Improvisation - Between Panic and Boredom

Improvisation is facilitating good communication. Bjørn Alterhaug and John Pål Inderberg (NTNU) see this clearly in the interaction among musicians, but other professions might learn something from the fundamental jazz mind-set: creating together, taking risks, and not being overly concerned about making mistakes. People are generally not very aware of improvisation, and improvisation receives little or no attention in education. The one-sided focus on language-based knowledge and rationality often overshadows important emotional and aesthetic aspects of human interaction. Today, technological innovations, pressure of time, detailed administrative procedures, and increasingly rigid management systems often get in the way of direct dialogue and interaction between professionals and ordinary people. In all skill-based professions, e.g. psychiatrists, physicians, pilots, musicians, etc., people perform better when deep, internalised knowledge is put into action through active dialogue and interaction: improvisation. The two key components of any meeting are the ability to listen and to be creative together with other people. Models from improvised music may contribute to a new understanding of the interactive aspects of different communities of practice.