian Breast Cancer Society, CNIB, YMCA, and the Abilities Foundation. He is an honorary Trustee of the IWK Hospital for Children and helps to host the IWK Telethon each year. He is a founding partner of the Atlantic Restorative Company, a social entrepreneurship focused on creating space for authentic human exchange and the use of restorative practices in all aspects of social life.
Bill’s has recently published his first book Acting Up with Pottersfield Press. He is also collaborating with Mermaid Theater and Mulgrave Road Theater to create the off-beat comedy Adam Mudd.
What Bill Carr Talks About:
Acting Up: Taking Your Performance to the Next Level
Acting Up is about transformation. It is about using very human skills found in the theater and applying them to the living of your life. Acting Up explores the importance of getting and keeping a clear perspective on who we are, what we do, and why. It also examines what affects our perspective and how we can better live the lives we want, rather than the ones that seem thrust upon us.
Shakespeare said, All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” It is thisaspect of playing that Bill expands upon and shows to be a fun and wonderful opportunity to take charge of your life. How do we Act Up? How do we act the way we want to be seen and understood? How do we best communicate with others who share the stage with us? To answer these questions, Bill calls upon the rich teachings of theatre, spiritual and philosophical traditions as well as important discoveries in neurological research which show us scientifically that these ancient truths are part of our very nature. Using such ideas as “The Watcher”, “Epoche’”, “Bubbles”, “The Five Steps of Creative Living” and the “Play Journal”, Bill helps you discover and explore your authentic self.
Acting Up plays with the questions:
These ideas apply to individuals but also to groups, organizations and companies. How we are perceived as professionals and how our particular group can best communicate its “best self” need to be carefully deconstructed and reconstructed in order to serve the greater good. Acting Up is a personal and collective endeavor that can lead to a richer personal experience and a richer more integrated and healthy community.
In this new, challenging economic and social reality – which faces us all, Bill explores some simple, yet profound ways, we can all learn to “Work Inspired“. Key questions are explored such as:
Developing and maintaining humor and creativity in the face of change have been Bill’s specialty for over twenty-five years. In Work Inspired, Bill explores research into how the brain works and how to create the environment to allow the brain to develop a creative response to change and keep a healthy perspective in unhealthy times. Using humor and insight, he celebrates healthy ways of seeing our ever-changing reality in order to bring inspiration and passion back into the work you do.
Bill focuses on empathy and what he calls “contagious inspiration.” Nurturing our relationship with ourselves and others can re-wire our neuro-pathways and change surviving into thriving. An inspired perspective can turn tragedy into strategy and improve teamwork to create a renewed vital and “inspired” work life.
How we see the world determines how we feel and think. This determines how we act and how we act then determines our destiny. Life teaches us something new every day – it’s up to us to learn from it. Bill takes these simple ideas and shows how to apply them to our new ever evolving reality. He approaches these topics with both humor and sensitivity as he explores with his audience exactly how to Work Inspired.
Talking in Circles
“Talking in Circles” is about communication at a deeper level than many of us are used to. It is about talking, listening, creating and working with a group of distinct individuals. It is about how to team talk, team think and team create by enhancing the ability of each member of that team to connect with one another. It is about creating space for authentic human exchange.
Talking in Circles will be helpful for organizations who are feeling challenged by issues like: inter-generational difficulties, creative visioning for the future, team building, silos that inhibit corporate growth and effectiveness, or poor internal communication. Talking in Circles incorporates years of work in communications with numerous organizations with a new understanding derived from recent advances in neuroscience and communication theory. How effectively we communicate is more complex than just being articulate. It involves a number of very human mechanisms, which use different aspects of our brain, our social reality and our individual experiences.
Talking in Circles is more than just “talking” it is about how to set up conditions for real in depth discussions that strengthen relationships and build trust. This can lead to breakthrough ideas, deeper relationships and a safer, healthier work environment.
Talking the talk comes before walking the walk.
Talking in Circles explores such questions as:
These questions and more are explored in a safe, fun environment and strategies will be shared that can make communication clearer, safer and more productive.
Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses
Why are there so many accidents in places where the warnings are clear and the dangers self-evident? Safety is a mindset. Much more than just rules and protocols, it is a way of seeing and then acting on what we see. It is about anticipation and the individual and collective responsibility for changing our workplace. It is a matter of life and death – yours and those with whom you work. Safety is something that you do for yourself but also for others. It is necessary in every working moment. It is a mindset that matters critically. “Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses“ explores how this mindset works in the individual and in a team setting.
The specifics of the safe handling of machinery or the development of safe practices is an important aspect of creating a safe workplace. Through his work with a number of diverse organizations, Bill has learned that the essential ingredient in creating a culture of safety is the development of a safety mindset. This mindset affects how we perceive our workplace and how we understand our responsibility to ourselves and our co-workers.
The truth about what are called “near misses” – those events that are almost accidents but by some luck of the moment didn’t result in a mishap- must be understood differently. Near misses are in fact an accident that will happen. When we fail to report a near miss, we are participating in an accident that will happen. The statistics around unreported “near misses” indicate that many workers don’t have a safety mindset that understands the need for all of us to act with responsible concern for each other.
“Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses” explores the ideas of complacency and how the brain operates when it comes to developing safe or dangerous habits which affects the safety of our workplace and our perception of it. Team members are introduced to a helpful mindset and learn how this is key to a safe and productive workplace for themselves and others. By creating space for authentic human exchange, this workshop allows the sharing of important perspectives on safety issues and specifics in the workplace.
Thank you very much for being a part of our annual advisor and assistant appreciation dinner. To put it simply, you were entertaining, motivating, and last but not least, inspiring. We look forward to working with you again in the future.
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