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2018 Beyond the Basics: Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Portland, Oregon

Beyond the Basics with Graphic Facilitation

The graphic facilitation and graphic field is booming – are you getting the work you want?

Sophia Liang and Sam Bradd designed this course to teach what they wish someone had taught them when they started out as graphic facilitators.

Experts say, in order to scale or grow your business, practitioners need to do two things:  be better, or be different. We’ll help you explore what expanding and diversifying your offering looks like for you. We’ll also offer models and tools for deepening your practice. And throughout, we’ll share how we got paid to do the work we love.

Beyond the Basics: Graphic Facilitation Workshop for practitioners with 2+ years experience with Sophia Liang and Sam Bradd returns, this time in Portland, Oregon in February 2018.

  • Designed for visual practitioners with a firm grasp on fundamentals, and a desire to stretch your potential. This fast-paced and participatory workshop includes two days of training and an evening opening session.
  • Every workshop is customized to meet participants’ goals. We’ll use storytelling, presentations, hands-on practice, group dialogue, and peer learning environment.
  • Passionate about continuous improvement and learning, Sophia and Sam bring facilitation techniques, a balance of theory and practice, years of business experience, and new visual tools to take your career to the next level.

Details and Registration: Click here

Dates: Sunday, February 11th; Monday, February 12th; and Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Times: (Sun) 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM; (Mon-Tues) 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Opening Session details:  We’re having dinner together on Sunday evening to open the workshop. It will be an opportunity to connect with the instructors, meet other visual practitioners, and share any questions. Then we dive right into training on Monday and Tuesday!

Where: The Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon

Why: To amplify your visual impact and lift your business to the next level!

 


DELIVERY TEAM 

Last time, Sophia Liang and Sam Bradd teamed up to teach in Georgia, USA at the International Forum of Visual Practitioners. Don’t miss this opportunity to lift your visual practice and business to the next level.

Hi! I’m Sophia Liang, the owner of Graphic Footprints a graphic recording and facilitation company in Los Angeles, California.

I’m passionate about people and enabling sustainable communications within teams and inside organizations by utilizing the power of visual communication. I have an extensive background in designing experiential learning events with a focus on creating moments that matter.

I’ve been fortunate to work with amazing clients, including Fortune 500 companies such as Walt Disney Imagineering, Dolby Labs, Google, and Genentech, as well as both not-for-profit organizations and government agencies. I am a part of The Grove Consulting associate network (one of the original graphic facilitation firms, based in San Francisco, California) and have a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Berkley. I have taught multiple graphic recording/facilitation workshops at the International Forum of Visual Practitioners and International Association of Facilitators annual conferences over the past years.

When I’m not traveling for work, I enjoy salsa and west coast swing dancing, and cooking in my home in Los Angeles.

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 traveled the globe collaborating with the World Health Organization, Fortune 500 companies, Google, and Indigenous organizations.

I specialize in turning dense information into images: visual strategic planning, graphic recording, infographics, knowledge translation, and engagement.I’m the editor of two new books: Drawn Together Through Visual Practice (2016) and Graphic History Collective. My formal education includes a Masters in Education (University of British Columbia), a Bachelor of Arts (Simon Fraser University), 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.

 

graphic recording workshopParticipants from the 2017 session!


Receive a 5% discount on the Towards Mastery Workshop when you register for Kelvy Bird and Alfredo Carlo’s “Visual Practice” workshop at the same time. Contact hello@drawingchange.com for details. 

Kelvy Bird and Alfredo Carlo will be teaching a Visual Practice Workshop at the same venue, February 14 – 17, 2018. The “art of scribing” is taught to bridge the ecological, social, and spiritual divides we experience in our world today. Join us the same week in the same venue. We will be coordinating so participants can attend both workshops. If you sign up for The Visual Practice Workshop as well as Towards Mastery, you will receive a 5% discount on Towards Mastery. (PS: Sam and Sophia are attending this workshop!)

The registration fee includes: supplies, course materials, lunch and two snack breaks each day. Breakfasts and dinners would be self-organized. Participants are also responsible for their own transportation and hotel accomodations.

