Thinking About Visuals in Online Communities and Facilitation

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A visual exploration of the role in visuals in group processes offline, then thinking about how we use them online.

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  • They have changed our understanding of the world, as in this graphic that represents the immense loss of life in war. This is a chart by the French civil engineer, Charles Joseph Minard , drawn 50 years after Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812. He wanted to show the impact and true cost of war upon men’s lives.
  • I could tell you how visuals help us communicate across language and culture and inform us at every step along our paths… but you know that
  • I can tell you how visuals pique our interest and curiosity… but you know that
  • How doodles have helped me listen in new ways…
  • We told and remembered our stories with pictures.
  • While working overseas, even in meetings supposedly in English, pictures changed things.
  • And invited each other to make our marks
  • Beyond photos, what happens when we represent ourselves individually? Share our identity
  • I have a brain that is always overflowing with ideas. It gets so busy. When presenting, I can get incoherent. Some of you can testify!
  • All these changes I noticed as I began to get more involved in drawing on walls changed my practices. They changed me. So now I’m wondering how they are going to change my online practices. How these online practices might be useful to more than me. Like maybe, to YOU!
  • Or how we fatigue with a stream of text, as near and dear as it is to our hearts and minds…
  • What happens when a visual just makes everything click?
  • Or understand something in a new way?
  • Why is humor experienced differently when it is visual?
  • I love the blogger who summarizes an idea with a quick sketch.
  • http://www.kstoolkit.org/Mindmapping
  • Thinking About Visuals in Online Communities and Facilitation

    1. 1. Nancy White Full Circle Associates www.fullcirc.com @nancywhite April 2010 A picture is worth a thousand words
    2. 2. This is a chart by the French civil engineer, Charles Joseph Minard , drawn 50 years after Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812. He wanted to show the impact and true cost of war upon men’s lives.
    3. 3. http://flickr.com/photos/leelefever/2246194618/in/set-72157603857270660
    4. 4. http://flickr.com/photos/leelefever/2243219038/in/set-72157603857270660
    5. 5. <ul><li>But you know this…. </li></ul>
    6. 6. L I S T E N
    7. 7. … invite storytelling and meaning-making
    8. 8. … somehow more NEGOTIABLE…
    9. 9. We can “ write on the table ” together.
    10. 10. … the power of making our mark …
    11. 11. share identity
    12. 12. Organize our thoughts
    13. 13. Supporting Specific Large Group Methods <ul><li>The World Café </li></ul><ul><li>Open Space </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciative Inquiry </li></ul>
    14. 15. Theoretical Basis (from Sibbet and Margulies and the work of Arthur Young, noted in The Change Handbook, ) http://www.bkconnection.com/ProdDetails.asp?ID=9781576753798
    15. 16. In doing F2F graphic work, new worlds have been opened up to me. What would they look like online?
    16. 18. Learning how to not screw up communicating together online all the time….
    17. 19. http://bgblogging.com /
    18. 20. http://www.commoncraft.com/blog
    19. 21. http://www.scienceblogs.com/bioephemera/
    20. 22. http://xkcd.com/382/
    21. 23. http:// palojono.blogspot.com/2008/01/story-behind-product.html
    22. 24. <ul><li>Enhancing Telephone Conferences </li></ul>
    23. 25. On phone calls, a simple visual practice can help us “see” each other in new ways…
    24. 27. Enhancing Web Meetings
    25. 28. Welcome! Write your name beneath a chair and get comfortable! Choconancy’s chairs http://www.fullcirc.com
    26. 29. <ul><li>Thinking and organizing ideas together </li></ul>
    27. 30. What happens when we organize our words visually? http://www.kstoolkit.org/Mindmapping
    28. 31. Visual harvest from in “in world” World Café in Second Life – February 2008
    29. 32. <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/choconancy/sets/72157605091310649/ </li></ul>Capture and share artifacts from F2F events
    30. 33. We can use images online to help us establish context, make meaning and create memories to continue our experience?
    31. 35. Can we draw together online?
    32. 36. <ul><li>Did you say draw? Me draw ? Yeah, you ! </li></ul>
    33. 37. <ul><li>&quot;Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.&quot; - Pablo Picasso </li></ul>
    34. 38. <ul><li>Using existing images… like FLICKR! Or Video like YouTube? </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com </li></ul>
    35. 39. So what?
    36. 40. Be obvious Accept offers Fail cheerfully http://palojono.blogspot.com/2008/02/lessons-from-improv-for-design-be.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Johnstone
    37. 41. But you knew that.
    38. 42. More, More, More <ul><li>http://onlinefacilitation.wikispaces.com/Graphic+Recording+and+Facilitation </li></ul><ul><li>http://onlinefacilitation.wikispaces.com/Online+Visual+Tools+and+Methods </li></ul><ul><li>http://onlinefacilitation.wikispaces.com/blogging+to+drawing </li></ul><ul><li>http://del.icio.us/choconancy/visual_blogs </li></ul><ul><li>http://del.icio.us/choconancy/visual_thinking </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fullcirc.com (my blog) </li></ul>

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