Improvisation Capacity & Playspace
The dynamics of playspace come to life as they are enacted each day in the real-time spaces we create. I first discovered the power of playspace through the detailed descriptions of people who were developing their capacities for innovating, learning, and changing as they learned improvisation.
As I analyzed their experiences, I saw two important interconnected phenomena. First, the individual capacities emerged as people developed increasing awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of themselves, their colleagues, and their context in action. Second, people’s individual experience came to life through dynamic engagement in the playspace the co-created. The more playspace people experienced, the more improvisation capacity they developed and the more improvisation capacity they developed, the more playspace they experienced.
-From: From Workplace to Playspace: Innovating, Learning and Changing Through Dynamic Engagement (Jossey-Bass, 2010)
In this short video I describe and demonstrate the relationship between playspace and improvisation capacity: