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Saturday, August 10 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Improv for Reconciliation: Power, Justice and Mercy

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This workshop will explore elements of reconciliation between individuals and groups and examine these phenomena through the lens of power dynamics. Reconciliation is considered both a process and an outcome whereby individuals or groups come together in constructive ways after divides or fractures in relationships and history. Reconciliation processes include elements such as listening to and understanding past hurt, acknowledgment of harm or wrongdoing, apology, balancing justice and mercy, exploring history, rebuilding trust and the co-creation of new futures and other factors necessary for healing and the ability to move forward together. This is particularly challenging amid dynamics of power which exist, on some levels, in all relationships and interactions. 
Power is held in many forms at individual, organizational and societal levels and can be used for constructive or destructive impact. This is true between individuals who have had breaks in relationships as well as for social groups or countries experiencing historical divides. We will explore different elements of reconciliation and share an original framework about power by which to analyze and inform these processes. Improv activities and processes will be used so that participants can experience the impact of moving from divide to connection. We will move from the theoretical to the practical and from talking to doing. This work manages to blend the playful and spirited aspect of improv with potentially difficult and serious issues. Come be a part of healing divides. The world needs you!


Barbara Tint

AIN President
Barbara Tint, PhD, is a Psychologist, Professor of Conflict Resolution and global trainer and consultant.  She works with a wide range of groups and organizations around issues of conflict, culture, gender, power, status, resilience, leadership and other social issues. She has been... Read More →

Simo Routarinne

Simo Routarinne is an Interaction Designer and Creative Director at IMPROVment.fi. He is a professional improviser and facilitator and is an expert presenter. He is one of the world's leaders in status training. In the last 27 years he has trained people to apply improv skills to their professional contexts and has given inspirational keynotes and lectured in... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm EDT
The Wang Center - Room 301