About Drawing Change
We’re Drawing Change.
We believe in visual communication for a better world. Drawing Change combines skillful facilitation and visual tools to help groups engage, solve problems, and communicate complex ideas.
We specialize in turning dense information into visuals we can all understand, and facilitating conversations that matter. We’re a one-stop agency for visual facilitation, group facilitation, illustration and research knowledge translation.
We believe in:
- Creativity: There’s not one answer to a problem: creativity helps us work within complexity
- Thinking visually: Visuals help people see what they mean, and increase engagement
- Excellence: Presenting your ideas in compelling ways, and with continual improvement
- Engagement: Interactive learning leads to better results
- Community: We collaborate with people who lead with their values
- Cultural Competency: Not a finish line but a process, we practice cultural humility to address inequities
Drawing Change is proud of our award-winning clients who are making the world a better place, especially within health care, education, member-driven organizations, innovative business, with Indigenous communities, and around the world.
As the founder and principal at Drawing Change, Sam works around the world bringing meetings to life visually.
With a background in non-profit management, art, and 20 years’ facilitation experience, he uses visual tools to help groups engage, solve problems, and lead.
Sam holds a Masters in Education (UBC), training in Indigenous cultural safety, human rights training (YorkU), and is part of the Emergent Scribing community.
He believes in growing the visual facilitation field: Sam is an active member of the professional association IFVP, and launched the Drawing Change mentorship program in 2017. He’s a white settler of Italian and Scottish background, and lives on unceded Musqueam Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories.
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Team Members and Graphic Recorders
Graphic recorder 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.
Snow Dowd is a designer and communications strategist. She has been delivering visual solutions in print and online for over 15 years. She believes that design should be beautiful, functional, and memorable. Snow enjoys all the listening, synthesis, testing, and collaboration required to get there. She is humbled to work with the amazing graphic recorders and facilitators at Drawing Change to bring their work into other contexts. Snow has a BFA from the Image Arts program at Ryerson University, and an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University.
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.