In Social Presencing Theater, the word theater is used in connection to its root meaning – a place where something significant becomes visible, or where a community of people can see a shared experience. 4D mapping makes visible the current reality in a social system, such as a school system, health care system, or government.
You can use 4D mapping with groups who are looking to gain new insights about their own system, and with clients who have a case they want to explore using this method.
Principles of 4D mapping:
- 4D mapping explores how the highest aspiration in a system might come forward. We assume there is an underlying wisdom – in spite of the diverse values or goals of stakeholders in a system – that could come to the surface and be visible as we move from Sculpture 1 to 2.
- Participants apply mindfulness of the body and awareness of the surrounding space. 4D mapping is not about acting out preconceived ideas or concepts we have about a system.
- 4D mapping is about surfacing and noticing what shifts in a system might be significant in going from a current reality to an emerging future reality.
- Movement is based on what is actually emerging, not based on manipulation or what we think something should be.
This tool provides a video which explains how to set up and facilitate the 4D mapping exercise, as well as written instructions.