9. Do's and dont's

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Cartoon image of nine blocks placed side to side, along with an image each representative of them drawn above them. These blocks are together labeled “the five building blocks,” and are individually labeled the following, from left to right: (1) discover your visual language, (2) design your collaboration process, (3) define key questions, (4) create engaging templates, and (5) prepare to scale., (6) enable group learning, (7) map your skills, (8) activate your resources, and (9) Do's and Don'ts. Drawn above these are posters with related images with the following text: a look back, use, weakness, and value. A cartoon image of human icon on ninth icon can be seen.

A look back

With the Five Building Blocks of Visual Collaboration and system visualization, we hope you have gained new perspectives on how you can use visualization to achieve—and give others—better system understanding.

On the following pages you will find:

  • – An overview of the Five Building Blocks of Visual Collaboration
  • – Perspectives on visual collaboration: in large or small scale, with no time for planning, and getting your participants drawing together with you
  • – A list of some of the weaknesses that you may encounter when working visually
  • – Perspectives on the value visual collaboration can deliver
Cartoon image of nine blocks placed side to side, along with an image each representative of them drawn above them. These blocks are together labeled “the five building blocks,” and are individually labeled the following, from left to right: (1) discover your visual language, (2) design your collaboration process, (3) define key questions, (4) create engaging templates, and (5) prepare to scale., (6) enable group learning, (7) map your skills, (8) activate your resources, and (9) Do's and Don'ts. Drawn above these are human icons representing each.

The Five Building Blocks of Visual Collaboration™

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Use

Small and large scale

The Building Blocks are a method you can use in countless variations, depending on requirements.

A dialogue with a colleague about two good questions and an empty whiteboard is one way of using the method. Using visual tools in the planning of an event is another, even if ...

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