How people use Rich Pictures

Bell, Simon and Morse, Stephen (2012). How people use Rich Pictures. In: Open University Colloquium. Pictures to Help People Think and Act., 07 Mar 2012, Open University, Milton Keynes.


Groups of all kinds are complex organisations. To understand them and to facilitate them in process terms is a matter of rich and diverse discourse in varied fields from sustainable development to coastal ecology; from bandwidth in rural communities to health service provision. How to allow groups to discourse, problem solve and review their own issues and concerns? Diagrams in general and Rich Pictures in particular can be great means to allow groups to explore their subconscious, their occult sentiments and conflicted understandings. This paper explores and explains diverse use of Pictures and shows how they can be applied and understood in group processes of all kinds.

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