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About Visual Explorer
Visual Explorer™ is a tool for creative conversations and deep dialogue—using a wide variety of … READ MORE
Amplifying Voices: An initiative of CCL Ethiopia (VIDEO)
This short 2 minute video showcases the powerful impact that happens when you invest in … READ MORE
Review: “Well-designed Visual Explorer tool enables creative dialogue and collaboration”
Here’s a review of Visual Explorer, from Innovation Management: Conclusion [full article here] I like … READ MORE
CCL Collaborates with the European Center for Electoral Support
Good news from Barcelona (below) from the … READ MORE
A different kind of conversation
Here’s a story from Jon: a successful conversation, with his son, on a topic difficult … READ MORE
Leadership Beyond Boundaries and mediated dialogue
Leadership Explorer tools, and especially Visual Explorer, have been key to our Leadership Beyond Boundaries initiative, where … READ MORE
Integrating Social Media in Youth Leadership Training
This field report is from Nadja Shashe, team member of the CCL Addis Ababa, Ethiopia office … READ MORE
Nuggets of Wisdom from the Early Leadership Toolkit
By Brandi Nicole Johnson Last month, I had the opportunity to attend LBB’s training on … READ MORE
Use of Collaboration Explorer and Visual Explorer in a Capacity Building Retreat in Nairobi
By Kathy Vaughan Center for Creative Leadership I used Collaboration Explorer and Visual Explorer as part of … READ MORE
Video introduction to Visual Explorer
Here is a nice introduction to Visual Explorer by David Magellan Horth. A deeper introduction … READ MORE
A Peaceful Neighborhood Learning Circle
Sue Wolpert, change agent in Cleveland, writes to us about the formation of a Peaceful … READ MORE
- About Visual Explorer
Here’s a review of Visual Explorer, from Innovation Management:
Conclusion [full article here]
I like the Visual Explorer. The cards are of high quality, which means they should be durable tools that you and your team can use to open dialogue and explore new ideas. I like the fact that it isn’t just another card deck that helps you to generate ideas; rather, its primary focus is on facilitating discussion between people, building bridges between differing opinions and yes, even developing new ideas. And, as you may have gathered, I’m a big fan of the level of thinking, organization and presentation that went into the facilitator’s guide. A tool is only as good as the instructions that teach people how to use it. The Visual Explorer’s facilitator’s guide is first class all the way.
If you and your team are facing some difficult issues, or need to develop consensus on your organization’s future direction, or if you simply want to improve team communication and collaboration, then you may want to consider investing in this high quality toolset.”
Good news from Barcelona (below) from the European Center for Electoral Support (full story here, and here for the 2012 edition). The ECES has the strategy of supporting “dialogue and mediation for the consensual and inclusive management of political transition and the prevention and mitigation of electoral and political conflict.”
The 2013 edition of the Dealing with Electoral Violence: Leadership and Conflict Management Skills for Electoral Stakeholders took place in Barcelon on 14-18 Octber 2013.
The overall objective of this 2013 edition of the LEAD Training has been to look into ways in which representatives of electoral stakeholders can improve their leadership skills and take on board means for preventing and/or mitigating the escalation of election-related violence and conflict throughout the respective electoral cycles.
The LEAD training is jointly organized with the Center for Creative Leadership: Leadership Beyond Boundaries and the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center. (more here.)
Here’s a story from Jon: a successful conversation, with his son, on a topic difficult for both of them.
I was having some challenges with one of my sons one time and his finances weren’t in order. I was so bothered by this. I knew I didn’t want to turn him off completely but I had to get some breakthrough. I had just learned about Visual Explorer at a seminar. And so I took the cards to dinner with the two of us, not even knowing how to use them, and I said something to the effect of, ‘Michael, talk to me about your finances’ and I said, ‘Pick a picture that helps depict what’s going on.’ And it was a barn burning. From there he told me a whole story about how he felt out of control and his whole world of finances was burning. And so the VE deck provided a great enty into getting behind what was the issue.”
By Kathy Vaughan
Center for Creative Leadership
I used Collaboration Explorer and Visual Explorer as part of a retreat for a high performing team within a multilateral agency whose work is pro-poor. The team is comprised of core staff and several consultants. The team has operated in a highly dynamic environment over the past year with large scale organizational change and with lack of formal leadership of the new overarching entity within which they sit. Over the course of the year, I have worked with them on a capacity building initiative to enhance the collective capacity of the team in the areas of communication, conflict management and negotiation. The September retreat marked the end of the engagement. The design for the retreat included both Visual Explorer and Collaboration Explorer. (more…)
Here is a nice introduction to Visual Explorer by David Magellan Horth. A deeper introduction is a CCL Webinar called Visual Thinking for Effective Leadership, by David and Chuck.
What Is Visual Explorer?
Visual Explorer uses images to facilitate conversations, creating new perspectives and shared understanding. The tool consists of 216 images, available in letter-size (USA), postcard-size, and playing-card-size formats, and a facilitator’s guide.
Visual Explorer offers the most benefits when a group needs to:
• Find patterns in complex issues and making connections
• Take a variety of perspectives
• Ask new questions, uncover hidden assumptions
• Elicit stories and create metaphors
• Tap into personal experiences and passions
• Articulate what is known to the group
• Practice dialogue
Sue Wolpert, change agent in Cleveland, writes to us about the formation of a Peaceful Neighborhood Learning Circle. (More on Sue’s work with dialogue and community engagement in urban neighborhoods here.)
The Possibility People in Cleveland are moved to manifest their own aspirations for healing and peaceful neighborhoods by the stories told and spaces created by a small group of change agents who dedicate themselves to learn, celebrate, and demonstrate peaceful neighborhoods. As we discover new ways to live with ourselves, others and our physical spaces we model, with deep respect, these new ways of being.
The conversation we had was fabulous. The participants came up with so much wisdom that would never have surfaced without the cards. …
Every card opened the path for a story, every story revealed an important piece of information for our work.