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The foundation of Heroic Improvisation process is theater improvisation games applied to disasters. Improvisation skills for groups track with actions needed for innovative disaster response. The Heroic Improvisation workshop puts groups in chaotic situations and gives participants the felt-sense of moving into action together in high stakes situations. Improvisation exercises enable us to practice the skills of individual awareness, responsive leadership, and coordinated action that are required during disasters.
There are many advantages to the Heroic Improvisation workshop:
Fun is the key feature of the Heroic Improvisation process. The participants generate their own fun through the exercises, which fuels team-building and creative solutions. All participants reported the workshop helped to integrate the improvisation skills, prepare them for the unimaginable and it was fun!
In each workshop, the participants will experience learn the Heroic Improvisation process (see attached graphic) through learning the improvisation skills of:
1. ALERT: Participants experience chaos in a group during an unknown situation. We have them warm-up their bodies, so they will use their five senses and intuition as a compass in the situation. This skill helps participants use their bodies and senses to better respond to the crisis around them together.
2. READY: Participants learn to build out an awareness of themselves, the situation and resources available to help to respond to the situation. Through practicing this skill, participants learn a bias for action as a group to notice resources, people and solutions to respond. Trusting in what is available at the moment outweighs fear of not knowing what to do.
3. CONNECT: Participants learn how to create a spontaneous team through giving trust to the team and trying out actions together. The participants learn to connect as a team into the creative group mind to harness the resources of the spontaneous team to respond to the situation.
4. FOCUS: Through the skills of Alert, Ready and Connect, a focus for team action will emerge as the next right step for the group to take. The focus -- signaled clearly by a member of the team -- will help others organize their action to respond to the moment.
5. MOVE: The team responds together and assesses the action. Based on the result of the action, the Heroic Improvisation process starts again to find the next right step to respond to the situation.
There are five levels of workshops for the Heroic Improvisation process, which will develop each group’s disaster response skills more deeply. Each level workshop prepares participants for the next level.
Many people want to make a difference in difficult times. The Heroic Improvisation process can prepare ordinary citizens to work in unimaginable situations and be heroic together.