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George Braziller, Inc.

The RSVP Cycles: Creative Processes in the Human Environment

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Title: The RSVP Cycles: Creative Processes in the Human Environment

Author: Lawrence Halprin

Publisher: George Braziller, Inc., New York, 1969 

RSVP cycles is a system of creative methodology for collaboration. It was developed by Lawrence Halprin and this book published in 1969 presents this ground-breaking system in detail.

The name is an initialism referring to its four components:

Anything that can be used in the process, including time, physical materials, other people, ideas, limitations etc.
Instructions for the work. This can be identified along a gradient scale of being an Open or a Closed score.
A process of dynamically responding to the work based on values.
Setting the work in motion.

Within each stage there is a micro-cycle, which includes all the other elements (e.g. scoring the resources, resourcing the performance, performing the score etc.). There is no set order in which stages should be completed, and one can jump from any element to any other element as long as there is consensus.

According to Halprin, "By chance, when I finally put the headings together, they spelled RSVP, which is a communications idea meaning "respond". 

Paperback. 207 pages. 9" x 8.7" x 1". 

Condition: Good (G). Book cover and top of page leafs contain slight yellowing/discoloring and staining. 

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