Body mapping sessions
Hesperian Foundation, California, December
Photos: Maggie Robbins
The Hesperian Foundation, a Californian
not-for-profit publisher, undertook body mapping sessions
to assess occupational health problems in the workplace.
The workforce is mostly female and does
research, writing, global networking with collaborators,
and editing, design, administration, book orders and shipping.
The body outlines were done by a volunteer
from the groups, each group composed of five to seven workers.
Each worker used a different color marking pen. "I like
doing it this way - keeps it more real than the perfectly
symmetric outlines and perfect round dots most folks use,"
said session organiser Maggie Robbins. "The emotion shown
via the colors, density, arrows, amount of extras (like
the arrows, smile, big eyes, etc) make them expressive in
a way the perfect outline and dots can never do."
She added: "The great thing about the workshops
was we've actually fixed many of the problems we found."