There is no difference between human experience and an act of improvisation.
This resonates with an idea about improvisation that I've been working with recently, which is that improvisation should actually be regarded as identical with what we call experience. This means that there is, in fact, no difference between human experience and the act of improvisation, which means that we're actually always improvising. It means that improvisation is central to consciousness and to everything that we know. In a way, this insight about improvisation makes it so primal, as a concept, that it becomes almost impossible to place value on it. It is something that structures who we are and how we move about in the world. This means that there is improvisation that you could call "bad" or "evil." That is, for every Roscoe Mitchell or Charlie Parker or John Coltrane or Alice Coltrane or Mary Lou Williams, you also have a Dick Cheney or a contractor with Haliburton, with an itchy trigger finger. They're improvising, too
Improvisation is essential to ecological civilization. In such a civilization the unplanned is as important than the planned.
A city is a place for collaboration and conflict. In a sustainable city there is more collaboration than conflict; in an unsustainable city there is more conflict than collaboration. Either way people are improvising their lives as they interact with one another. Improvisation is not a casual adjunct to their experience; it is their experience, lived subjectively, from a first-person perspective. Whitehead calls it concrescence; Vijay Iyer calls it improvisation.
Cities are contexts for improvization. We struggle to connect and sometimes it happens.
"Cities exist because we – that is, “humankind” – are able to build things together, and music was among the first things we ever built together. The capacities to coordinate and synchronize our actions, to incorporate each other’s rhythms, to make choices together in real time – to groove and to improvise – these are human skills, not merely musical skills. These are the foundations of what is called civilization.