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PANEL: Contingency, Risk, Policy, Judgment

Gregor Campbell, Silvana Figueroa-Dreher, Sara Ramshaw

Published: 2009-09-10

VIDEO: Three presenters give talks on a range of topics related to improvisation and risk, policy, and decision-making. Sara Ramshaw: "Giving Time to Social Policy: Improvisation and the Temporality of Justification." Silvana Figueroa-Dreher: "Translating Free Jazz Improvising Practices to the Field of Social Policy." Gregor Campbell: "Improvisation and Systems Theory." TEXT: Abstracts and biographies for each of the panelists.

Available Files

  • Contingency_Risk_Judgment_full.mp4

    622 MB | video/mp4

  • Contingency_Risk_Judgment_Policy.MP3

    169 MB | audio/mpeg

  • Contingency_Risk_Judgment_Policy_bios.pdf

    118 KB | application/pdf


Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.