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Powering Group Imagination with New Visual Tools

Yes! Visuals ignite creative action. After two years in an MA program studying symbols, imagination and the unconscious, I’ve discovered some new keys to unlocking the power of group imagination. And our Visual Insight Team is transforming this knowledge into new visual tools to help individuals and organizations communicate complex messages both internally among stakeholders and with their public audience.

Please enjoy the images below and for more details go to our  Services page. Thanks to all of our Visual Insight friends for your support on our journey.

Trust-building for Teams: Deep practical connections enabling action-oriented understanding 1/2 day session virtually or live, Springboard Murals: Send us your dense reports or lengthy decks and we will turn the data into a lively, engaging one-page graphic 3 day turnaround, Leader Training in Symbolic Thinking and Visual Communication: Business critical concepts in use of imagery 1 day training

 

Trust-building for Teams: Deep practical connections enabling action-oriented understanding 1/2 day session virtually or live Trust in effective teams usually develops over time as you get to know each others' strengths, weaknesses and quirks. But with rapid-forming and ever-changing teams today, we need to quicken the process. Visual Insight has developed a breakthrough team-building experience that deeply connects people to work successfully toward shared goals and aspirations in one day, virtually or in the room together.  Springboard Murals: Send us your dense reports or lengthy decks and we will turn the data into a lively, engaging one-page graphic 3 day turnaround Most organizations have key messages that take the form of reports or slide decks. But in our increasingly visual and time-stressed culture, we cannot count on people to wade through too much information. The solution is a one-page big picture graphic that speaks to hearts as well as minds, showing meaning and patterns as well as data. Send us your materials and we’ll turn them into a one page graphic that can be posted on the web or printed out as a handout or poster.  Leader Training in Symbolic Thinking and Visual Communication: Business critical concepts in use of imagery 1 day training Leaders today need to think symbolically and speak the international language of metaphor. This enables them to shape their strategy and culture. Most people have these capabilities innately, but need to rediscover and apply them to be effective leaders.  Visual Insight has also started a publishing company, Visual Insight Press, focused on harvesting wisdom of excellent organizational practitioners, delivering their gems of insight in pithy language and graphics. We welcome your ideas about potential topics and authors. Traditional royalty structure for softcover and e-books. We are excited about our first book, The HOW of leadership by Rob Reindl.


Trust-building for Teams
: Deep practical connections enabling action-oriented understanding
1/2 day session virtually or live
Trust in effective teams usually develops over time as you get to know each others’ strengths, weaknesses and quirks. But with rapid-forming and ever-changing teams today, we need to quicken the process. Visual Insight has developed a breakthrough team-building experience that deeply connects people to work successfully toward shared goals and aspirations in one day, virtually or in the room together.

Springboard Murals: Send us your dense reports or lengthy decks and we will turn the data into a lively, engaging one-page graphic
3 day turnaround
Most organizations have key messages that take the form of reports or slide decks. But in our increasingly visual and time-stressed culture, we cannot count on people to wade through too much information. The solution is a one-page big picture graphic that speaks to hearts as well as minds, showing meaning and patterns as well as data. Send us your materials and we’ll turn them into a one page graphic that can be posted on the web or printed out as a handout or poster.

Leader Training in Symbolic Thinking and Visual Communication: Business critical concepts in use of imagery
1 day training
Leaders today need to think symbolically and speak the international language of metaphor. This enables them to shape their strategy and culture. Most people have these capabilities innately, but need to rediscover and apply them to be effective leaders.

Visual Insight has also started a publishing company, Visual Insight Press, focused on harvesting wisdom of excellent organizational practitioners, delivering their gems of insight in pithy language and graphics. We welcome your ideas about potential topics and authors. Traditional royalty structure for softcover and e-books. We are excited about our first book, The HOW of leadership by Rob Reindl.

For more information on how visuals can help your organization please contact us.

#rwjf1stFri Live Digital Mural

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We’re in a time when words and information are flying by us at warp speed, making it nearly impossible to see the big picture at all times. Instead of taking verbal meeting notes or providing a transcript of a session, we take live visual notes during an event and immediately following, have a mural of the information to share with others to help fully comprehend the big picture.

For example:  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation holds First Fridays webinars through Google Hangouts to discuss pressing social issues facing our world. Through these webinars, they are developing a community working to change what we’ve come to consider the norm. On September 5, a #rwjf1stFri webinar was held to discuss Active Kids, Healthier Food as the school year is beginning and childhood obesity is an important issue to combat. Speakers from nonprofits, Nike and a school in Philadelphia answered questions pertaining to this topic and questions from the audience followed.

This mural was created live during the meeting, a wonderful technology that more and more businesses and organizations are using to help get the message across in the most memorable way possible. Any meeting or webinar can be captured live, helping your audience make the most of the message they’ve received and enabling them to easily share with others, spreading the word in a form that is both easy to understand and remember.

Please contact Visual Insight if you’re interested in sharing your organization’s message visually.

