ADRIC 2022 Session Description;
Intro to Improv for Mediators – Comfort in Uncertainty, Joy in Collaboration
Gatineau, Quebec • October 21, 2022 – 11:10 am
SPEAKERS: Richard Moore and Zoë Barrett-Wood
In truly successful conflict management, we aim to solve problems without any preconceptions of what should happen. It’s an improvised process. But improvising isn’t always easy. We may get caught up in our own thoughts, try to create solutions too quickly, or feel lost when things don’t go as we’d expected. Zoë Barrett-Wood and Richard Moore are passionate about helping mediators build their comfort in uncertainty and their skills in improvisation, to enable better outcomes for all.
This workshop session will:
- Provide insights into the remarkable overlap between the principles of improv and the principles of mediation.
- Provide participants with the chance to get up on their feet and try improv!
- Start with a series of fun and easy improv exercises to help participants build their improv skills.
- Follow up with guided reflections to help participants make connections to their own work and solidify their learnings
The improv exercises will help participants:
- Sharpen active listening skills
- Maintain calm and confidence in the face of uncertainty
- Enhance adaptability and spontaneity
The exercises come from Zoë’s 10 years of experience performing and teaching improv, including two recent and highly successful Improv for Mediators workshops. The overall philosophies guiding the development and delivery of the session come from Richard Moore’s 30+ years practicing and teaching mediation.
Zoë Barrett-Wood is a mediator and facilitator with the Canadian Collaborative for Engagement and Conflict Management. She has a background in the sciences and the performing arts and believes in the power of bringing the two together. Zoë worked for a decade as an environmental consultant on complex projects related to land protection, resource development, and community health. She’s also worked as an actor, improviser, and comedian for film, theatre, and audio projects. She has been teaching improv for workplaces in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors for the past 7 years. Zoë combines her passion for the arts and community wellbeing by facilitating creative processes for conflict transformation, community building, and political advocacy.