14. March 2019 - 12:00 till 14:00
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Communicating Change – The Role of Visual Storytelling to Support Change | Hub Theatre | Thursday, 14. March 2019

Culture isn’t written down, but drawings and illustrations have a powerful way to depict current cultural beliefs and rules, which can then be challenged. Visual storytelling in the form of comics and cartoons is a good way of communicating abstract, complex and emotionally difficult topics. The playfulness and unpolished style also invite participation - this is in stark contrast to slick corporate PowerPoint presentations and inspiring videos that put your audience in passive receiver mode.
In this workshop you will learn how visual storytelling can be used in change initiatives. You will also get to discover your inner corporate comic artist and hopefully get some new ideas on how to communicate change.
This session is a new partnership venture between the Open University Change Community and the Change Management Institute. Together we present Virpi Oinonen, Chief Illustration Officer at Business Illustrator, and Andi Roberts, coach, visual consultant, facilitator and OU Tutor.

About our Speakers:
Virpi Oinonen has been the creative SWAT team of various change initiatives. Her job is to turn strategies into comics and animations and employee insights into short cartoons. Her background in digital campaigning helps her to create content that catches people’s attention and is shareable - a rare approach in internal communication.
Before semi-accidentally embarking on a career in visual change communication Virpi Oinonen used to produce digital campaigns for non-profits like Greenpeace. She has also done consultancy and training around social collaboration tools (Yammer etc.) and feels passionately about making organisations less stupid.
Andi Roberts is a Professional Certified Coach of the International Coach Federation, a Visual Consultant using visual thinking, coaching and facilitation to support personal, team and organisational change since the late 1990’s, a Certified Professional Facilitator of the International Association of Facilitators and has 25 years’ experience in design, delivering and rolling out training. Andi is also and OU tutor and previously presented to the OU Change Community on Emotional Intelligence.
This event is open the Open University Staff and CMI members & guests only