Hi, I’m Sam Bradd.
I’m a graphic facilitator and illustrator, and the principal of Drawing Change. I combine 20 years’ facilitation experience with visual tools to help groups engage, solve problems, and lead. My clients include researchers on four continents, the World Health Organization, Indigenous communities, and groups working for social impact. I have a Masters in Education (UBC), and am the co-editor of two books including Visual Practice (2016). My side project is the award-winning Graphic History Collective, because how we tell histories can change the world.
I’m often asked if I went to art school, but my first career was facilitation: I honed my skills in the non-profit sector for 15 years. That’s where I learned the heart of any organization is the people working for a better world. Looking back, I realize I did something unusual in meetings. I would pull out paper and explain ideas by drawing. Drawing helped me think, and it helped others, too.
I wanted visuals to help more groups do their best work too, so I made a career switch and launched Drawing Change. Now, our team specializes in turning dense information into visuals we can all understand.
Drawing Change is proud of the work our clients do to make the world a better place, whether it’s supporting public health, post-secondary institutions, Indigenous organizations, and innovative private sector businesses.
I believe in giving back and growing the field. I teach workshops in graphic recording and graphic facilitation, and build mentorship of emerging talent into Drawing Change. I’m the editor of two new books: The new Drawn Together Through Visual Practice (2016) is a unique anthology about visual practice and graphic facilitation. My side project is making comics with the award-winning Graphic History Collective, because how we tell histories can change the world. In the community, I’m an active member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners.
We draw big ideas for people that want to engage, solve problems, and lead. Together, we’re drawing change.
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Michelle Buchholz is a proud member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation or the Moricetown Band and was raised in Smithers, BC. She is a member of the Gitumden (wolf) clan and the Cassyex (grizzly bear) house. She holds a Bachelor in Arts with a major in Anthropology from the University of Victoria and an Associates Degree in First Nations Community Studies. Michelle is a traditional and modern artist and works as a graphic recorder with Drawing Change. She is extremely passionate about working with First Nation communities and organizations and has now been doing so for over 11 years.
Carina Nilsson is the Director of Operations at Drawing Change. She is drawn to the ability of visual storytelling to empower, inform, and inspire; and cares deeply about accessibility and inclusion in the arts. Carina has been a senior arts administrator in the non-profit arts sector for over 8 years, and is fortunate to also lead a performing arts company in Vancouver as its Executive Director. Her Master’s Degree in History (SFU) concentrated on Representations of Gender and Power in Ancient & Early Roman Art, and she is certified in Museum Collections’ Management (UVIC). Carina is a practicing artist, and is always looking for opportunities to brush up on her Italian and French.