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Creating a Culture of Collaboration and Change at Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Business Administration organization change storymapping strategic visioning May 16, 2018

 

Recently the dean of The College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona called The Grove for help. The college of six academic departments and more than 5,000 students needed to move beyond a culture of silos, update some of its administrative processes, and address what seemed to be a lack of opportunities for innovation. As the college was getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary and was shifting from a quarter-based to two-semester-based system, the timing was ripe...

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“Hit the Beach”: VMware’s Storymap Opens Up Internal and External Communication storymapping Dec 12, 2017

 

The Digital Workspace Communication Challenge

Recently The Grove worked with VMware to develop a Grove Storymap® about its digital workspace product, Workspace ONE. VMware developed an amazing product but was running into some communication obstacles. As Kevin Strohmeyer, senior director of Solutions Product Marketing, describes, “We had been talking about the digital workspace both internally and in the marketplace for 18 months, but there was little consistency. More...

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Storymap Project Lessons – A Designer’s Perspective storymapping Sep 29, 2016

Author: Tiffany Forner

 

I’ve worked on many Grove Storymap® projects during my 18 years at The Grove. In the beginning, it felt like wading through a swamp of data, struggling to find a way to communicate a client’s complex situation in a clear and simple way. This kind of information design was not like anything I learned as a design major in college.

After years of practice and collaboration with my esteemed colleagues, Laurie Durnell and Rachel Smith among others, it...

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Autodesk Storymap: Visualizing the Future of Making Things storymapping Jan 28, 2016

 

Autodesk provides a great case study for tapping the full potential of The Grove’s Storymap® offering. Being so at home in a design-oriented milieu, the software company intuitively understood the power of visuals and was quickly able to leverage that power when it came time to roll out a visual communication within the organization.

Michele Wolpe, director of Employee Communications at Autodesk, was the project lead. She joined the company at a time when it was experiencing...

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A Client’s Perspective: Seven Tips for a Successful Storymap Project storymapping Jan 19, 2016

At The Grove we see the importance of strong, thoughtful internal leadership when undertaking a Grove Storymap® process (1). We spoke to one of our recent clients to hear her perspective on how to make the process go smoothly and get a fulfilling result.

 

If your organization wants to align on its strategy and vision and is thinking about doing a Storymap process, here are seven tips to set your organization up for success:

 

1. Engage a great team of people and a great...

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The Unity Council’s History Mural: Representing a 50-Year Journey storymapping Mar 31, 2014

 

The Unity Council was born in challenging times. In the 1960s, a freeway cut through the heart of Oakland and, as in many American cities, the result was an era of urban decline and poverty. During this time, the civil rights movement was gaining strength.

Latino activists from several organizations joined forces in 1964 to form The Unity Council, with the purpose of having a stronger, collective voice for their unrepresented community.

 

A Mural Project Is Born

With the...

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Mapping a Vision for Social and Emotional Learning in Oakland storymapping Jan 28, 2014

Safe, nurturing environments and excellent instruction have been found to result in higher academic achievement and better preparation for college, career and community life. (1) Based upon these findings, Oakland Unified School District (Oakland Unified) is working a seven-year plan to transform the educational experience of its students using Social and Emotional Learning principles.

 

 

Roots of a Social and Emotional Learning Journey Map

Over the course of a year The Grove...

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Storymapping Process Aids Merger, Informs Future Vision for Oakland Unified School District storymapping Sep 26, 2013

The Grove has worked with Family, Schools and Community Partnerships (FSCP), part of the Oakland Unified School District, to envision the department’s journey over the next five years and think about possible concrete steps to strengthen its work.

FSCP, the Oakland public school system’s largest department, addresses all non-academic support for students and families, partnering with external community agencies as needed. The department’s goal is to create full-service...

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HealthEast Care System: Storymapping the Quality Journey storymapping Oct 08, 2012

Betsy Stites and Pam Hull had a problem. They had completed a focused strategy process in their organization, the HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, MN. Now the big goal for HealthEast was “to be the benchmark of quality in the Twin Cities.” The problem was how!

“There had been a lot of uncertainty,” Betsy reflects. “Quality is so ethereal. We had to figure out a way to integrate things from an organizational and cultural standpoint.”

 

 

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Top 10 Reasons to Use a Storymap storymapping Apr 10, 2012

 

1. Gain Alignment. Need to get everyone on the same page in your organization? The Grove‘s Storymap™ process is designed to reveal and resolve alignment issues, refine the message and get all stakeholders on the same page and moving toward the same goal.


2. Clarify the Complex.
Fresh visuals provide a clarifying way for people to understand a complex situation. Different information may be flying all over an organization with few people knowing how pieces fit together....

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Mapping a Visual History of Katrina’s Aftermath in Mississippi storymapping Feb 06, 2007

 

 At a unique trade show billed by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as the first ever “Recovery Expo” in August 2006 at Biloxi’s Mississippi Coast Coliseum, booths showcased vendors selling everything from Kevlar siding to prefab homes, legal expertise and building and zoning advice. At the center of the hopeful gathering, a Grove Storymap™ helped attendees gain some perspective: a clear picture of the progress made in the state’s recovery efforts over...

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