Refund Policy
The amount paid minus a $350 processing fee will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing before January 14, 2018. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after that time, but registrations can be transferred to other participants at no additional cost.

More questions?
For more information, contact Sam at hello@drawingchange.com.

TESTIMONIALS 

 

We can’t wait to meet you!

 

2017 Trends in Graphic Recording: year end wrap up

It’s time for the annual wrap-up from some of my closest graphic facilitation and graphic recording colleagues.

Last year, we shared what we noticed about about human nature or communication (because we’re at hundreds of meetings!). This year, the questions are a little harder. Consider the work of visual practitioners we admire: how do they work? What are they doing differently? What do we notice? Secondly, what’s the one thing the field of visual practice needs to do next – but is avoiding?

Here’s why these questions are important.

When people see a beautiful graphic recording image, they’ll often say to us, “that’s so pretty”. Which is very kind, but at the same time – what if it’s a pretty picture of the wrong conversation?

The visual practice field has matured enough to look beyond the “pretty” in our work. It’s great to congratulate each other on a job well done, but we also need to make more room for the critical, the intangible, and the process behind our work – as a way for our industry to challenge itself and effectively grow. Making space for this conversation will help us meet our challenges head-on. Let’s talk about process and not just the end product.

This year’s questions were inspired by Julie Gieseke and Anthony Weeks, and I’m looking forward to hearing your additions in the comments.

CONSTANTLY ASSESS VALUE

“I admire practitioners who are working on bringing visual tools and methods to industries and fields that we don’t (yet) think of as visual to transform how work gets done.

“I see that the field needs to be less self congratulatory. Not all graphic Recording is helpful or “amazing”! We need to really ask how and where we can really bring value to clients.”  

– Nevada Lane – Lane Change Consulting

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VALUE OF OUR WORK

“I admire practitioners who are delving deeper into their practice, asking hard questions about the value of our work, what it means to partner effectively with our clients, how our work fits into large frameworks of complexity and systems thinking, and how we can truly serve organizational and social transformation. These are the questions that are working me right now, and I gain nourishment from others who are further along the road that I am.”   

– Avril Orloff – http://outsidethelines.ca/

PRACTICE PROFESSIONALISM

“Professionalism is important in our field — professionalism in how we position graphic facilitation / recording, in how we present ourselves at events, and in how we contract / license our work. Another layer to this is encouraging each other to develop expertise in certain industries, types of events, or formats.

“I admire colleagues who are carving out niches and exploring new ways of applying graphics rather than one-size-fits-all. This pushes our industry to innovate and evolve!”

– Tanya Gadsby – Drawing Out Ideas

DE-PRIVILEGE THE PRETTY, EMBRACE THE UGLY

“As the field expands I admire professionals who are strategic about what organizations they reduce rates for, particularly those thinking of what they want to do in their own future work. There should always be a rationale for a rate lower than the local average.

“I see that the field needs to really encourage creative new approaches, dialogic processes, methods, materials and facilitators from new places, so that distinctiveness of each of our works is a priority. We ourselves need to de-privilege the pretty and embrace the ugly so that our clients are more likely to.”

– Aaron Johannes – Imagine a Circle

BE HONEST ABOUT WHAT WE VALUE

“I admire practitioners who put listening, service, synthesis, and clarity at the center of their work. Yes, I love beauty. Yes, I love imagination. Yes, I love technical proficiency in drawing…AND it’s NOT all about the beauty of the picture or image. It’s about the utility and meaning-making of the image. The field, as a whole, needs to get more honest about what we value.”

– Anthony Weeks @weeksonian

ENVISION NEW USES AND SETTINGS FOR GRAPHIC FACILITATION

“I admire practitioners who are delving into new areas that can benefit from graphic facilitation. For example, I’ve seen some interesting work with family mediation, mapping a personal journey, life coaching, and working with at-risk youth. There are so many ways that we can inject some creativity and connectedness within these conversations, and I think the opportunities are endless.”

– Liisa Sorsa – Think Link Graphics

PUT THE TIME INTO RELATIONSHIPS

“I admire the practitioners who have long-term relationships with trusted clients, and want to see the field grow in this direction. Not all visual practitioners are interchangeable – and we shouldn’t pretend we are, even if our handwriting matches. When we reach out for feedback about the images from the group and don’t hear anything – or if they just say things look ‘amazing’ – what we’re missing is trust. Everything changes for the better when it’s a two-way relationship.”

