We taught a condensed version of See Your Ideas, our class on vision maps, as a workshop for the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN.)
We covered many vision mapping methods, including:
- Visual triage
- Identifying themes
- Drawing thumbnails
Vision maps describe complex future states, current operating environments, or plans or proposals on a single placemat-sized sheet of paper. Data is gathered from existing source documents like strategic plans, facilitated team meetings, and stakeholder interviews. Content is organized using a technique called “visual triage” for sifting and binning similar themes. Themes are then linked into a single cohesive story. A visual is then designed around that story.
Vision maps synthesizes or replaces lengthy documents and invites communication between the presenter and audience.