I’m not the CUPE National Human Rights conference – but our giant Equality Timeline is!
This is a 3m (20 feet) bilingual display that shows only some of the Equality milestones the Canadian Union of Public Employees has made towards human rights, international solidarity, political action, and justice in the past 50 years. (We could have made this timeline loop around the block, honestly.)
Hopefully it inspires you to create your own Timeline at your events.
Sometimes we’re so busy making history we don’t document institutional knowledge in organizations and movements as often as we should. Timelines can help. It’s informative – and also interactive. Participants at the conference are encouraged to use post-its to add important milestones.
Here, I’m sharing the process here, not the image. We created vector illustrations along the top to show the impact of CUPE’s equality history, and then icons to theme key moments. Lots of room for participant feedback at the bottom.
Timelines are a portable and low-tech tool. And I mean low-tech: if you don’t want to illustrate, you can use tape and post-its. Giant paper and markers. Just don’t let a good opportunity to capture history – and the stories of equality – pass you by.
A big thanks to the talented Karianne Blank for layout.