>I spent Saturday in a workshop on Kinesthetic Modeling (KM), a right-brain, hands-on, 3-D facilitation tool. Like a child with a new toy or a craftsperson with a new tool, I am itching to play with it some more!
I first heard of KM from my colleagues Andrea Saveri and Leslie Salmon-Zhu; we used it with participants in a three-day international R&D meeting. It was a great way to get some very cerebral, left-brain types to interact with each other in a completely different mode and really think outside their boxes.
OK, OK, I know that you are now wondering, what the heck IS this process, and how do you do it? Like Interplay and other embodied tools I use, it is much easier to demonstrate than to describe. But I will try:
Think with your hands.
Communicate without words.
Manipulate, arrange, doodle with everyday objects: popsicle sticks, rocks, figurines, toys, paper clips, etc.
Make models and maps – the images of your dreams and thoughts made concrete.
Then step back and look.
No, really, just LOOK.
See with the eyes of a five-year-old, pictures in the clouds.
Move from image to meaning.
New ideas and understandings emerge when the two sides of the brain play together!