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1st Edition

Rich Pictures
Encouraging Resilient Communities

ISBN 9781138898738
Published May 26, 2016 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Rich Pictures focuses on the value of developing visual narratives – Rich Pictures – as an important component and starting point for community participation. A key device for the community to share ideas and perspectives on current and potential future situations, Rich Pictures provide a shared space for members to set out ideas and negotiate.

While Rich Pictures are widely and globally used, this is the first book discussing their use, and how and when to use this technique for maximum participatory value. A valuable read for community engagement professionals, planners, politicians, and members of affected communities, Rich Pictures is richly illustrated with examples and authors’ testimonials.

Table of Contents

1. What is a Rich Picture – developing visual narratives? 2. Rich Pictures in Action 3. Team Dynamics 4. Drawing the Rich Picture: Facilitating the process and outcomes 5. Using Rich Pictures 6. Issues in the Analysis of Rich Pictures – Eductive Interpretation 7. What ever next? The Future of Rich Pictures

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Simon Bell is Professor of Innovation and Methodology at the Open University. He has a keen interest in participatory methods and this is demonstrated in his recent co-authored book: Resilient Participation (2011). He is also fascinated with group processes and this is demonstrated in his widely used method – Imagine.

Tessa Berg is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Tessa’s PhD thesis was based on Rich Picture research. She has facilitated numerous Rich Picture workshops across a wide variety of community groups and is particularly interested in visual communication through symbol metaphor.

Stephen Morse is Chair in Systems Analysis for Sustainability at the University of Surrey. He has a background in applied biological science, and his research and teaching interests are broad, spanning both the natural and social sciences. Steve has helped pioneer a number of participatory methodologies for sustainability assessment and has been involved in research and sustainable development projects across Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia.


By drawing rich pictures you can articulate things that don’t come easy in words. And by drawing them with others you can understand and share your worldviews. Simon Bell, Tessa Berg and Stephen Morse not only demonstrate the power of this technique but go deeper to explain how and why it works. And they do so in a lively, fun style with, of course, a rich array of rich pictures.

Ken Eason, Loughborough University