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ROUNDTABLE: Improvisation and Social Policy

Roger Dean, Eric Lewis, Desmond Manderson, Tracey Nicholls, Daniel Weinstock

Published: 2009-09-10

VIDEO: Participants discuss possible ways in which improvisation can be used to develop social policies that are more responsive to the needs and interests of people they are targeted towards. Discussion of the pitfalls and mistakes that characterize improvised processes is also a central aspect of the talk. TEXT: Biographies of the roundtable participants.

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Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis