Why the PILL Tagline “Dignity is our Destiny”?

I borrowed, (with permission), the tagline from Robert Fuller, former president of Oberlin College and author of Somebodies and Nobodies.  In this moving TED talk, he shares his plan about making dignity a movement.  A movement towards dignity and away from ‘rankism’ or any form of abuse.

Dignity is something we all deserve, right?  To be treated with respect.  Just because we are human beings.  People of all ages, genders, races, sexualities, professions, and so forth deserve to be treated with dignity.  And that, instead of bullying, racism, sexism, etc,  is what our capacity is or can be as human beings…IMHO.

But we know, it isn’t always the case.  Our world is a tumultuous place and abuses of power not uncommon.  Maybe, in some cases, not even on a conscious level!

What does dignity have to do with PILL?

One of the wonderful things about improv activities, when played in a safe environment like with PILL is that power is shared.  Sharing an idea and building on the idea of another is a magical way of promoting dignity.  And by the way, I believe that creating a safe environment for our classes is extremely important!

Sooooooooo PILL classes, besides being fun and full of nice people to meet, also help us evolve individually and collectively! Pretty awesome, yes?

How would you describe dignity?  Do you think we humans can get there?





PILL is in the News

A big shout out to Seacoast Reporter Paul Briand for his recent coverage of PILL via an interview with yours truly!  I’m in my early 60s and the path to PILL has a rather long story so kudos to Paul for his thoughtful and skilled weaving of the salient points!



Beth Boynton has made a career – and written a book – devoted to using the improv techniques to help medical professionals improve their communication skills.

Today, she wants to expand that offering to a more general audience in Portsmouth. To that end, Boynton has created PILL – Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab.

Experiential activities from the world of improv can be made to be safe, fun and transformative. When there is no pressure to perform, this process of divine play can also lead to new friendships and much joy,” said Boynton.  

Read full story here!