Visualizing at the Emergence conference on India

November 21, 2010

This year the Emergence conference, organized by the University of St. Gallen, has focused on India. The amount of knowledge on India of the speakers was astonishing, a conference of really high quality.

I was pleased to see a large use of visual representations and sketching to moderate workshops. In the picture below the speakers of a workshop on microinsurance: Market based solutions at the base of the economic pyramid, used sketching and a poster with the Growing Inclusive Markets Strategy┬áMatrix, a template developed by the UNDP (UN developing program) “for business trying to engage in BoP-projects or growing inclusive markets“.
By the way the concept of the “Base of the pyramid” is a powerful metaphor in itself.

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Knowledge Visualization at I-KNOW 10

September 6, 2010

Our research group had two presentation and a poster (see last week’s post) at the I-Know conference 2010.

Martin Eppler presented his research with Alice Comi on inter-organizational knowledge sharing (in the picture below). They found that groups using visual representations are more productive than groups using traditional plain paper. And interactive visualization (= computer-based) is better than paper templates.

Then Nicole Bischof talk focused on clarity and gave practical insights on how to make power-point presentations more clear. tips include having a clear structure and not putting too much text on the slides. The study respondents also reported that misspelling was not an issue, while skipping slides seems to be very irritating for the audience!

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