Carrie Lobman’s latest post on ImprovisationalLearning.org looks back on a year brimming with Revolutionary Conversation and offers highlights from some of the 28 formal classes and workshops the Institute produced in 2011 (among them, “Breakthroughs in Youth Development” with Lenora Fulani, Pam Lewis and Gloria Strickland; “The Thought Leadership of Fred Newman” with Lois Holzman, and “How to Make and Play a Guitar” with David Belmont and Sandy Friedman) that altogether drew 500+ distinct participants.
A growing strength of [Institute] teachers…is our ability to help participants grapple with compelling, provocative, and challenging concepts and material. What I mean by grappling is the collective creating of philosophical, playful, inquisitive conversation that does not rush to conclusion or to the making of a point. It is in these spaces that ordinary people, with many different life experiences, can slowly engage with material that is often left to academics and subject specific experts….
This thought provoking activity is the aim of all the Institute’s offerings…[i.e., helping] people rediscover the joy of learning in ways that lead development….READ MORE