What is #visavis & why now?#visavis stands for VISUAL INTERCULTURAL STORYTELLING APPROACH IN THE VIRTUAL INTERACTIVE SESSIONS. The visual turn in the 21st century and the current accelerated digitalization of the globalized world lead to new formats and new ways of collaborative learning and working in the virtual and hybrid spaces. Hence, the rising use of visual arts paired with storytelling activities in adult learning in the organizational development context lay at the ground of this invitation. The intercultural component mirrors the culturally diverse world of today, where we not only learn and work with people from different corners of the planet but also representatives of different generations, genders, social and educational backgrounds and individual characteristics. If you answer the next three questions with a “yes”, the series of the vis-à-vis sessions definitely are for you. 1. Are you eager to design more inclusive, creative and inspiring learning environments so that people from different cultures can share their stories, exchange visuals and develop global mindsets? 2. Are you curious how you can get inspired by art and storytelling activities and apply them in your trainings, coachings, facilitation or university classes? 3. Are you interested in exploring creative tools to spark curiosity and innovation and exchange stories and visual stories with people from around the globe?
Why to join #visavis & how to apply it?Building trust across cultures, no matter if face-to-face, in the virtual or hybrid spaces is art! People collaborate much better when they can build stronger connections. We know it because of research and because we sense it. Currently, it requires a high level of distant socializing, though. Hence, the questions to all of us, who work as facilitators, coaches, team coaches, trainers and academic teachers are: • How can we design spaces where people can learn from each other and deepen their relationships despite fears of losing face and being misunderstood in the cross-cultural context, facing the additional challenges of the virtual world? • How can we create the atmosphere of inclusion with the focus on human factor in times of polarization, xenophobia and high level of uncertainty? • How can we make sure that people not only acquire knowledge (very old school approach to learning) but also acquire competencies and skills they can apply at their jobs and in their private lives (newer approach to learning) and dare to inspire each other and learn in the collaborative way? (new learning, agile learning)? With these challenges and wonderful chances in mind, I would love to invite you to set on a common learning journey and explore the world of #visavis - VISUAL INTERCULTURAL STORYTELLING APPROACH IN THE VIRTUAL INTERACTIVE SESSIONS.
CURIOSITY & INSPIRATION Art is less an object and more a process of exploration. Hence it triggers curiosity and inspires. Sharing stories triggers curiosity and inspires as well. The combination of both serves here as a tool to reflect on the own worlds of obviousness and as an invitation to a vivid exchange. The essence of the chosen pieces of art triggers further curiosity and forms the basis of experiential learning.
STEP 2. COURAGE & INNOVATION Just like in real life, after visits to an art institution, artistic space or gallery, we mostly talk about what surprised, enchanted, provoked and even shocked us, we can share our impressions in virtual groups. Story sharing in the story circles not only serves the purpose of a vivid exchange of stories but also leads to the emergence of innovative ideas and courage which is the basis of building trust.
STEP 3. COACHING & INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT The last part of the common journey is devoted to your individual development. Thanks to coaching questions, you are going to self-reflect and exchange with others on how you can apply visual intercultural storytelling activities in your work and what you can shape with them. Last, but not least, it leads to ideas how we can make learning by lighter, more creative and inspirational.