SAVI Grid®

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The SAVI® Grid is a visual map of communication used by anyone interested in understanding and improving communication in their personal and professional lives.

How may I use the SAVI Grid?

You may reproduce the SAVI Grid for your own use (not for sale or distribution). Please note:

  • The SAVI Grid may not be altered in any way, and must be used in its entirety, including current copyright and trademark information.
  • The SAVI Grid may not be posted on your website or in any other published materials without written permission from the Trademark representatives.

Below are links to authorized PDF versions of the Grid for you to view, print, or download.

English: Classic SAVI Grid Traffic Light SAVI Grid
Dutch: Classic SAVI Grid Traffic Light SAVI Grid
Finnish: Classic SAVI Grid Traffic Light SAVI Grid
German: Classic SAVI Grid
Italian: Classic SAVI Grid
Norwegian: Classic SAVI Grid Traffic Light SAVI Grid
Romanian: Classic SAVI Grid
Spanish: Classic SAVI Grid
Swedish: Classic SAVI Grid Traffic Light SAVI Grid

Why two versions of the Grid?

The rows of the SAVI Grid are based on information theory as framed by Shannon and Weaver*, and on the principle that communication behavior either approaches or avoids solving the problems inherent in information transfer (derived from Howard and Scott**). The Classic SAVI Grid uses the language of theory to label the rows: Avoidance, Contingent, Approach.

The Traffic Light SAVI Grid uses a traffic-light metaphor of Red Light, Yellow Light and Green Light to convey the idea of information flow.

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*Shannon, C.E., & Weaver, W. (1964). The Mathematical Theory of Communication. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
**Howard, A., & Scott, R. A. (1965). “A Proposed Framework for the Analysis of Stress in the Human Organism”, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 10, 141-160.