For many, teaching is unfortunately seen as necessary supplement to aid a different careerpath. It is more driven by making ends meet financially than by true passion for the honourable opportunity to make people learn. That is why it is so refreshing to meet a real master in this craft. Ian Prinsloo is a person who has dedicated himself to making people grow, and through the tireless improvement of his own skills, shows that he really have “the courage to teach”, as one of his many influences author Parker J. Palmer poetically puts it.

 

IanPrinsloo

 

Who are you, where are you from, and what do you do in your professional life?

 

My name is Ian Prinsloo and I am a Canadian recently moved to London, UK.

 

Through my consulting practice – The Rehearsal Process – I work with organizations building the structures which produce creativity and innovation in groups.  Once embedded, these ways of acting become the platform upon which organizations co-create solutions to emergent challenges on an ongoing basis.

 

The consulting practice is based on 20 years of experience as a professional theatre director leading groups of actors through creation processes to meet the challenge of performance.

 

 

How have you collaborated with Kaospilot?

 

I have the great joy of working with Kaospilot teams at different points of their journey through the school.  I work with the 1st year students on the actions of the ensemble (the structure that develops creative collaborations in groups) and the emergent process of creation that ensemble enables.  With the 2nd year students I have worked with them in preparation for Outpost articulating practices that will embody the values of Outpost.  And with the 3rd year students have been facilitating (with Pete Sims) an inquiry into the craft of being a Kaospilot.

 

 

How have you experienced your time at Kaospilot?

 

The time spent at Kaospilot is always filled with exploration and striving.  It is a place where I can bring new ideas and invite the students into a deep exploration of the possibilities.  The people here are courageous – both students and staff – and it is a place that invites risk.

 

 

What questions would you ask, as the most important for your self and your work?

 

What assumption do I have about the present situation?
What matters to this person / people?
What is the challenge they face?
Who should our work serve?

 

 

What inspires you in your work?

 

The people I work with inspire me.  As a director, watching the way actors would boldly explore characters, take risks and reveal their deep insights was always humbling and inspiring.  I find the same thing present in the people I work with now. It is their active commitment to inquire, create and then share boldly that makes the work exciting.

 

What inspiration would you offer to young, aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs that want to make a positive change in the world?

 

I think it is important to find your community.  The group of people who share your ideas, dreams and want to work as hard as you do.  The work of making a difference in the world is difficult and often elusive.  Having people near you who are pulling in the same direction helps during the moments you are tired.  I also think it is good to have an activity you love that is not connected to your work.  You can think of this as a hobby but more important it is about having a place away.  It lets you meet different people and be off for a while.  Much of the work of being an enterprising leader will consume your every waking moment – it is good to keep a few of those moments private.