It is the end of the 50’s.

Professor John Arnold takes a risk: He hires industrial designer Bob McKim at the Stanford mechanical engineering department. McKim has no Phd.

Arnold is a pioneer: He wants to teach his students productive and creative thinking.

The courses he and McKim develop are…

You are not done when you finish a drawing.

Sure, when things are clear you can stop there.

But that is only the first level of visual thinking. You can go further if you need to.

To get a grip on a wicked issue

To map out your professional identity.

Or to decide on the next step in…

Modelling your purpose: A figure tangled up in a Venn Diagram.

At least the Ikigai-model is clear: It gives you the purpose of your life in 4 questions.

We are vision addicts.

That is what organizational researcher Tjip de Jong says.

And it is only human to be busy with the future.

Because it feels good to be working on a nice picture of how things could be. …

I didn’t like Malibu.

Or Bacardi Rum.

Not even with a coke.

I rather sat on the couch with a book than in a bar with my class mates. I was boring.

Recently I read a blog from a writer who also did not fit in at high school. …

*Or your colleague, or your partner.

‘Certainty is the enemy of change,’ says psychotherapist Esther Perel. ‘Therapists bring uncertainty in the conversation.’ We do the same when we help our clients with a change question.

We put certainties up for discussion

Zomergasten is on Dutch television. Perel and the interviewer…

When I was eight years old, I had a goldfish. Every time I saw him surface, I gave him extra food. I thought he was hungry. Now I know better: goldfish that come to the surface gasp for air. …

I put down a pile of library books on the designated square. On the screen appears: Are this 7 books?

I click Yes.

And there it is: the complete list of the books I returned.

I love it when you only need a single glance to see what it is…

Are you a ‘visual person’?

No? Yes you are. I did not think I was a particularly visual person either. But we all are. Forget ‘learning styles’ — they are actually one of the biggest myths in psychology. Do you have preferences in the way you process information? Of course…

Change (no matter how positive and inspired) is frustrating, it is a source of conflict and it is scary. And it should be. How else do we get out of our comfort zones? But there are ways to make it easier. …

Kim S van den Berg

I write and teach about visual thinking to facilitate learning and change www.visualsinprogress.com

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