Picturing Problems

  • Mike Metcalfe
Conference paper


This paper is about designing collaborative problem-picturing; the act of drawing pictures to aid thinking. The author’s concern is that a picturing process needs to be designed to ensure a problem domain, such as a system development, is well analysed and well synthesised. Specifically this paper will argue that problem picturing can be improved by explicitly incorporating Dewey’s (1910) concept of synthesis. The evidence provided to support this argument includes a summary of the problem picturing literature and a summation of the systems thinking literature on problem solving. The two are then draw together in an example of a picturing process that learns from these two literatures.


Wicked Problem Soft System Methodology Conceptual Frame Rich Picture Collaborative Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mike Metcalfe
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  1. 1.University of South AustraliaAustralia

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