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Monday, July 7

Visual Thinking

I was there most of last week in Hongkong for a workshop! All the planners in the region were there...

For a change power-point was subservient to conversations. And there was loads of visual thinking! We drew and thought aloud and the other way around.

1. I was pleasantly surprised how powerful the medium could be in framing a strategic issue and trying to solve it.

2. It was a lot easier to co-solve problems when one thought in pictures.

3. What I liked most was that pictures allowed me to stay longer with the problem. I am going to adopt more of this visual thinking in my day-to-day work...

4. And would love to have a visualiser in the planning team. Or out-source one for planning!

5. It also saved a whole lot of time. Opened up time for thinking. We used this picture to make a point/ story/ thot thumb-nail about how planning can be made more 'influential'...

3 comments:

POOJA NAIR said...

very interesting. i enjoy worskshops that compell you to think...i enjoy the various stimulants used to make people think...
visual thinking sounds like fun...

Manish said...

yes it was good fun. but more importantly it allowed to ask 'better questions' . Often we are obsessed with seeking 'better' solutions whereas the game changer is asking the 'better question'...

and you look very nice in the pic. Mrs Nair!!

Anbuchezhian said...

Hi Manish

Thnks for sharing some of the learnings of the workshop.
I think planners should get trained in the art of story telling , hopefully there are some workshops for that too being held in the country. This will definately help in simplyfying the transfer of the idea.