– Sam Bradd, Drawing Change

LEGITIMIZE VISUAL PRACTICE

“I admire practitioners who are working on the legitimization for our profession. We provide a valuable service that clients are still learning to discern. Educating our clients about the value we bring to groups can be challenging and the more white papers, studies, and well-researched and thought out articles help justify why every meeting should include a visual practitioner. Developing the science and “academics” behind it is a step towards true legitimization and I am deeply grateful to those individuals.”

– Sunshine Benbelkacem – That Girl Shines

ENGAGE IN SELF-REFLECTION

“I admire practitioners who engage in self reflection to deepen, stretch and improve their work on all levels. Not just drawing & lettering, but in their listening, in being present, in questioning their assumptions and biases. And in showing up authentically, being open to learning.”

– Emily Shepard – The Graphic Distillery

CONNECT THROUGH A SHARED COLLECTIVE VISION

“In our fast-paced, complex world, it’s no coincidence the field of visual practitioners has grown. Something we’re avoiding is finding our story as a collective visual field. What’s our vision? What values do we share? Should EUVIZ and IFVP join forces? As a Professional Coach, a similar conversation happened that resulted in the creation of the International Coaching Federation. I hope our visual field can find our collective vision too.”

–  Yiely Ho

VALUE LISTENING AS WELL AS ILLUSTRATION

“I admire people who are thought partners for their clients and consider themselves designers that deliver an experience, as opposed to a vendor that delivers a service. I also admire people who are looking at the outer edges of our practice and thinking about what’s next for us as a field, particularly with the rapid advent of tech tools (Jamboard by Google, hand drawn sketch animation software, drag and drop apps, etc.) that will inevitably “replace” some of the work we do.

“I would like to see our field place equal collective value on work that demonstrates deep listening in service to a group and its process as it does on highly illustrative drawing.”

– Giselle Chow – Giselle Chow Consulting

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Let’s continue these conversations into 2018, not just online but also in real life! Two ways we can do this are: meet up with me at the EuViz conference in Denmark this July 31 – August 2, 2018, or consider joining Sophia Liang and I for the Beyond the Basics workshop February 11 – 13, 2018 in Portland.

In the meantime, a happy and healthy holiday time to you and yours!

Graphic Facilitation Workshop Vancouver

Teams, teaching, travel and a new reflection tool – Fall recap

Teams, teaching, travel, and a new reflection tool – it’s been a busy Fall 2017! I’m feeling so inspired by the incredible organizations and people I’ve worked with recently, and wanted to share some of the techniques we used together. There’s a variety of approaches one can use to lead visually: from graphic recording for public engagements, to engaging groups with graphic facilitation, to modelling visual thinking tools, and knowledge translation with illustration. 

TEACHING VISUAL FACILITATION

Drawing Well is online! Drawing Well is a new tool for visual practitioners and facilitators, and we put an excerpt online from our book – Sam Bradd & Jennifer Shepard – Drawn Together Through Visual Practice  – 64 Questions to help reflect and transform how well you draw. Consider it an early holiday gift from us to you.

Drawing Well Mini Book

 

Vancouver, BC – Drawing Change Graphic Facilitation Workshop

Drawing Change held a two-day graphic recording and graphic facilitation workshop, helping people think and draw through complexity. Participants came from across three countries to engage and inspire each other.

Graphic Facilitation Workshop Vancouver

There is a real struggle out there to be able to tap into, and sustain, our personal creativity in our professional lives – if you are able to know how to USE your creativity on a daily basis and know how to access it, consider yourself very lucky. Many people wrestle with how to find it when they need it. It might be 5% inspiration/95% perspiration, but it’s still something I trust I can rely on.

The best part of teaching – learning alongside each other. I personally learned new facilitation metaphors from the participants that were applicable to diverse work and contexts: e.g. a strategic planning template that used Indigenous beadwork designs to structure the page (way to go Jeska Slater). Big thanks to Avril Orloff, Yolanda Liman and Michelle Buchholz for leading sessions, too.

