HOW TO WRITE Awesome Canvas Anwer in 5 Easy Steps?

Policy: For homework, class discussion, and term projects, you can take what ever side of issue you choose. Your instructor will take counter stand, or not. You do not have to agree with instructor to get an A. You do have to engage in 'critical thinking.

PROCEDURE: Please bring print out of your CANVAS answer to class. Our procedure is to give you ONE WEEK and you bring answer to the next class, with YOUR NAME, YOUR PROJECT TEAM NAME, and CLASS

You do not need to load them to canvas. We only look at print outs because this way no homework is lost, scores are given out in class.

Attached below are questions for Ensemble Leadership for 388v



Please make your answer a combined total of 500 plus words. Please use references (to web sites of course, and please reference the book you picked out to specialize in). I look for references to such book in deciding on A or A +, or if it’s a short answer a page to page and a half (well crafted references in text), a B or B +. My goal is for everyone of you to earn and merit an A in our class. To accomplish this I need you to delve into stories of you becoming leader.

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Your Task: Finding Authentic-Self by citing one of these books in your Canvas homework answers, each and every week.

YOUR CONTACT WITH ME, to read one of these (or 2) and quote and cite them as reference in all you canvas assignments.

Besides Boal’s books on Forum theater, there are books by Saul Alinsky, the classic Steven Covey, my personal favorite Paulo Freire, Pete Hamill on embodied leadership, Michale Soupios and Maos Mourdoukoutas’ golden rules of wisdom leaders, Kemi Ogunyemi, responsible management of sustainability, Harrison Owen’s Spirit of Leadership and Peter Blocks stewardship



STEP ONE: Pick an E-Book and or online pdf (see textbook options) and be sure to give plenty of references (10 or more) in your paper. Develop your Leader SELF as Actor on the Societal Stage and you Authentic Self that is not acting for what everyone else wants. Each Canvas Question is an opportunity to Develop your Leader-Authentic-Self. There is an Authentic Self in you, that is becoming a Leader.  Here is an example of Getting to AUTHENTIC-SELF.

How To Skip the Small Talk and Connect With Anyone | Kalina Silverman

How To Be Yourself - Become Your Authentic Self Right Now

How To Be Yourself - Stop being a people-pleaser and start living your life true to who you are. The Ultimate Life Purpose Course ...


STEP TWO: Pick a project your team will work on from choosing one of 17 UN Sustainability goals

STEP 3: As your Team Project takes place (which is not till much later) Be sure to tell the LIVING STORY of you becoming a LEADER is THEATER that tears down wall between actors and spectators in a specific setting, in a place, in times, in material ways that are mattering in society.

STEP 4: Make 2 or 3 reference (quotes) citations from the E-book (or pdf) you select (step 1) to the Living Story you write (Step 3).

STEP 5: And end-of-term, at Final, Discuss the VALUE-ADDED nature of your project. Value-Added is defined as you making an actual intervention in a Situation of Society. WHAT WOULD BE VALUE-ADDED be? For example, a value-added intervention into economic, ecological, or equity changes. For example, actual meetings with legislators, actual implementation of way to reduce golf course water use by recycling greens' water (other courses do this in Las Cruces).



a. Keep copy of each Canvas answer and focus on on Augusto Boal & Sol Alinsky Out-of-the-Box Leadership is Theater for Social Change. But this is not the whole paper.


b. Write many 'Living Stories' about you developing your Leader-Self in the 'Real' World, out-of-the-box for social change."Step into your Leader Character". Tear down that wall between actors and spectators in the situation. Choose the leader story you want to live out in your life What is the Leader-Self inside of you that is coming forth, being revealed in the plot, the them, the dialog, etc. you find yourself in?


c. You are in many groups, job, and other Situations. PICK ONE SITUATION THAT IS A PROBLEM SPACE. Keep a journal of times you are willing to change, sustaining a character role, changing that character. Tell your Living Stories of you doing leaderly acts of actual theater for social change.


