Developing Visual Literacy: Understanding the Skills Gap

At the Agile Lab, we use visualizations to capture insights about systems. Increasingly, we recognize challenges we face are related to complex systems that we cannot see. So, we turn to drawing.

This task is not too dissimilar to the challenges of facing the life sciences. Not surprisingly, fields like systems biology have moved toward the standard visual language that can remove ambiguity, accelerate software development, and improve communication.

The development of visual literacy has become a key component of the training of tomorrow’s life scientists. Following the lessons of the life sciences, we need to integrate these new visual models into the training for entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders and policymakers.

Here is an example. We explain the chronic skills gap in terms of a systems map.