What is Graphic facilitation?
With the systemic look as the work approach, we activate different participative methodologies, like the Iceberg, the river of history, the Theory U, the ladder of inference, the World Cafe, the fishbowl, the Jahnsen window, the Art of hosting and harvesting among others… and with the Visual Facilitation as the underlying methodology, putting the value in the language of the invisible, the language of metaphor. Generate a process narrative that connects the ideas, people, the novelty.
We activate a set of methodologies that contains the “toolbox” of Visual Thinking and that among others, mobilizes five fundamental competences:
- It creates meaningful account: The great challenge of the organizations and communities is to equip themselves with meaning and with a shared interpretation of things. It positions all the participants in a transformative look and makes them see together the future they are heading to, building it and drawing it.
- Recognizes and focuses: it allows for the recognition of the plurality of perspectives and contributions and creates a concrete product that allows to focus together in the same direction.
- Innovates: What is drawn will express the seeds of what potentially could be important changes. Visual Thinking is not done following the hierarchical structure of an organization: the roles are altered so that everyone can participate, new leadership is created.
- Encouraging participation: A Mural Thinking exercise requires democratic governance, challenges the capacity to build together, reach agreements, create consensus, including diversity and be able to equip the common unit and project.
- It strengthens the team work, transforms any group, organization, team or place into a creation community. It is collaborative.
In recent years various visual thinking techniques have been developed for the facilitation of processes, coaching (personal and team) and the creation of pedagogical and communicative narratives.
In addition, the preparation of a visual mural is a graphical methodology for the group creation of knowledge for change and commitment, which will be particularly adapted in the visualisation and the practical phase of the Strategy and Action lines.
The Visual Storytelling is the name generally given to any sequence of images that makes an account or explains an issue or subject (e.g. infographies).
The GraphicRecording (graphic art) is a complete visual account that makes sense in itself. It seeks to make illustrations that make the text unnecessary to explain a history, experience or argument. A final assessment session of the process, for example, would lead to a closure of the road with something more than words.
Finally, the thought Map are a synthesis of three types of tools: ideas rain, graphic organizers and conceptual maps, that would help us to reveal our more deeply rooted beliefs and mental models.
In what cases can we benefit from the Graphic facilitation?
When we live a process that is visualized, our eyes, ears, mind and heart start to connect. And when this occurs, we listen (to ourselves) more deeply. We connect more deeply with the process.
When we see our words and our thoughts expressed in front of us -in that here and now, on paper – we become more aware about what is happening in that space.
The people that use visual collection and facilitation use listening and drawing skills to accompany the people and the teams to go deeper into what is happening.
The use of visual language is not an act of “drawing and scribbling”: it is an exercise that connects mind and heart to favour conversations, generates alignment and commitment and breaking down solutions or visualise possible scenarios.
With the force of the #Visual Language #Visual Thinking
Visual thinking is a methodology that combines different tools to look at, listen and interpret the reality and facilitate, through drawings and words (with simplicity and clarity) the conversations and the processes of a group/organisation. It allows, among other things:
- Order the information and thought.
- Simplify the complex.
- Open new perspectives.
- Synthesis the information.
- Identify the patterns of a meeting and/or process.
- Maintain the “tone” of the participating people in order to be present.
- Create the conditions so new ideas can emerge.
- Facilitate the visualisation of common points of arrival.
- Provide change metaphors and help people to move in a shared direction.
The development of visual language is accessible to all people.
Visual Thinking provides the conditions so that the information, content and therefore the process can flow:
- With speed
- With greater adaptation capacity
- From the creation (collective)
- And from the collaboration
Visual Thinking is able to link the abstract and the emotional reasoning, is a meeting point between the personal and universal constructions. It tries to find those forms of expression which cannot be verbalized. It allows us to intelligibly connect with what remains hidden, the unexpected, what is still at the frontier, which they are afraid to say in another way. The Visual Thinking allows us to co-create and offers us a synthesised image. It encourages a global and common look. It allows us to discover the details at the same time as it reveals the information that emerges from the whole.
Visual language is not only practiced by looking but above all by preparing those narratives. In preparing them, the involvement is deeper and all the dimensions of the experience with that image are exponentially multiplied. Visual Thinking has an extraordinary potential to build bridges between people and ideas (which otherwise are hard to communicate) and generate joint ideas.
Create a creative image and with participation allows for the involvement of the group in all the phases like deliberation, movement, reflection and possible change scenarios.
Visual Thinking offers us very radical ideas that drive us to think with our look, with our listening, with our whole body, with all our internal and external.
It is necessary to look at and deeply listen to the reality in order to think about it, talk about it and transform it creatively.
Graphic facilitation, together with other Visual Thinking tools and team coaching focus and work helps us to capture the intuitions and ideas that emerge in your team, giving them meaning and turning them into a force for change.