Families are Essential Partners in Care

This illustration honours Ariis Knight, who tragically died in hospital without family or a support person to communicate with at her side. It is drawn in collaboration with PLAN.ca and Ariis’ family. Patients with disabilities need the care and advocacy of people who know them – especially in a hospital during COVID19. In the wake … Read more Families are Essential Partners in Care

Creating Joy While Leading in Extraordinary Times

When your webinar is about leaders creating joy – bring joy inside the webinar with art, graphic recording, poetry, and meaningful connection!  Royal Roads University is hosting a leadership webinar series, “Leading in Extraordinary Times”. In this first session, Niels Agger-Gupta and Susan Thackeray explored, “Creating Joy and Community while Leading Through Difficult Times.”  This … Read more Creating Joy While Leading in Extraordinary Times

Visual Knowledge Translation Projects

Today a client asked me, “what’s the best knowledge translation project you’ve ever worked on?” And without a beat, I knew: “the kind where people who are affected by the research, are involved from the beginning.” Here are some recommendations and samples of knowledge translation projects to inspire your next research project. It’s never one … Read more Visual Knowledge Translation Projects

Digital Graphic Recordings – tips for great online meetings

The best part about being part of a wide facilitation network – being surrounded by talented colleagues who offer great trainings! I recently attended more than 20 hours of how to move your meetings effectively online, and I brought my ipad for live digital graphic recording at the same time. We use graphic recording and … Read more Digital Graphic Recordings – tips for great online meetings

9 resources to inspire creativity and connect online

Thank you. Everything you’re doing to keep yourself and others safe during this new reality we’re navigating together is appreciated. I know these uncertain times can be overwhelming, and it varies hour by hour. We are in this together, and I want to stay connected with you while new ways of being together emerge. I … Read more 9 resources to inspire creativity and connect online

How To Stay Connected During Self Isolation – COVID-19

Friends, we’re in this together. The time for physical       d i s t a n c i n g       is now. And, we can stay connected – even if we have to self-isolate. Let’s flatten the curve of COVID-19! Here are some suggestions to stay safe. You’re welcome to reshare, with … Read more How To Stay Connected During Self Isolation – COVID-19

Graphic Recording for Building Indigenous Energy Self-Determination Across Distant & Remote Communities

Today’s blog post is from graphic recorder Tiaré Jung. Thanks for sharing your reflections, Tiaré!   “2019 marked my 3rd year working as a graphic recorder – and I wanted to highlight a project from the past 50+ amazing collaborations across Canada on Indigenous land. Here’s a reflection on how graphic recording visuals can bring so … Read more Graphic Recording for Building Indigenous Energy Self-Determination Across Distant & Remote Communities

Systems Scribing: Resources for Visuals and Systems Thinking

I’m resharing some great resources from Jessica Riehl and legend Kelvy Bird about Systems Scribing. Have you ever been curious about questions such as: How can facilitating complexity and systems thinking serve groups? What contribution to complexity and systems can visual practitioners make? What types of systems diagrams are there? How can we encourage the … Read more Systems Scribing: Resources for Visuals and Systems Thinking

Facilitating resilience alongside SOGICE survivors

Sometimes a facilitation session stays with you for weeks afterwards. Facilitating dialogue with this remarkable group of survivors was profound. 🌈 🦄 This new report about ending sexual orientation and gender identity conversion efforts (…which are still happening!!) is out today: http://cgshe.ca/SOGIECE/  Part of a much larger research process, was a 1-day Dialogue in November. … Read more Facilitating resilience alongside SOGICE survivors

Integral Facilitation – 10 Directions program notebook

This year, I’m enrolled in an Integral Facilitation intensive certification, led by Diane Hamilton and Ten Directions faculty. The first part was a heart-opening, rewarding, intensive week of training in Budapest. Since facilitation questions are also questions about life and being human, here’s part of my personal sketchbook. What has brought me here is two … Read more Integral Facilitation – 10 Directions program notebook

Drawing 30 hours of caribou hearings in the NWT – CBC story

Hello from above the Arctic Circle! I was recently in Colville Lake, NWT for a Public Listening session about caribou: Sahtú Ragóɂa (Harvest Law) and Approaches to Wildlife Harvesting. The event was a formal 3-day hearing about changes to caribou management, and it was featured in two CBC news stories. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/graphic-recording-caribou-hearings-1.5442034   Graphic recording is … Read more Drawing 30 hours of caribou hearings in the NWT – CBC story

SFU’s Centre for Dialogue appoints 18 new Dialogue Associates for 2020

This honour was unexpected – I’m thrilled and grateful to be appointed to the new group of SFU #dialogue associates. The SFU Centre for Dialogue writes, “Our 2020 Dialogue Associates will join a distinguished community of over 60 people who are leading the practice of dialogue and engagement in our region.” It’s a phenomenal group of … Read more SFU’s Centre for Dialogue appoints 18 new Dialogue Associates for 2020

Year in Review – 2019 at Drawing Change

It was a big year for our small team at Drawing Change – here’s our Year in Review! As the decade comes to a close, we have lots to be thankful for. Graphic recorders and facilitators travelled to 4 continents, 5 countries, 5 Canadian provinces and 3 territories, 6 US States, and many Indigenous and … Read more Year in Review – 2019 at Drawing Change

Podcast Workshops Work – The silent power of visual facilitation

I’m a guest on this week’s podcast Workshops Work with Dr Myriam Handes. She has a PhD that helps her understand what it is that gets in our way with group process – and has a toolbox of micro-interventions to help. She hosts an ongoing podcast about facilitation with guests around the world. I was … Read more Podcast Workshops Work – The silent power of visual facilitation

Deep Democracy – facilitation tools for conflict in systems – sketchnotes

When do you lean in to conflict? When do you not lean in to conflict? Lewis Deep Democracy is a methodology for working with conflict in systems. It was a very rich three days taking this training in Manchester this year, and I’ve begun integrating Deep Democracy tools into my process facilitation with groups. Here’s … Read more Deep Democracy – facilitation tools for conflict in systems – sketchnotes