How can the practice of improvisation become the lens through which we view the world? The Applied Improvisation Mindset takes readers deep into the maturing field of Applied Improvisation (AI), with stories of 18 practitioners from five countries who embrace an improvisation mindset to create a more collaborative, equitable, sustainable, and joyous world. Myriad organizations have discovered how the mindset and skills applied by great improvisers onstage can reveal emergent, generative ways of interacting with others offstage. With case studies on developing presentation skills, reducing anxiety in teens, or preparing climate risk managers across the globe for the challenges ahead, this second volume serves as a valuable resource for both experienced and new AI facilitators. It is a primer for higher education and K-12 faculty combatting traditional teaching limitations and a practical "how to" for theatre practitioners, artists, educators, or anyone seeking to transform their organizations and communities.
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List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgments Introduction Theresa Robbins Dudeck and Caitlin McClure PART ONE: Developing the Leaders We Need 1.Improv is the Gym: Presentation Skills and Beyond at H4B's Catapult College -Kat Koppett (arts practitioner, USA) 2.The Business School Collaboration Lab: Turning Leader Development Into a Rigorous Experiment in Creative Collaboration - Pamela Burke (Stevens Institute of Technology and Columbia University Teachers College, USA) 3.Developing Strategic, Action Oriented, and Mindful Leaders - Petro Janse van Vuuren (University of the Witwatersrand School of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa) PART TWO: Developing the Youth We Need 4.The Improv Project's Detroit Yes, And - Peter Felsman (Stony Brook University, USA) and Tiger Veenstra (arts practitioner, USA) 5.Spontaneity in Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Valuing the "In-between" and "After" of Applied Improvisation - Moriah Flagler (The Ohio State University, USA) 6.Of Course We Improvise! What the Best Teachers Do (and how they do it) - Nick Sorensen (founder of The Improvising School, UK) PART THREE: Developing the Communities We Need 7.Trips to No-Mistakes-Land: Improvisation as a Meta-Skill for Doctoral Students - Gunter Loesel (Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland) 8.Transforming the Culture of Communication in Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School - Raquell Holmes (arts practitioner, USA) and Mia Anderson (arts practitioner, USA) 9.Playing Around with Changing the World - Carrie Lobman (Rutgers University, USA) and Marian Rich (arts practitioner, USA) 10.The Joy of Dementia - Mary Fridley (East Side Institute, NYC, USA) and Susan Massad (East Side Institute, USA) 11.A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Disaster: Reimagining Learning for the Humanitarian Sector Barbara Tint (Portland State University, USA) and Bettina Koelle (arts practitioner, South Africa) Appendices A. Key Improvisation Tenets and Terms B. About the Workbook and List of Exercises Bibliography Index
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Status roles and improv are at the heart of what makes our culture tick. In this detailed and insightful book, Dudeck and McClure share so much of what we need to understand to do the work and make an impact. * Seth Godin, author of This is Marketing *The Applied Improvisation Mindset allows us to understand how improvisation can create a specific mindset to surf the waves of these unpredictable times. Dudeck and McClure have edited a crucial title for all kinds of professionals who want to make a difference in the world and make it now. * Mariana Lima Muniz, Professor of Drama, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil *Dudeck and McClure serve (again!) as indispensable guides and translators of how the wisdom and magic of improv can apply to (and transform) everyday group work and life. * Priya Parker, facilitator and author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters *
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A second volume filled with examples of Applied Improvisation strategies used in areas as diverse as education and training, business leadership, medical care, therapy and community development. The case studies and workbook component will assist facilitators, managers, leadership development specialists, educators, and others to achieve similarly powerful results in their own field.
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Theresa Robbins Dudeck, PhD, is a theatre scholar-practitioner, writer, and producer. She works globally, applying the power of impro to pedagogy, leadership, collaborative creation, and social change. Caitlin McClure has been researching, studying, performing, directing and teaching improv and applied improv since 1995. She designs and facilitates play-based experiential learning programs for global organizations.