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I use visual methods to assist learning and communication between groups and individuals. Systems thinking and visual practice are key to thinking and working better in today’s complex world. I use visual methods to assist learning and communication between groups and individuals. Systems thinking and visual practice are key to thinking and working better in today’s complex world.

In visual practice we weave a graphic component into our work. We literally draw information out of people, functioning as facilitators and scribes to get the wisdom of groups into a tangible form. Some of us use visual presentations to push information to people. Other use a pull approach, gathering the information that is pulled out of people, into graphic displays or renderings. Whatever approach is used, the artifacts that are created have a very graphic or visual nature.

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Philip Bakelaar (PhD) has been an adjunct professor at Montclair State University since 1992 where he teaches in the School of Communication and Media. He has taught courses on communication theory, public speaking, rhetorical theory, conflict management, systems thinking and interpersonal communication. Most recently his teaching has focused on organizational and public relations, organizational consulting, and research methods. He has trained in visual practice with the Grove, is board secretary for the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP.ORG) and provides graphic facilitation services to various organizations.

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