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Systemic Practice and Action Research

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 331–348 | Cite as

How People Use Rich Pictures to Help Them Think and Act

  • Simon Bell
  • Stephen Morse
Original Paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Rich pictures Assessment Participatory research 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Communication and Systems Department, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and TechnologyOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Centre for Environmental StrategyUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

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