Hi, I’m Sam Bradd.
I’m a graphic facilitator and specialist in information design. I use visuals to help groups be better at what they do. In the last 15 years, I’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, Google, Indigenous organizations and researchers on four continents. I co-edited the new book on Visual Practice to help facilitators and visual thinkers deepen their knowledge. I have a Masters in Education (University of British Columbia).
Before becoming a graphic facilitator, my career was in the non-profit sector. It’s where I honed problem-solving and multi-tasking skills. I’m often asked if I went to art school, but my background is facilitation: I’ve led participatory decision-making trainings, did labour relations, worked for years in an organization run by consensus, and anchored peer support programs. On this journey, 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 groups, too.
Visual thinking pivoted my career into a new direction. I knew visuals could help organizations do their best work, so I pursued a Masters in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia, and launched Drawing Change. I specialize in turning dense information into images: visual strategic planning, graphic recording, infographics, knowledge translation, and engagement.
My clients include researchers on four continents, Fortune 500 companies, strategic communications firms, government, Indigenous organizations, and the public sector. I’ve graphically recorded for CEOs, renowned researchers, Indigenous leaders, government officials, curriculum developers, and visionaries tackling issues that affect us all.
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 Graphic History Collective, because how we tell histories can change the world.
My formal education includes a Masters in Education (UBC), a BA (SFU), facilitation training, and courses in design, human rights monitoring and Indigenous cultural competency. In the community, I’m an active member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners.
I 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.