Want to join us next time?

I’m keeping a wait list for the next intro workshop in Spring 2018.

Are you already working visually? A new workshop has just gone up for Visual Practitioners with 2+ experience in February 2018, at the Ace Hotel in Portland Oregon, in collaboration with Sophia Liang.

Geneva Switzerland – World Health Organization (WHO)

I was happy to return to Geneva for this project. Over a few days, we worked deeply on important curriculum involving infectious diseases and epidemics. The thing about public health is that winning means…nothing happens! You can view this curriculum by signing up for the free Open MOOC courses online.

Geneva World Health Organization

 

Visual Facilitation

 

Graphic Recording

Kamloops, B.C. – National Indigenous Fisheries Institute 

We travelled to Kamloops to participate in two days of graphic facilitation with the National Indigenous Fisheries Institute. The images/posters from this meeting are great examples of how you can use a visual language the client already understands, to further illustrate your key points. In this case, the lifecycles of the salmon were a useful way to explain the categories of our discussions:

Graphic Recording

The second image, below, is a poster mapping what services exist, and then the identification of funding opportunities. The conversation was grounded in land – where all wealth (money and not-money) comes from.

Graphic Recording

 

Brussels, Belgium – 4th International Neonatal & Maternal Immunization Symposium

This symposium used graphic recording to distill a large amount of complex, highly specific information, and the large volume of slides meant we needed a super organized graphic recording layout. Lucky for us, cartoons are popular in Brussels, so our scientific drawings were well-received!

Graphic Recording Layout

 

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories & Winnipeg, Manitoba

Anti-racism and reconciliation is the biggest conversation we need to have in Canada. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to keep learning and to be willing to make mistakes, and keep trying; otherwise, nothing is going to change fast enough. We all need to create the conditions where people are willing to ask questions, feel secure enough to ask for help, and keep building relationships. That’s how we’re going to work towards implementing the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation report.

Truth and Reconciliation Report

 

“We’ve been holding our breath for generations – we need results.”

Quotes like this go right to the heart, and I hope the decision-makers are listening.

During a discussion about anti-Indigenous racism and reconciliation, I heard and drew this image above, as a reference to her ancestors giving the woman strength through her hands and  looking forward.

The illustration below comes from our discussions held at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Many museums across the country, and internationally, have made great changes in how they collaborate with, and are inclusive to, originating communities – particularly in regards to access and repatriation of Indigenous artworks and objects from their collections. As places of learning, they can expand the public memory, bring in diverse voices, and incorporate new ways of seeing into discussions that can affect our world.

Illustration Museum of Human Rights

Visual Facilitation

Boston, Massachusetts

This was a team graphic facilitation project, and is one of my favourite types of projects. We were a team of 10 scribes to help debrief small groups, and engage them as their facilitator. Our first task was to help groups identify the key learnings from their program, and then our second task was to create a visual take-away from what they were going to do next as leaders. The graphic facilitation makes sense of rich and complex information.

Visual Facilitation

As a practitioner, it’s fun to work in a big team. Here you can see the same title done six different ways. My submissions are the top right and bottom left.  Often we do this work solo, and reflection is a key part of delivering clear and useful results, like a good editor pointing out what works and what can be taken away. After we finished our work, and went for dinner – three of us came back and did our own little “gallery walk” of what we appreciated of our colleagues’ work!

Team Graphic Facilitation Project
Photo by dpict

Vancouver, B.C. – BC Patient Safety and Quality Council

Here we used journey mapping around substance abuse, as a tool to effectively explore and understand the Indigenous peer and health care provider lived experience around the opioid crisis in B.C. Facilitators led small and large groups through a mapping process, which resulted in the post-it notes below.

This project was all about layering in the information: it went from journey mapping to graphic recording, and as a next step all of this information is going to inform some very polished, digital infographics.

Journey Mapping
Photo by Christina Krause

Ottawa, Ontario – Digital Youth Summit

This design thinking workshop at the Digital Youth Summit, was particularly rewarding as we engaged with an almost-full room of women in tech! Incredible. Young people inventing, designing, and making their own dream jobs.

