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Improvisation for Conflict Resolution
Using Improvisation to Develop Conflict Resolution Skills (Free after quick registration)
by Debra Gerardi - Mediate.com, September 2001 - All rights reserved.
How to teach the skills of listening and agreement can be challenging. It is important to “show” and not “tell” students the skills of listening, intuiting, and problem solving. The use of improvisation games can facilitate the training process and help mediators, negotiators and parties in “Getting to Yes, And...”.
(...) When improvising, it is important to help players let go of control and be open to what is happening around them. This allows them to utilize their senses and intuition when interacting with each other. The point at which the players do not know what to say is the starting point for improvisation. It is the point at which they turn to each other to look for clues for moving forward. It is the impasse point in a mediation or negotiation. It is the point where the participants must let go and utilize their senses and intuition to interact with each other. It is the conversation we have when we have emptied our selves of our positions and preconceived notions. It is the point at which we are able to perceive together what is happening right now. It is the moment of direct communication.