Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Visualizing Prevention

What better to stimulate a conversation on Nearly Wordless Wednesday than something like a really great infographic?  Do you believe a picture is worth a thousand words? Rather than words, what if we take those bullet points (reports, papers etc) and make 'em visual? Why? Here's six (really good) reasons.

What data do you have that you could "go visual" with?
If you're already creating these kinds of communications - do share.

Source Trail: as usual this came to me via Twitter and then Beth Kanter on Facebook which led me to this HubSpot Blog Post and then over to  Social Media Chimps (who had some additional insights framed beyond marketing) and finally to my pinning it on Pinterest in order to post it here.  A typical social media trail, yes?


Inga said...


I think we must be on the same wavelength today!  This morning I was trying to think of ways to get prevention messages across visually.  

Why?  Well, I checked out for the first time last night and was swept away by the beautiful visuals.  Then, I came across their page for "cannabis" and was reminded why proponents of legalizing marijuana have made such headway in our country.  Pro-marijuana messages are everywhere!  

BTW . . . while writing this, I searched "healthcare" on Pinterest and found graphics about the medical benefits of marijuana, "Guinness vs. Beer: Which is Healthier?" and "Beer Saved the World".  

With a budget of $0, I'd love to find a way to make equally incredible visuals for prevention messages.  


coyenator said...

Hi Inga,

So nice to hear from you and glad to be on the same wave length.  I do think most of us in prevention have been slow to adopt social media and other communications tools including Flickr, YouTube, and especially Twitter. [You are an exception - you've been leading for quite some time!]  That's partly because we are short on staff and long on responsibilities.  Others (like pro-mj folks) are quick to put these new methods to work for their cause).

It takes time to learn and develop skills with a new set of tools. It makes me think of the incredible power of 20% time.  I keep hoping our funders and agencies will tap into this method for learning and supporting change. I believe it could go a long way toward job satisfaction (less turnover) and propelling prevention into a lead role in creating changes we want in our communities.  More on 20% time here

What could 20% time make possible for prevention? What would you learn and do first if you had 20% of your time to work on any project you wanted?

BrettBuen said...

You have perfectly encapsulated the essence of effective internet business advertising. I thought blogging should be lengthy and boring but you gave me the idea how to hit my niche while maximizing ad placements at the same time. Good job!