Comments: Improv and Negotiation

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Caryn  , San Antonio TX     02/24/13
Using improv is consistent with the creative process in that improv asks players to build upon each other's ideas, to not judge and to trust. The Creative Education Foundation lists steps in the creative process that are very similar, including the term "serious play". While most people associate improv with comedy, it can be used in mediation and other, more serious, settings. Best of all, improv builds relationships, which is helpful at the mediation table, if only to make a difficult relationship less challenging. I hadn't heard about the Harvard article, so glad you wrote about it!