Design Thinking Workshop

We used templates for the group work, which I”ve written about before – so I’ll share a tip for capturing short, 6 – 8 minute presentations:

  1. Keep moving.
  2. Draw one anchor image + key phrases for what the problem is + end with their unique solution.
  3. Don’t try to explain all the details about the problem they’re trying to solve.
  4. Make sure you leave space for what their big idea is – even if it comes at the end of what the speaker is saying.

Victoria, B.C. – Team Visioning Event

This was a team visioning evening event with Colleen Stephenson, Tanya Gadsby, and Minh Ngo. It was an evening meeting – so it had to be super interactive. This is what we did:

Live Graphic Facilitation

  • After an opening activity that generated wide, broad ideas, we each took a small group for live graphic facilitation.
  • Each group focussed on one topic, so we could go deeper into four topics. Then the fun part –
  • As participants had dinner, the four of us got to work synthesizing and making connections from all the data and drew out a big group summary poster in 2 hours (!), and presented it at the end of the night – total success!

Group Summary Poster

 

I have a few more things to wrap before the end of 2017  … stay tuned for the return of “reflections from the field” from visual facilitation colleagues, too.

Visual Facilitation workshop in Greater Vancouver – report back

visual facilitation workshop and graphic facilitation training with sam bradd - greater Vancouver
Hart House cottage

UPDATE: 2017 workshop registration is here! Click here to find out more.

Last month, I had the pleasure of teaching a Visual Facilitation workshop to a fantastic group of people. They are colleagues who work in different areas of the same company – from training to IT – so we had a fantastic opportunity to make new connections and apply skills to different sections of the business.

Why Visual Facilitation?

More than ever, communicating visually is needed in today’s busy world. Visual facilitation combines listening, change work, and drawing. Together, it’s a set of tools that helps people in groups make connections, communicate clearly, and do their best work together. I know first-hand that visual thinking skills in the workplace can create better meetings, increase engagement, and inform strategic planning.

What I emphasize in this visual facilitation workshop is supporting facilitators (and people who want to facilitate): I design learning opportunities for people to discover knowledge, instead of me delivering it to them. And this way, I’m guaranteed to be learning alongside participants, too.

visual facilitation workshop and graphic facilitation training with sam bradd in Vancouver - neuland kits in the back of the carI don’t emphasize fancy lettering or needing to be a great cartoonist – don’t worry! It’s about creating a foundation of drawing skills, and applying it in a work context. Participants have time for individual work, paired coaching, and teamwork to learn together.
visual facilitation workshop and graphic facilitation training in Vancouver with sam bradd - workshop agendaI’m passionate about teaching. Each new visual facilitation workshop is an opportunity to unlock potential – and I ALWAYS learn from the group, too. That’s the power of the wisdom in the room.

My goals for this 2-day Visual Facilitation workshop:

  • Use a wide range of visual tools: drawing, graphic recording, visual facilitation processes and photos-based tools
  • Identify and design visual tools for their change work – is it tools for better meetings? graphic recording for personal coaching? visual facilitation for strategic planning? visuals for trainings?
  • Have small teams create real-life case studies that they would be able to implement immediately
  • And of course, have fun – because that’s the best way to overcome any “I’m not a good artist” blocks we might have.

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Start a Visual Revolution with Your Union Communication

I taught an interactive workshop at the Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM) called Start a Visual Revolution in Your Union.

Your union’s message is important. Every union communication topic can be improved with visuals. Visuals support outreach, education, better meetings, history, reports, members’ rights, notices, transparent processes… And telling our story of a fairer, just world.

This presentation for the Canadian Association of Labour Media’s 2015 conference is an overview of 16 visual techniques your union can use to engage more members. Here are the resources we used. Free to print and share for non-commercial use to start a conversation in your local.  Contact me at sam@drawingchange.com with your ideas, I’d love to hear what you’re doing. Your union has an important message. Use visuals to be even more effective.

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/SamBradd/start-a-visual-revolution-in-your-union-calm-2015-49564576

 

Bingo handout PDF: CALM Bingo Card black and white

CALM Bingo Card free: visual revolution workshop

best american infographics - prize at CALM 2015
who doesn’t like prizes for a 9am workshop?