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Drawing a Vision

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Drawing aspects of a group's vision in a strategic planning process or a project planning process

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Goal

For a group to touch base with the common themes it sees in pictures of their vision.

Notes by the author Bruce Williams: Images can be more crucial for change than ideas! An advantage of this method is that it is concrete, a picture requires to have specifics in mind. In this method you are not after comprehensiveness, you are honoring the dimension of personal visions.

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Materials

  • paper (A3 or 11" x 17") or flipchart size
  • markers
  • masking tape
  • cards for the debrief at the end

Instructions

Before

Williams: "When a group has already worked on its vision, then instead of having a workshop or conversation, you can help the members summarize rapidly what they have done by encouraging small groups to draw a snapshot or some aspects of their vision."

During

  1. Divide into small groups of two or three participants, each small group talks through its vision
  2. Have each group draw a snapshot of their vision, dramatize aspects of their vision on paper, set a time limit of 10 minutes
  3. Each group chooses a reporter.
  4. each team's reporter will present and post their picture on the wall
  5. Debrief, ask: "What are some of the common themes running through these drawings?"
  6. Record the responses on cards, one response per card.

After

Follow-Up Required: Collecting and using the ideas from this session would be next.

Background

Source: Williams, R. Bruce: More than 50 Ways to Build Team Consensus, Second Edition, Corwin Press, 2007, page 9, original method name is "Snapshot"

Derived from:  Jo Nelson's "Meeting Tools"

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