7 Principles of Culture

A little bit later than promised, here’s the ‘7 Principles of Culture’, as outlined by Simon Woods, co-founder and Artistic Director of Queensland-based Physical Theatre company Zen Zen Zo:

  1. If you don’t like your culture, then change it.
  2. Treat culture like a garden; enjoy a long-term process of cultivating it.
  3. Culture is a dynamic process, not a destination. It requires constant reassessment.
  4. Great culture exists beyond the individual, yet the individual flourishes within it.
  5. Leaders must always set the example, but culture must serve something beyond the leader.
  6. To build a culture, find a culture building machine (whatever this may be for your situation – activities, exercises etc.).
  7. Strong culture is about making/creating an environment in which something great can happen.

Simon Woods was a keynote speaker at the 2006 Drama Victoria Conference at the University of Melbourne.

A few other inspirational comments about theatre and performance-making from Simon included:

  • Find the extraordinary in everyone and everything.
  • Take risks, give yourself a challenge and make things hard.
  • Crash the plane by all means, but remember to salvage the black box!
  • Be disciplined, because in the theatre, the body must be disciplined.
  • Embrace failure and learn from your mistakes.
  • To be involved in the theatre, you need energy, so if you don’t have it, locate the source of your energy.

1 Response

  1. stephanie says:

    oh nice

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