MOTM 33 | The Art of Making

By August 29, 2022Design, MOTM

The Model of the Month

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Join host Svenja Rüger with Rob Evans & Matt Taylor for a 90-minute live discussion of “The Art of Making” model.

8-10am PST/Los Angeles
10am-12pm CST/Chicago
11am-1pm EST/New York

16:00-18:00 BST/London
17:00-19:00 CET/Paris

(Check your timezone here)


How can we as practitioners become better at what we do in the service of humanity?

HOST: Svenja Rüger
Rob Evans & Matt Taylor

The Art of Making Visual ModelWelcome to our 33rd Model of the Month session. We are delighted that you will be with us for a wonderful experience of knowledge exchange, group work, and conversation. The facilitated session will last for 90 minutes with an additional 30 minutes in which we will still be around for an informal conversation.

This time we will focus on The Art of Making model.

This model graphically displays the importance of craft in the work of creatives of all kinds.

In many ways, we are dematerializing our world. Our creativity has migrated into cyberspace. This gives us tremendous reach and power, but there is a loss. There is a certain kind of creativity that only comes through the interaction of the hand, the eyes, and the material world.

Much of the work of modern knowledge workers is mental, but it is work nonetheless. Humanity needs a new working definition of the term work itself. Pundits often raise the alarm, “What will we do when robots are doing all the work?!”

We will make art.

This renaissance of a craft will be reminiscent of ancient practices, but on a global scale augmented by powerful new technologies.

And as Matt says: “I have always known that real inspiration comes from things made well, when craft and technology combine through human imagination and hard-won skill. It matters when ideas are represented as matter.”

Have a look at the attached description to dive deeper into the model and what you can personally draw from it. Together, let’s explore the wonderful details and what this model enables us to achieve as designers and facilitators

We are very much looking forward to our conversations.

Session Notes and Recording Available Here
NOTE: This online workshop is free to all participants. Members of our TVW Learning Community on Mighty Networks will have access to the recording and resources, including all future and past MOTM series and TVW workshops.

Workshop Presenters

Svenja Ruger


Münich, Germany | Facilitator | Process Designer

Svenja is a facilitator and designer of large-scale collaborative sessions. Her passion lies in building resilient communities and facilitating collaborative processes to solve complex challenges on a systems level. She cares a lot about the challenges the world is currently facing and wants to support connecting the dots in order to create impactful, meaningful solutions. She promotes listening to understand, not listening to speak, and holds the space for what is trying to emerge.

Rob Evans


New York & San Francisco | TVW Member since 2015

Rob Evans is recognized as one of the world’s best-known and most respected facilitators. He has taught thousands of leaders and facilitators in the private, public, and NGO sectors. The Collaboration Code®  is a book series curated by Rob Evans co-founder of Imaginal Labs. Book three in the series, Models: Frameworks for Transformation presents the entire set of models and terms of art in the MG Taylor Modeling Language, including many never-before documented models with illustrations by Kelvy BirdChristopher Fuller, and Kelly Adams.

Matt Taylor


Kansas City, USA | Designer | Inventor| Teacher| Facilitator

For over 60 years, Matt Taylor has focused his career on the application of architectural design methods to solving complex, systemic problems found at the intersection of physical environments, ecologies, organizational practices, and visionary ideas. This work involves business processes, tool-sets, and software programs, and includes their expression and utilization in the design, construction, and use of virtual and physical environments for collaborative work and sustainable creative living. The components of these environments, and the environments themselves, are designed and built in regard to their fit with, and long-term impact on, social-economic-ecological systems. The sum of his work is outlined in a System and Method co-invented with partner Gail Taylor. He is co-founder of the MG Taylor Corporation.

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