Judgment is inherent in language. Both spoken and written language try to reduce complex ideas into something quickly digestible; a side effect is that language can feel like accusation: “Have you tried this…?” Or “This is how WE do it.” This sort of communication is subtly violent and often drives a wedge between people, separating “Us” into “Us/Them” groups. This violence is stripped away when we communicate through images.
Participants in this workshop will practice making images using their own bodies (and/or using objects in the room); they will be asked to “Show, don’t tell.” They also will also practice “listening” with their eyes; this is important because watchers must provide the words, if there are any to be said.
The participants will:
- practice creating images to illustrate a problem or challenge
- practice creating images to illustrate a solution or desired outcome
- practice achieving group consensus non-verbally
- learn to visualize the practical and emotional steps it takes to go from thorny problem to best resolution.
This workshop is especially useful in team building and promoting team problem-solving.