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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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Thinking About Visuals in Online Communities and Facilitation

  1. 1. Nancy White Full Circle Associates @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.
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  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, )
  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….
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  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
  26. 29. <ul><li>Thinking and organizing ideas together </li></ul>
  27. 30. What happens when we organize our words visually?
  28. 31. Visual harvest from in “in world” World Café in Second Life – February 2008
  29. 32. <ul><li> </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> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  35. 39. So what?
  36. 40. Be obvious Accept offers Fail cheerfully
  37. 41. But you knew that.
  38. 42. More, More, More <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (my blog) </li></ul>