If A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words, Then A Mural Can Tell An Entire Story.
Stewards of Change Institute (SOCI) uses a powerful and highly effective tool to bring ideas to life and explain challenging concepts at our regional and national symposia, educational and training sessions, and other activities. We call it “vision mapping” because it charts a visual narrative that enables event participants to literally see – in real time – what they’ve been thinking and discussing. It is also one of the most engaging and productive techniques we use to help organizations generate learning and gain insights to inform their programmatic, organizational and/or strategic goals.
Using human-centered design principles – that is, ones that focus specifically on the client’s needs and realities – we simulate various scenarios that reflect the complex, real-world environment in which individuals, families and/or organizations operate. The process includes creating graphically illustrated personas, composite characters who bring to life the people and situations in the scenarios.
Human Centered Design & Personas
Stewards of Change believes there is considerable value for health and human services to embrace personas and use them as a way to communicate across an organization, so that everyone can understand the client’s complex needs and incorporate that knowledge into their particular viewpoint and discipline. Personas embody “human-centered design” principles when they are used to capture the complex and multifaceted needs, wants and interactions of customers. They have been used in industry, including the technology sector, to improve customer understanding, product performance, software design and user acceptance. Check out samples of our work:
The Interoperability Gallery
After the Interoperability Mural Gallery’s showings at the CIE Summit and the MESC, we are taking it to the Annual Connected Health Conference (CHC). This important event “is the global platform for provocative and forward-thinking discussion, deal-making opportunities and real-world perspectives.” With the understanding that interoperability is an increasingly significant element of healthcare and health IT, we chose murals for this event that are both highly relevant to the CHC audience and that demonstrate their value as a teaching-and-learning tool. They range from representations of how to create an organizational vision or strategic plan, to thought-provoking depictions of complex issues such as achieving racial equity in healthcare.