d. How? Boal (1979) says the purpose of Theater of the Oppressed (free on line in PDF), its main principle: "To change the people --- 'spectators,' passive being in the theatrical phenomenon into subjects, into actors, transformers of the dramatic action" (p. 122). This is what I mean by demolishing the wall between actors and spectators, so spectators actually intervene, take the stage, become SPECT-ACTORS.


e. After you pick your E-book from NMSU library, get with the library at Zuhl, to figure out what materials the library has to help you with this term paper assignment

Pick a 'Little Wow Moment' of 'cops in your head' in your life sapce, (recently) an obstace in HERE and NOW. Point of this, to stop being a managerialist. Remember: Leaders are not managers, are not bureaucrats, are not part of managerialist discipline and punishment for conformity of 'docile bodies.' Rather, leaders have a VIRTUE CHARACTER. Write a 'real life' story of you becoming the leader-virtue-character in your own day-by-day living story web of relationships with others and with the world of nature.

CANVAS Required Activities: Each week answer two questions in 72 hours; the Skit teams are responsible for making the question that week and scoring them with the Instructor (instructor already has their question on schedule; team comes up with 2nd one; Each Skit team is answerable for providing Lesson Plan to instructor, 3 days before class event; please include proposed canvas questions in your team: see YouTube SKIT example. Skit presenting teams do not do homework, the week they present (submit their evaluation scores on skit, in lieu of that Canvas writing, in the final report).

Reflect on your own SOW and REAP

Sow a thought, reap an action

Sow an action, reap a habit

Sow a habit, reap a character

Sow a character, reap a destiny

Sow a destiny, reap leadership in your living story life



Corporations In Our Head IMAGE THEATER (see video start it at 24 minutes or so). It comes out of Boal's 'Cops in the Head.' We are bombarded by thousands of corporate messages a day, and affect who we want to be, what beauty, love, health, safety, democracy, good citizen --- means. THEATER of LEADERSHIP is a way to change our relation to Corporate-messaging (David Diamond's Theater for Living book). Many corporations are good, others not so much. Not here to do psychoanalysis of your living story, rather, put the image on the stage, to see the corporate messages (in your head) you attach relationships with, and turn the messaging into a Image Theater, until director says 'Stop' or "Freeze'. Point is to change our relationship to the corporate (or any organization) messaging.

Corporations In Our Head Warm Up (2 minutes, put tape at 25 minute mark). Choose any partner (you don't know). Put hands on each others shoulders and push, to find balance of strength with each other (weak person, pus harder; strong person tone it down). Change body parts (e.g. back to back, shoulder to shoulder, etc.). Debrief: wrtie any connection that the pushing bodies exercise with your self. e.g. Corporation tells me what I need to be happer. Or, I can choose how to relate to corporation. Or, with each corporate messaging, need to rethink how I react. Or, is it OK to resist corporations. The exercise shows what is drama, 2 people pushing their power, and if one does not push back, our work has no ground.

Is Authentic Emotion Legal in Public? In Theater of Leadership, give yourslef permission to engage. Looking for 3 stories from your own lives, whan you ahve to make a deision, in the moment (from recent past, not distant past), (best stories are one's you have not resolves). WHO HAS A STORY TO OFFER?

LESSON PLAN: Each Lesson Plan is sent to your instructor by email.

The purpose of each Canvas Answer, is for you to reflect upon your own living story life. With each story answer build a part of your Final Term Report. As you practice Sow & Reap, each week, a 'New Story' coming into Being, a 'New Leaderly Character" is becoming you. In your answer, connect quotes from three books: Boje's SEPTET, Covey's & Habits, and One of the E-Books on leadership.

