Master Facilitator Journal

Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0550, August 14, 2012

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Dear Friends,









If a picture says a thousand words
, how can facilitators use them to help their groups see the bigger picture? This issue, Facilitating With Pictures, explores graphic facilitation developed by The Grove Consultants International, a pictorial approach to facilitation. This approach to facilitation can increase participation, productivity, systems thinking, continuity, and joy in your work.

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The Point

Facilitating With Pictures
A picture says a thousand words. How are facilitators using them to
help their groups see the bigger picture?



Presentation Skill


Helping people work together more effectively is one of the biggest leadership challenges in today's organizations. Leaders have to know how to gain the active participation and committed support of team members who are often involved in other work that competes for their attention. Facilitation is the art of getting people to work together effectively.

Graphic facilitation brings the power of pictures and visual thinking to the meeting room. Graphic facilitators use a whole "keyboard" of strategies (the Group Graphics™ Keyboard) to make group process visible so that people can see what they are doing. Participation, systems thinking and continuity are some of the consistent results-along with real increases in productivity and the joy of creative work.



Application


Graphic language, like music, has predictable, dynamic characteristics when it is used, or "played", quite apart from the specific content. These patterns flow from the process of creating the display, and the process needed to read it. At the Grove we've found that all variations are reflections of seven, archetypal patterns which are laid out in the Group Graphics™ Keyboard from simple to most complex. Learning these is a key to improvising actively with graphic language. They are:

Posters - which focus on a point
Lists - which generate a flow of points
Clusters - which active spatial comparisons of points or lists
Grids - which cross formal categories of information
Diagrams - which grow understanding through branching
Drawings - which animate meaning through metaphor
Mandalas - which show unity by centering all information

Each pattern is an artifact of the active process of creating it and has a built-in power which makes it more useful for some purposes than others. For instance, single images focus attention and are great for title posters. Lists flow in a linear fashion, and are therefore excellent for brainstorms and action lists. Clusters create a "space" where items are juxtaposed near each other, without connections. This invites the viewer to explore potential links and compare items.

Facilitators use the keyboard to think through a meeting or process design much like a composer might think about music, matching the formats to the different objectives of each stage. Since the simpler formats can nest into the more complex ones, there are many combinations and variations which is why graphic facilitation is such a rich, improvisational form. 


Adapted from Grove Consultants International. Go to www.grove.com to learn more about their approaches to facilitation and check out their secure online store of facilitation products and other tools.

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