I was reminded of that term today. Greg Reiner from Tectonic was the man behind those words. (I know, it is not a new term for business – but for theatre… maybe?).
Then I read this NYtimes article on the life of undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas. Cory had shared it. Compelling. Tragic. Disheartening. Radical transparency.
Radical Transparency has nothing to do with reality television (or using realness for an end). It is more like free courses on Open Culture, or free teaching/learning through Khan Academy, or the sharing of ideas on TED talks, or the freeness of Charles Mee’s the (re)making project, or even the free music on RCRDLBL, or the group language learning of busuu. Well, sort of. That is freedom. That is giving a platform to share.
So then, radical transparency is… what? It moves beyond the platform. It is extremely active. It is participation. It is sharing. It is a platform. It is beyond sacred. Why? Because it is vulnerability. It is inviting input when you are not quite ready. It is not about control, because if you control it, then it is squashed. The more I think about it, it is theatre.
Okay, hear me out. What do we theatre peeps do? Playwrights share the depths of their imagination, actors share the depths of their souls, designers share the secret ways they see the world, and we put it on a stage for others to judge, enjoy, absorb, think-on, learn from, and more.
Is it far different to share more? Generosity. We have given our lives to this art, so why not open the doors to not just what we create but also how we do it and how our minds do it.
In the spirit of TCG: What if… we were not so precious with our ideas, our process, our creativity?