- LogoVisual thinking
LogoVisual thinking (also LogoVisual technology and LVT) is both an overall concept and a methodology. It developed out of
structural communication, systematics (the study of multi-term systems), and other work of J. G. Bennettin the 1960s. It began in the domain of secondary education but developed into a method for management, conferencing and study. As a general concept it covers the region of learning and communication in which three modes of intelligence are combined for understanding: verbal, visual and haptic. It is thus related to multiple intelligences. The structure of the process supports metacognition.
LVT evolved independently but in parallel with Tony Buzan’s
mindmapping, Edward de Bono’s lateral thinking, Japanese affinity diagrams, Robert Horn’s visual language, Gabriele Rico's 'clustering' and many other emergent trends from the 1960s onwards. It makes the making of meaning the main focus of its technology. The technology extends verbal expression to visual arrangement and brings into play physical manipulation of 'meaning objects'. The hapticcomponent of physical contact and action is a primary distinguishing feature of LVT.
It emphasises the
logosor meaning of words in statements that are 'molecules of meaning', which can be understood autonomously and in combinations. Each molecule of meaning (MM) exists on a separate object. MMs can be placed on a visual display and moved around in relation to each other. Meaningful aggregates of MMs are replaced by higher order MMs. Use of MMs distinguishes LVT from other current techniques of display such as mindmappingbecause (a) MMs are statements and not single words (b) they are free to be moved about and are not fixed in position (c) they can form into any kind of pattern and not just hierarchical ones. In principle, every MM can be seen in the context of any of the other MMs in a given set.
The technological freedom of MMs enables people to suspend collapse into set forms and/or conclusions (convergent thinking), while providing
structureto their explorations (divergent thinking). A complex process of thinking by a group can easly be tracked and recorded.
LVT supports process of
democracybecause it enables people to think together. It articulates thinking in a public shared space, in which structure is given equal attention to content. It relates strongly to dialogueand can be called a 'technology of dialogue'.
There are five standard stages in the process.
# Focus - identifying a question or theme that provides a basis for a common act of
# Gather - generating, articulating and displaying separate MMs as a relevant set as in a gathering
# Organise - arranging and aggregating MMs to form (separate) higher order MMs
# Integrate - systematic or aesthetic unification of these MMs into a whole system
# Realise - creative or 'willed' outcome
LVT emphasises the importance of articulate statement. Each MM is symbolic of an individual in a social setting, capable of finding many complex relations with other individuals; rather than a 'thing' that has to be fixed into a mechanical order.
In the stage of Gathering, the assembly of MMs is deliberately chaotic. This allows for complexity in aggregations.
In stage three,
Organisingcan be of different kinds but in particular explore the tensions between using prefigured forms - classifications, hierarchies, etc. - and allowing the MMs to self-organise. The flexibility and range of Organise in LVT distinguishes it from the use of set forms as in mindmapping. The capacity to insert, remove and rearrange MMs in organising is a totally new dimension of thinking technology.
The fourth stage of
Integratingdraws on structural insights into complex texts, in particular the principles of ring compositionas discovered by the English anthropologist Mary Douglas.
The stages move from
contemplationto decision making.
* Blake, Varney "LogoVisual Thinking, a guide to making sense"
* Best, Blake and Varney "Making Meaning, learning through logovisual thinking"
* Anthony Blake, philosophical thinker and author.
* [http://www.logovisual.com Centre for Management Creativity: LogoVisual Thinking]
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