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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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  • Improvisation_Social_Policy_Roundtable_full.mp4

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  • Improvisation_Social_Policy_Roundtable.MP3

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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.