Serious Comic Business

Serious Comic Business

Serious Comic Business   We came, we played, we shared work and built community. The Clowns Without Borders International General Assembly for 2016 has come to a close, but not before accomplishing some serious comic business. Clowns, board members, and leadership from across the planet joined for three days of meetings and workshops to take care of several important goals for the year. CWB-USA representatives Sarah Liane Foster and Molly Rose Levine attended the gathering held near Dublin, Ireland.   The General Assembly (GA) fills a room with comedians and artists who support a serious mission: Bring laughter where it’s needed most for healing and psychosocial relief. Discussions and debates, sometimes intense, all lead to critical operational decisions for the chapters that make up the federation of Clowns Without Borders International (CWBI).   The essential agreements are substantially enhanced by the value of working with multiple cultures, in one location, for one purpose. Sharing decisions with other cultures is the ultimate collaboration exercise. Each member needs to activate their cultural intelligence to build and sustain relationships, fostering trust that creates confidence in decision-making.     The collaborative essence championed at the GA extends during CWB projects. Artist volunteers embody it.   This year the GA approved the Emergency Response Protocol. Now, in an emerging disaster, CWBI has a method for how we can work together to react swiftly and efficiently. We will share logistical resources between all of the chapters. A working group is charged to oversee this protocol when the next disaster strikes. We have never tried to work this closely as an international federation, and it’s exciting...