2017 Session Description

The magic land of picture telling

For adults • Mind U session
Category: Tools/Techniques
Maximum Participants: 20
Daily 9:00am • Centennial Auditorium
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

Once upon a time there was a mystical Island known as Storyland. The Island was inhabited by Picture Tellers who had great power and wisdom long forgotten by the outside world. Their power was so great that they could see the future with their ancient picture telling ceremonies.

One day the oldest and wisest Grandmother Picture Teller gathered all the islanders to tell them of a great dream vision she had had — that in the world beyond the waters, people had forgotten about picture telling and could no longer see the future. The islanders became very sad when they heard this. “What must we do?” they asked. She told them that they must journey to these places and teach the ancient power and wisdom of picture telling so that these distant people might again see the future. The very next morning, the bravest and best Picture Tellers from Storyland paddled away from the island to reawaken those who had forgotten the power of picture telling.

Will you be waiting for the Picture Tellers when they arrive to hear the ancient secrets of picture telling?

The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session

  • You’ll become a master picture teller again, no longer afraid to draw your own story
  • You’ll learn to make simple images and talismans to tell stories
  • You’ll learn how to animate your picture telling again just like you did when you were very young
Jim Ridge
Ancaster, ON, Canada

As part of a Paris-Milan based consulting firm Efeso, Jim advises and trains clients across North America and Europe on World Class Organizational Manufacturing specializing on Change Leadership for Lean Manufacturing.

He is also a professional illustrator with strong conceptual skills, which he uses to facilitate problem solving and ideation sessions. One of his unique talents is using his 36 years of manufacturing experience, combined with his graphic skills, to make difficult-to-understand business problems easy to understand with simple hand-drawn images.

Some of his works include illustrations for Tim Hurson’s best selling business book Think Better, Ken Wall“s children’s book series The Thribletts, and his own adult children’s book Lenard the Line which Jim presented (and drew) at a TEDx conference in Sarasota, Florida.

When not drawing what people are thinking Jim can be found welding metal sculptures, taking photographs with his vintage camera collection, telling traditional Japanese Kamishibai picture stories, or walking in the woodlands of his home near Toronto, Canada.

Jim is a returning presenter. Click here to see their sessions from previous years.


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