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Sunni Brown

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Why is visual literacy discouraged in most cultures & WHAT CAN WE DO to change that?

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Visual literacy, if described as the ability to communicate via doodling, drawing, and sketching or described as the ability to display complex information in visual language formats, is often a literacy missing in adults despite it being a universal and natural inclination in children. Why does it disappear? And more importantly, what can we do to alter this course?

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  • Oct 31 2011: You'd think this would be a critical skill in a business climate so addicted to power point.
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      Oct 31 2011: The fact that it's not KILLS me. Business is operating in a hyper-competitive, global, socially-connected, incredibly complex space and YET here most of us are, trying to talk and inspire people using slides with clip art. I can't tell you how many business ideas are a direct result of sketching. Without them, we wouldn't have the Internet (thank you, Al Gore!), or the telephone, or moving pictures.
      • Oct 31 2011: "I can't tell you how many business ideas are a direct result of sketching." -Sunni Brown

        What many parents and teachers around the world discourage is EXACTLY what leads to the latest innovations and and most significant company ideas of our world! What a Paradox.
        • Nov 1 2011: Schools discourage what is needed in many ways. For example, nearly everything a school calls cheating is an essential skill in business. Such a paradox, then, should not surprise us, but that is a different topic.
          Back to your point about the value of sketches, you are right on. A lot of businesses start that way. Many others, though, start with a few sentences, which form an outline. All projects, business or otherwise, start out with an overview, then get into the details. If you sketch a construction project, that will eventually become a blueprint before a shovel hits the dirt.

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