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  • Comics as Contracts MINDFUL CONTRACTS

    2016/04/05 1

  • Comic Contracts

    o Characters represent the parties o Interaction and dialogue represent the terms o Parties sign the comic as their Contract

    2016/04/05 2

  • OUTLINE o Founding Influences o Comic Contracts o Further Research o Mindful Contracts?

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  • FOUNDING INFLUENCES o Mindfulness o Systems Thinking o Concerns o Visualisation - Haapio et al.

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  • o Mindfulness • Two schools – Eastern & Western • Applications in Law • Mindful Contracts?

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  • o Systems Thinking • Systems Thinking • The 5th Discipline

    • Personal Mastery • Mental Models • Building Shared Vision • Team learning

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  • o Concerns • Vulnerable employees • The Role of Contracts

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  • 2016/04/05 8

    “The employment relationship within the contract model operates as a framework for both the protection of workers and the guaranteeing of the exercise of fundamental rights at work.”

    "The ILO promotes the adoption and enforcement of model employment contracts in sectors in which low- and middle-skilled migrants are particularly vulnerable to exploitative working conditions."

    International Labour Conference, 92nd Session, 2004, Report VI, Towards a fair deal for migrant workers in the global economy

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    •774 million adults lacked basic literacy skills

    •493 million of the global illiterate population were women.

    •The test: “The child is reading a book”

    “The rains came late this year”

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) ADULT AND YOUTH LITERACY National, regional and global trends, 1985- 2015

  • o Concerns • Vulnerable employees • The Role of Contracts

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  • o Visualisation – Haapio et al • In relation to Systems Thinking • Text remains dominant • Why can’t pictures be dominant?

    • Characters represent the parties

    • Interaction and dialogue represent the terms

    • Parties sign the comic as their Contract

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  • o Example: Domestic Worker Contract

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  • o Example: Fruit Picker Contract

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  • o SWOT – Comic Contracts Strengths Weaknesses

    Easy to Understand Little precedent

    Conveys feeling Cooperation

    Mindful Contracts

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    Opportunities Threats

    Contract Illiterate people Institutional Resistance

    More meaningful IP Cultural sensitivity

    Scale

    POSITIVES CHALLENGES

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  • o SWOT – Comic Contracts Strengths Weaknesses

    Easy to Understand Little precedent

    Conveys feeling Cooperation

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    Opportunities Threats

    Contract Illiterate & Dyslexic people Institutional Resistance

    More meaningful IP Cultural sensitivity

    Scale

    POSITIVES CHALLENGES

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    “… difficulties with reading can be accommodated in domestic, learning and work setting. This can include: Providing pictorial material such as graphics, drawings and cartoons”

    “… The Dyslexic Adult: Interventions and Outcomes - An Evidence-based Approach By David McLoughlin, Carol Leather

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    “I’m dyslexic…..If you know someone who is a struggling reader, give them a comic. You might change their life.”

    http://panels.net/2014/10/24/dyslexia-and-comics/

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    “Dyslexia - 700 million children and adults worldwide at risk of life-long illiteracy and social exclusion” Dyslexia International Report - Version Date: April 17, 2014 The Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University.

  • o SWOT – Comic Contracts Strengths Weaknesses

    Easy to Understand Little precedent

    Conveys feeling Cooperation

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    Opportunities Threats

    Contract Illiterate & Dyslexic people Institutional Resistance

    More meaningful IP Cultural sensitivity

    Work for Graphic Artists

    Themed / Licensed contracts

    Scaling

    POSITIVES CHALLENGES

  • Further research o Design improvements – Best practice

    o Empirical Research

    • Readability, Comprehension, Memorability?

    • Performance / Positive Organisational Change (POS)?

    o Animations & voice overs

    o Purely “Audible” agreements

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  • Mindful Contracts? o Engaging with the process - more awareness

    o More transparent

    o More equitable contracts

    o Better relationships - less conflict

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  • Basic Copyright Notice & Disclaimer

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