Regardless of where you choose to work, we recommend you make the most of Visual Thinking to help you co-create. This wide and growing field includes Info-graphics, Graphic Recording and Visual Facilitation, all of which are becoming increasingly popular. Think of them as different levels of visual technique (and they are not mutually exclusive). The first, Infographics, expertly interprets information graphically so that you can understand complex and changing data. In Graphic Recording, you use a specialist to create a contemporaneous visual record of your group interaction (usually colourful and memorable). In the third, you use a facilitator who employs visual media to direct and powerfully assist your group’s process.
Beyond these three, is a further level in which you use moveable objects to represent ideas. Therefore you transform thinking into a mapping and modelling exercise in which all are engaged. Participants articulate their ideas as objects and make sense as they manipulate them in a structured process. In a common form of this technique you use sticky notes, which you move around on a sheet of paper or whiteboard.
However, few people actually develop any depth of technique. It is rarely taken seriously or developed far because of the ephemeral nature of the medium. Nevertheless, with a little training, this trick of using moveable objects can make a huge and significant difference to the quality of thinking. As well as bringing ideas themselves into relationship, it changes relationships between participants and encourages shared ownership of results.
Logovisual Thinking (LVT) is a highly evolved form of this technique. LVT arose from the structural thinking developed by J.G. Bennett in the ‘60s. Centre for Management Creativity, based at High Trenhouse further developed LVT through the turn of the century.
In LVT we generally make use of Magnetic dry-wipe shapes displayed on whiteboards. You can augment this simple hands-on medium with software for capture and ease of storage and transmission. Simple protocols enable people to think collaboratively to achieve high quality outcomes.
Further information on LVT.
Visual Thinking at High Trenhouse
High Trenhouse has flipcharts, whiteboards, Magnotes and software available for your use. If you want to find out more, why not ask for an expertly facilitated introductory session on LVT?
That way your team can learn something of the methodology while using it to tackle real issues. Talk to us about how LVT can enhance your team’s creativity now and in the future.
For more information on the tools go to our associate business www.logovisual.com