LS – Drawing Together

What is meant by it?

Drawing together is an agile way of expressing your thoughts, feelings, and patterns, which are otherwise difficult to convey through words. So, if you are tired and your brain is full that you can’t indulge yourself in logical thinking, then you can use this new technique of storytelling. Draw 5 symbols that have a universal meaning to let the individual or the group know what you are trying to tell them.

How is it done?

Firstly, you will have to gather participants who are willing to tell a story using five symbols about any challenge they had faced. An open will be required for this liberating structure on which the participants can paste their papers with symbols drawn on them. Water-based markers will also be needed to draw the symbols on the paper. Every participant will get the chance to tell their story through five symbols. You can begin drawing together by first letting the participants know about the meaning of each symbol within 5 minutes. Another five minutes will be given to the participants to practice drawing the symbols. They will create their first draft of the story within 10 minutes. Another 10 minutes will be given to creating the second draft of the story by adding some details to it. Then, another individual will be invited to tell what they had interpreted from the drawing. After this, the whole group will be asked to explain what they understand from the drawings.

What is its purpose?

Drawing together will help in understanding vision on a deeper level. It will teach you to think with an open mind and understand things without words beings used. It will also help in creating a connection among the group members.


What are its Tips and Traps?

It is not essential that you must have refined drawing skills; only the meaning of your story should be conveyed. You should also record the participants using a camera while they are drawing. You should be prepared to hear some emotional responses.

Examples – Where can it be used?

Drawing together can be used in the following circumstances:

  • During long meetings to explain your point.
  • When people are having significant differences in perspectives.
  • To learn new techniques of storytelling.

— Slimane Zouggari