Anything worth doing needs a central start of that Story. A trigger to get the narrative going and a way to open up the first emotional connection to possible collaboration. As so for the connecting character of Groundwater. After some debate the collaborating team came to an analogy of a fishing floater. This inspired this image of a local physical living environment, floating amidst all groundwater of Holland. It symbolises that groundwater crosses all municipal and regional boundaries and truly connects us all.
START WITH CONTEXT
This project ended up with the creation of two posters. The poster above communicates a shared path to a practical perspective forward, between all parties involved. Creating a shared context is key. Sharing the story about groundwater and the invisible ecosystems that lie below our feet is an important step to start up a process of stakeholder alignment.
. Once the stage has been set between all who have a stake in that physical living environment AND everyone has been made conscious about what stakes are on the table, it is time to start playing the GAME. By working through a map of what lies below, the stakeholders build a shared system of interdependencies, that shows where their stakes conflict and where they amplify each other. The navigator helps to bring the discussion to a shared program of action.
As part of the creation of a special Collaborative SPELL, the attendees of the TRANSFORMATION version of the College of extraordinary Experiences were experiencing first hand how they would create a comfortable spiral. Great process, made happen by everybody who attended!
Thank JACK and ANTHONY for your prototyping interventions and John-Paul Bichard for capturing this moment of shared movement!
Last summer I was invited to come to a conference about GOSSIP. The meeting was a bit peculiar. The host was ORONA (a elevate and stairway manufacturer) and their choice of venue was their traditional English PUB. This easily made the top 3 list of most interesting places to have a conference…in a bar.
The Topic was Gossip. The treasure chest of your company?
I was allowed to sit at the bar having a front row seat to the afternoons speakers. Their place of sharing being BEHIND said bar. My intention was to make drawing of their expert view on the subject and connect them after the event was done. What I found was a very well curated set of people, who all have very different perspectives on what you can call GOSSIP.
My other realisation was that during the process of translating the notes to one visual rendering I found that making portret of all attendees was a great way to give back what was said and more importantly who said it.
The visual notes you see above were made during the event. The poster below was the result of its visual translation. The poster was used to connect with all the participants personally and give back something special for their attendance.
Now the great insight lay in the creation of a PHONE based visual story that turned this poster into something you can browse through more easily and give attention to all of the different perspectives.
The event was organised by Rene Degen and Jeroen Peters of COMPARABLE .
It was a great opportunity to see how you could make the content of an event reach beyond the event day itself.
Yesterday evening I had the privilege to share my “CLEAR” story about Visualization (as the mother of all DESIGN TOOLS) with the very attentive and driven group of ladies of the LIONS of Wassenaar. After some priming on my part we got right down to the activity of the evening… drawing out Change. what started with some laughs and general awkwardness with the first pen stokes turned into an interactive exercise where everybody ended up drawing their own booklet of highly efficient drawing tips.
Thanks ladies for inviting me to the Haagse Golf & Country Club! Keep making your thinking VISIBLE!
Last Wednesday I was fortunate enough to receive the key to the “INSPIRATOR HOUSE”. A new location for inspiration hosted by Jake Blok.
After receiving they Key and driving to my next Interaction, I felt great Joy and welcome into a place where people are working hard on new valuable interactions for and between people! So tanx Jake Blok! Next week we start to make the light burn just a little brighter at then Inspirator HOUSE!
Maarten van der Berg en Dennis Luijer…. pointing in the right direction!
One of the more interesting people I met lately was Carl Verheijen. This former IceSkating Olympic Brons Champion has put his enormous ability of Focus to an almost impossible task. Reforming the way we look at the CARE system. I met Carl at a New Governance conference and we ended up making a big visual of his challenge. Not only a sketch enabling him to share his collective efforts but also a visual sharing the impending DOOM scenario we are heading towards when we do nothing. This “ANTI-SOLL” has become a great way to expose delicate relationships and political standstill. By using a narrative to talk about how it all got so bad, Carl is able to make a stronger point when talking about getting rid of the walls of miscommunication to ushering new Models of working together in the CARE system focussing on prevention and not the complaint. (going from : “what is the matter?’ to ” What matters to you?”. Check him out in this video and check out the link below, made possible by Jannis Karalis. A 360 degree experience of the visual.
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