Innovative arts-based learning for teams

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A practicing artist working in the medium of photography I create transformational arts-based learning workshops for businesses and institutions.

My approach

Mobile photography is an underexplored tool for professional and organizational development. A smartphone with a working camera is a fantastic assessment instrument of group processes. Over the years of my involvement with nonprofit, private and public sectors I have developed an image analysis technique and methodology which allow to address creatively the challenges today’s managers and leaders are facing.

Each workshop is elaborated in close cooperation with the client taking into account the specificity and uniqueness of their situation and professional sector. This versatile methodology can be applied to a variety of business challenges including but not limited to:

  • Newly formed teams following a merger/acquisition;

  • Change of team leadership;

  • Ineffective communication;

  • Rapid change and volatility in work environment;

  • Other recurring business issues.

How my approach is different

When it comes to the arts commonly used in corporate and organizational learning, it is painting that still takes the crown. Photography, probably the most widely practiced form of art today due to smartphone use, has been invited to join only recently. My approach is unique not because I am encouraging my clients to use their smartphones as a creative tool, but in the way in which I help them view and analyze their photos so it becomes new transformational knowledge.

Please get in touch to find out how my approach can be applied to your company or organization.

Team-development modules:

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Communication

The quality of in-team communication has a direct impact on productivity and the bottomline. This workshop module is designed to address inefficient communication and improve interpersonal skills.

Duration: 4 hours

For more information about this module and how it can be custom-designed to your needs, please email

 
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Creativity

Creativity is a driving force of innovation. The main objective of this workshop module is to stimulate in-team creative thinking and develop problem solving skills.

Duration: 4 hours

For more information about this module and how it can be custom-designed to your needs, please email

 
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Leadership

Creativity is a leadership quality. The main objective of this workshop module is to foster innovative leadership competencies.

Duration: 4 hours

For more information about this module and how it can be custom-designed to your needs, please email

 
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Stress Management

This workshop’s principal objective is to identify and mitigate factors contributing to increasing work stress levels impacting teamwork.

Duration: 4 hours

For more information about this module and how it can be custom-designed to your needs, please email

 

What is arts-based learning?

Arts-based learning can be described as the application of artistic skills, processes and experiences as a means to foster business/organization development and performance.

Does arts-based learning work?

Art teaches business the ability to conceptualize and to push beyond the established norms and boundaries. Art-based activities can provide a new lens for science or business to look through to tackle problems or shift perceptions. Simply talking about pictures rather than data is a new start point for fresh dialogue.
— Donna Sturgess, former Global Head of Innovation, GlaxoSmithKlein. Journal of Business Strategy. Vol. 31, n. 4. Page 11. Article “Arts-based learning at work: economic downturns, innovation upturns, and the eminent practicality of arts in business” by Nick Nissley.

Clients

Beaux Arts & Cie, Airbnb, Point Parole…

About Yury Toroptsov

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Yury Toroptsov is a lens-based artist living and working in Paris, France.

Along with his personal artistic practice he designs and hosts arts-based learning experiences for individual, business and institutional clients which utilise digital photography as a tool for personal or professional development. Delivered at his artist's studio or in clients’ offices, off-site events, etc.

Contact

For more information, please email or get in touch via LinkedIn