A Taste of Mindcamp (How to Tell Pictures)

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One of a series of posts profiling some of the 100+ hours of Mindcamp programs you can take this summer. For more on this and other programs, go to: Mindcamp Sessions.


The magic land of picture telling

Once upon a time there was a mystical Island known as Storyland. It was inhabited by Picture Tellers who had great power and wisdom, long forgotten by the outside world. Through their ancient picture telling ceremonies, the islanders could see the future.

One day Grandmother Picture Teller gathered all the islanders to tell them of a vision she had had — that in the world beyond, people had forgotten about picture telling and could no longer see the future.

The islanders became very sad when they heard this. “What must we do?” they asked. She instructed them to journey far and wide to teach the ancient wisdom of picture telling so that people everywhere might again see the future.

Next morning, the bravest Picture Tellers paddled away from the island to reawaken those who had forgotten the power of picture telling. Will you be waiting to hear the secrets of the Picture Tellers when they arrive?

The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session

  • Become a master picture teller again, no longer afraid to draw your own story
  • Learn to make simple images and talismans to tell stories
  • Learn to animate your picture telling, just as you did when you were very young

As part of the Paris/Milan-based firm Efeso, Jim Ridge advises European and North American clients on change leadership for Lean Manufacturing. He is also a professional illustrator who uses his strong conceptual skills to facilitate problem solving and ideation sessions. His simple hand-drawn images make difficult-to-understand business problems clear and actionable. His works include illustrations for Tim Hurson’s best selling Think Better and his own adult children’s book Lenard the Line which he presented at TEDx Sarasota.

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  1. As a conference attendee, I would love to be able to view this and other sessions that I might miss and to review those sessions I was at. As a non-attendee, I would like to “catch up” on what I missed.

    Would you be willing to provide/sell such videos of the sessions?

    Would you be willing to consider offering a live-streaming option for those who can’t make the conference in person?

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      HI Gary, we’ve often thought of doing this but face severe limitations: Internet bandwidth at our location is marginal, barely enough for all the attendees personal communications. So streaming would be tough. Nor do we have sufficient camera/sound systems to cover the many simultaneous sessions. On top of that, most of the session are highly interactive, which would require a pretty skillful camera operator. And on top of THAT, we’d have to ask people’s permission, since many of the sessions can get personal.

      So while I’d love to find a way, we haven’t yet figured out how to overcome these challenges. Perhaps we need a little creative problem solving!

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