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What is visual deliberation?

Blog post by Tim van Gelder, Principal Consultant at Melbourne, Australia-based Austhink Consulting:

Recently I’ve started to use “visual deliberation” as a catch-all term for the various mapping techniques and activities we use in our activities at Austhink (argument mapping, IBIS-based issue mapping, etc.). Happily, the more I use it, the more apt it seems. What we’re typically doing is helping people to deliberate more effectively, and we do this by making the thinking more visually accessible.

But is this the “right” way to use the term? How do other people use it? How should they use it? In short, what does “visual deliberation” mean? Here’s an attempt at definition (semi-descriptive, semi-prescriptive).

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