Visual Insight’s takeaway from Churchill Club talk by Neil Jacobstein of Singularity University

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Youth Summit at Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies

 While the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honored people contributing to peace on today’s Earth, a group of young people joined in with their vision for peace in the future world. Twenty-five students and social entrepreneurs chosen for the Telenor Youth Summit imagined innovative ways to bring safety, health, community and lifelong learning to diverse geographies.  Bringing perspectives from 13 different countries, they came up with practical solutions to overwhelming challenges, including female empowerment, education, health & quality of life, digital responsibility, democracy and equality. They presented their cross-cultural solutions to global leaders of government, business and education at a reception before the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.  

I had the honor of visually supporting and accompanying these future leaders as they engaged in a World Café and other think tank exercises to develop their vision with specific projects, then presented them at the Nobel Peace Prize event to world leaders who could help bring their ideas to fruition. We were all fortunate to have as facilitator Jan Taug, CMO in Telenor Business Internet services, whose Ph.D. work helped develop the innovative World Cafe methodology.  Graphic recording is a key part of World Cafe process. The young people rotated tables and created visual notes to help them capture emergent ideas in a co-creative process, while I created murals and borrowed more than a few of their visual metaphors.   Words and images together captured the smart, savvy and heartfelt ideas generated by these citizens of Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Bangladesh, Thailand, India, Denmark, Russia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Hungary, Malaysia and Serbia. 

TelenorYouth@PeaceCenterInvited to the Oslo City Hall for the Nobel Prize ceremony, then hosted for luncheon across the street at the Nobel Peace Prize Center (photo) these global voices for the millennial generation were later center stage at a reception concert, where they shared their vision for the future before enjoying performances by Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, Morrissey, Timbuktu, Jake Bugg with Claire Danes and Aaron Eckhart as hosts–all accompanied by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. I was expecting Mozart and Beethoven, but this was a rock concert extraordinaire.

Each venue gave the Youth Summit participants a platform to be heard, to know that their ideas mattered, and to find support for their real-world-future-oriented solutions for humanity and the planet.

Chosen through a competition hosted by Telenor, Norway’s 150-year-old telecommunications company, all of the young leaders had developed organizations or apps designed to empower social and economic change. One, for example, was an app enabling women to instantly call 30 people for help if they were in danger. Another was an incentive system for recycling in a country lagging behind in environmental laws.  Check out this video where the participants articulate their philosophies, global concerns and particular worries about their countries. They also demonstrated joy of community, bonding quickly, beginning with a frolick in Oslo’s first snow of the season, some experiencing snow for the first time.

I enjoyed each and every one of them so much, and felt great hope for the future of our planet being in their presence. In the mural below, I captured their vision:  “A vision of the Future as a Society that Has a Sense of Global Community” (the sun).  The enabler of this vision will be “Education and Mindset Driving Democracy” (the world tree). And the gap between possibilities and reality comes about through seeds planted in government and policies (the globe).

Helping them hone their vision was Ola Jo Tandre, Director of Business Sustainability for Telenor.  Meanwhile, head of Telenor’s cultural programme Randi Enebakk-Due and project manager Nina Koren choreographed their experience to maximize innovation, comfort and connection among the group. The hosts seemed deeply attuned to the subtle aspects of community-building, while nudging these young social entrepreneurs to stretch their thinking and their creativity. 

It seemed fitting that the first Telenor Youth Summit coincided with a rare Nobel Prize given to an organization rather than an individual.  The 2013 Nobel Prize went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international organization behind the phrase we hear so often in the news, “Chemical weapons inspectors went into….”  One of the themes of the youths’ discussions was that problems cannot be solved by individuals but only through collaboration between people, families, communities and nations.

In the mural below, I sought to capture the essence of their belief in the potential for technology to create peace-keeping connectivity, including apps for crowdfunding, helping the environment, and providing safety (in the form of support and transparency) for women, supporting healthful lifestyles with apps and information, and enhancing learning with apps for different learning styles and geographies. But, as one of the participants said in the video, “technology is a double edged sword,” threatening credibility of information and individuals’ privacy (the cliff).

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 10.53.05 AMFrom this, a central theme emerged:  To enable the transparency and connectivity that can enable learning for all, restore safety for women, support civil governments, empower communities, incubate innovative ideas, promote collaboration and bring health to the daily lives of people, we first need. Digital Responsibility.  (Mural below). In order to convince a rural farmer to use mobile technology support healthful habits and to gain practical knowledge toward a better life, that farmer needs to know privacy is protected and information can be trusted.  The youths called upon global business, government, and nonprofit organizations to work together to develop protocols and policies that will rebuild trust in the Internet. This was a call to action for their hosts at Telenor, to take a leadership role in a global effort to promote integrity in the digital world.

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We will continue to follow their work individually and as a community of future leaders, and I will never forget this amazing time when the seeds for a better future were firmly planted on fertile soil in an atmosphere of peace and joy. 

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SNAPSHOTS from the Nobel Peace Prize events and the Youth Summit 

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‘Just Picture It’ TV Show Featuring Visual Insight’s Eileen Clegg

Visual Insight’s Eileen Clegg recently participated in Silicon Valley-based web TV show ‘Just Picture It’ and created this mural for the show. The episode is a fascinating look at visual communication and its importance as more and more information comes into our daily lives. Watch the entire episode below.