You have now been through five chapters about a method that describes in practical terms how you can become more visual in your work. This chapter offers a theoretical perspective on the five practical chapters. It explains why we, as the principals of Bigger Picture in Denmark, do what we do and can guide you toward a more visual way of working, regardless of whether you do it on a large or small scale. We call our approach to working visually system visualization.
When we work visually, alone or together with others, we represent the world as we see it in images and words. We build up material that can be observed and interpreted. When we work with visualization in social processes, we approach this process with special attention to parts, relationships, and the way everything fits together. System visualization is a way of processing complexity so it becomes manageable.
System visualization is based on a set of fundamental systems theory assumptions, a focus on group learning and the idea that places where social processes unfold can be considered visual learning arenas.
Most professional processes we are part of are about understanding and expressing development, challenges, opportunities, or changes. But the world's complexity ...