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Pixel Protocols

Visual Documentation of Dialogue Processes

Talking Pixels

Engaging in dialogues means bringing people together to address common concerns, reach viable solutions, and find new paths – at companies, in administrative departments, and in society at large.
The lasting effect – i.e., the long-term success – of dialogues, hinges on how the results are documented. Text protocols keep important arguments, ideas, and positions on record. However, thought and communication operate predominantly with images. By visualizing dialogues in the form of TALKiNG PiXELSPiXELS (pixel = portmanteau of “picture” and “element”), it is possible to record the profound emotional images behind the arguments, ideas, and positions and attain a much higher level of visibility and a more lasting effect – after all, a picture says more than a thousand words.

The unique computer-based dialogue visualization method TALKiNG PiXELS also makes it possible to visualize the central theme in a profusion of ideas and experiences collected in parallel dialogue processes, to immediately generate concentrations of content on common concerns even at large-scale conferences, and to encourage interaction between the dialogue partners before, during, and after conferences – thus helping you to attain new and more profound insight.

The modular method of TALKiNG PiXELS can deliver tailor-made solutions for your dialogue process, too. Start a dialogue with us!

PiXEL-Protocols

Are you looking for eye-catching new ways to document your conferences, workshops, or meetings?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could inform the participants of your (large-scale) conference about the results of (parallel) workshops and meetings continuously and almost instantaneously?

Our method offers you...

  • a computer-based live visualization of your conference;
  • “result walls” that inform participants of developments at your event as they happen (for parallel events: in the rooms where meetings are taking place and at the main venue);
  • documentation of results for further use in digital form (“result download”);
  • a compilation of the most important “result images” in the form of eye-catching gifts (e.g., mousepads, coffee mugs, leporello books).

PiXEL-Talks

Would you like to communicate your results, visions, and decisions with your colleagues or clients in an eye-catching way and achieve a lasting effect?

Our method offers you...

  • a computer-based visualization of your lectures, strategy documents, and text protocols;
  • documentation of results for further use in digital form (“result download”);
  • a compilation of the most important “result images” in the form of eye-catching gifts (e.g., mousepads, coffee mugs, leporello books).

PiXEL Stories

Wouldn’t it be practical to have a clear illustration of lines of conflict and solution spaces in the case of disagreements within your organization or with your clients/stakeholders?

Would you like to make comparisons between internal and external points of view to aid you in your strategic identity-building processes?

Our method offers you...

  • a visualization of the “story lines” or the lines of argumentation of various actors/stakeholders;
  • a comparative illustration for further use in digital form (“result download”);
  • a moderated concentration of content emphasizing common concerns between various “story lines”;
  • documentation of results for further use in digital form (“result download”).

PiXEL Mining

Would you like to extract the central theme from a profusion of ideas and experiences in parallel dialogue processes?

Do you want to summarize the results of parallel dialogue processes at a large-scale conference?

Are you looking for synergies between dialogue processes on different topics?

Our method offers you...

  • PiXEL Protocols or PiXEL Talks, depending on your needs
  • Extraction of keywords from the result pixels in a moderated process or by experts;
  • Concentration of results in the form of optical “tag clouds”;
  • a moderated concentration of content emphasizing common concerns between various “story lines”;
  • documentation of results for further use in digital form (“result download”);

PiXEL Schools

Would you like to learn the principles of computer-based visualization?

Are you a student looking for further qualifications?

Our method offers you...

  • In-house workshops on visualizing dialogue processes with PCs;
  • Training courses on visualizing dialogue processes with PCs within the context of the University of Freiburg’s continuing education curriculum.
  • Advice on software and hardware purchases

 

TALKiNG PiXELS is a method developed by the University of Freiburg. It is offered as a service with 15 specially trained and experienced dialogue visualizers. The dialogue visualization method developed by TALKiNG PiXELS is not itself a method of moderation, but it does draw heavily on moderation and supports it. TALKiNG PiXELS cooperates with a network of external moderators in order to meet the needs of specific clients.

The dialogue visualization method of TALKiNG PiXELS passed its first test at the Congress on the Future held on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the University of Freiburg’s founding. Over the course of a two-day period, roughly 300 distinguished participants from universities, private companies, politics, and societal organizations conducted debates on the future of the classical university in Germany in 12 parallel workshops. The results and positive feedback are available for perusal in the documentation of results.