CANVAS answer must start with YOU, and use Augusto Boal 'Rainbow of Desire' approach called 'Cop in the Head.' You have 'cops in the head' but their headquarters is located, Being-in-the-world of existential reality. To Become 'Real' Leader, your Self must locates both the 'Cops in the Head' and the 'Headquarters' in the existential world. Boal " searched for ways to use the Forum’s system of images and interactive scenes to lend form to these hidden oppressions and activate spect-actor energy to propose solutions" (source). As Boal puts it, "“I started from the following hypothesis: the cops are in our heads, but their headquarters and barracks must be on the outside. The task was to discover how these cops got into our heads, and to invent ways of dislodging them" (IBID.).

There are three tools to use in CANVAS ANSWERS: Prospective, Introspective and Extraverted. 

  • PROSPECTIVE (can also be used by SKIT TEAMS to find its SKIT scenes & themes): " Prospective techniques lay the groundwork, mining the surfaces of issues and situations from various points of view offered by workshop participants. This preliminary work and the act and issue hungers it generates steers the workshop toward a consensus on whose story will serve as an emblem for the group’s collective experience. Images created through Prospective techniques often serve as cores of improvisations for the deeper work." (source)


INTROSPECTIVE: "Introspective techniques to penetrate the surface and illuminate the subtext of actions and relationships portrayed in a series of improvisations. Techniques such as Cops in the Head, the Rainbow of Desire and Screen Image may be used to shed light on the full range of complexity inside the dynamic between protagonist and antagonist. These techniques mix image tableaus, vocalizations and movement; many of the outcomes resemble the fluid sculptures produced by the players in Playback Theater. While the initial improvisations are designed by a single protagonist, the Introspective analytic process involves a inclusive collaboration that opens relationships shown in the scene to a wide spectrum of interpretation – which the protagonist may incorporate or reject.  This deconstructive process gives the protagonist a range of alternative responses and actions they may use to modify the outcome of the original scene" (source)

EXTRAVERTED: "... Protagonist incorporates multiple insights and perspectives gleaned from the Introspective work into the Extraversion process that brings the original embryonic scenes back into action. During this phase of the Rainbow, the protagonist will run the original scene as the facilitator recommends various rehearsal variations and dynamic performance formats that offer new pathways through the tangle of oppressions at the core of the scene. As before, this section of the Rainbow is interactive, but the session should conclude with a performance by the original protagonist that incorporates any combination of effective strategies proposed through spect-actor interventions" ... "First the scene is improvised; then the protagonist creates a relational image of each character based on the power dynamic.  The scene is then re-improvised through the physical mask of the image created by the protagonist. *(These physical masks are extremely important. Characters are to remain “in the mask” while they improvise each successive “round” [Boje will demonstrate this during Image Theater segment of the course. E.G. "Each character in the scene then repeats this process from their own unique point of view. Finally, the group collaborates of an Image of the Images that incorporates elements of each point of view. The scene may be re-improvised and the outcome used to create a collaborative Image of Transition to illustrate the process of moving between Real and Ideal images of an actual situation" (Sullivan, source).


Some Theatre of Leadership, works with Others, with your as LEADER-DIRECTOR. Example of Legislative Theatre. "Boal is using Forum as a tool for communities to suggest laws they would like to see enacted, which his [Legislative] theatre groups then take back to a lawyer to be drafted into formal laws; Boal then puts these laws forward in the Chamber to be voted on.

Where to Begin? Here is a good exerciase to get you started. Begin with Sow a thought, reap an action. Keep a journal of what you thought (in side your head) on the left column and what is your action (out loud) on the right column. I will fill in the first two, you fill in the reast.

What THOUGHT I say to Self? What ACTION I do or say to Others?

TINA: There is No Alternative!

I say outloud: There is an Alternative
That's just the way it is I can bring a different way into Being


Here is an example of a Husband and Wife talking, but on left is what is SAID OUTLOUD, on right is what is said to self (Source: Garfinkel, 1967: 93-94)

The point of this exercise, is to make you aware of THOUGHTS that Become Action.

There is a difference (Argyris & Schon) between Espoused Theory (what you say is going on) and Theor- in-Use (how you actually behave in practice) and Theory of Action (incongruence of Espoused and in-use).