Act Social: Sometimes you Gotta Improvise to Compromise

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Psychologist Barbara Tint, famed improviser Colin Mochrie of “Whose Line is it, Anyway?”, and filmmaker Sean A. Mulvihill are going to Capitol Hill and the United Nations to convince our leaders to use improvisation for conflict resolution.

Improv and Drama therapy have been shown to be successful in:

Couples’ counseling
Support groups
Refugee communities
and diplomatic negotiations

Isn’t it time our leaders gave improv a try?

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Sean Mulvihill: Hi, I’m Sean Mulvihill. A few years ago, I was involved in making a film with Eckhart Tolle. We wanted to help people become happier in their lives.

Eckhart Tolle: Allowing this moment to be as it is, that takes you deeper into yourself and you may notice, there’s a certain peace in the background.

Sean Mulvihill: Now there’s still a lot of people not being friendly in the now, maybe it’s time to make a new film that will teach people to solve real life problems while still being peaceful. I’m going to need the help of someone that has the power to transcend demographics and reach people from all walks of life.

Colin Mochrie: I’m Colin Mochrie. I’m from Toronto. I’m an improviser. Why are we stopping at countries? Why don’t we save the world?

Speaker 4: Please welcome Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood.

Sean Mulvihill: Improv, you might say, “How can improv help heal the world?”

Barbara Tint: I’ve been using improv methods and principles for dealing with conflict and conflict resolution for almost 10 years.

Colin Mochrie: The two basic rules are things we don’t do in real life, which are listening and accepting other people’s ideas and working with them.

Barbara Tint: Improvisation is fundamentally about listening.

Sean Mulvihill: Would you come with us to help some people resolve some conflicts using improv? Conflict is a natural part of life but it doesn’t have to be violent. It doesn’t have to ruin relationships. We’re headed to Washington DC to teach politicians how to improvise for compromise. Improv and drama therapy have been shown to be effective in lots of situations. Isn’t it time where our leaders gave improv a try?