Make It Real
Making visual thinking and story telling a magical sensory experience
For adults (teens welcome) • Mind U session
Maximum Participants: 18
Daily 9:00am • Centennial Auditorium
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)
After a few niceties, uncle Bob said to Alice, “So kiddo, what’s up? You didn’t just call your old uncle to visit did you?”
“Oh Uncle Bob, you know me too well. I am really frustrated, I just don’t seem to be able to connect with folks in my workshops. They just seem so bored no matter how hard I try.”
After a pause, Uncle Bob, the master tinkerer-inventor, said to Alice, “Are you Making it Real?”
“Real?” replied Alice.
“Yes, real,” said Uncle Bob. “Remember when you were a kid in my workshop? We’d draw your ideas and problems out, make models, prototypes and do all kinds of crazy stuff to figure things out.”
“Those were the best times ever!” said Alice.
“Yes, they were,” said Bob, “and that was because we made things real, Alice. You could see it, touch it, feel it and almost taste it, couldn’t you?”
“Yeah, but I can’t do that in the corporate world, Uncle Bob!”
“Sure you can, kiddo! Just figure out how to make the learning experiences visual, tactile, kinesthetic, and spatial. Just start off with a good visual story using ‘Tell-A-Vision’ and build from there. It’s easier than you think. Remember, Alice, they are all just big kids in grown-up clothes… Oh, and one more thing, Alice.”
“Yes, Uncle Bob, I remember! ‘It’s not the drawing that matters; it’s the drawing that matters!”
They both laughed.
The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session
- How to super express yourself with lightning speed using amazing doodle drawings and memorizing sketchnoting — not to mention power prototyping skills!
- Stunning ancient visual story telling secrets that will blow your audiences away…surprise. no batteries required!
- Making it really real for your audiences by taking your storytelling skills to the kinesthetic-tactile-spatial hyper multi-sensory range
Ancaster, ON, Canada
Jim is a Lean Manufacturing consultant with over 35 years of field experience. As part of the Paris-Milan based consulting firm Solving Efeso he advises and trains clients across North America on the installation of World Class Organizational Manufacturing with a special focus on Change Awareness and Change Leadership for Lean Manufacturing.
He is also an accomplished illustrator with strong conceptual skills, which he uses to facilitate problem solving and ideation sessions. Some of his works have included the creation of the illustrations for Tim Hurson’s best selling business book Think Better and Ken Wall’s children’s book series called The Thribletts.
His own adult children’s book called Lenard the Line was featured in his TEDx Sarasota talk in 2013 Florida.
Some recent corporate clients for illustration and graphic recording work have included Rich Food Products, Lorillard, Deloitte, Suncor and the Ontario Centre for Excellence.
Jim is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.
All Daily 9:00am sessions:
- Are You Here Yet? Improv for the moment (Kate Ashby)
- Art of Deferring Judgment This space intentionally left blank (Matteo Catullo, Max Hurson)
- Creative Team Dynamics Bridging the creative space between people (Marc Hurwitz, Samantha Hurwitz)
- Diving into Poetry Finding your treasure (Michelle Tokarczyk, Lee Dunne)
- Make It Real Making visual thinking and story telling a magical sensory experience (Jim Ridge)
- Mirror, Mirror Learn the art and science of delivering and receiving feedback (John Sedgwick, Ian Rosenfeldt)
- Painting Your Life Letting go and creating the unknowable (Russell Thomas)
- Shower Thinking The art, science and process of incubation (Clare Dus, Liz Monroe-Cook, Kristen Peterson)
- Theory U and YoU Kick start your Theory YoU (John Frederick, Joette Field)
- …or why not just hop to another random session?