Do you spend a lot of your time in meetings wondering, “What is this meeting about? Is this the best use of our time?” That doesn’t sound fun. Drawing Change can show you a better way. We want you to create meetings with more belonging and connection – using visual facilitation and graphic recording. And … Read more Online Graphic Facilitation Training – May 2021 with Drawing Change
A colleague asked me “what do you do when you lose your groove while facilitating / graphic recording?” Losing my creative flow state happens to anyone creative, so what do you like to do? Managing creative flow when I’m thrown off in the moment – is about how I manage my triggers. There will be … Read more How do you get unstuck?
It’s the first year of the Drawing Change Foundation! Every year, we like to give back in a number of ways – paid mentorship, sponsoring artists in the community like a new mural at DEWC, or just going above and beyond for the amazing groups we collaborate with. The Foundation means we can give some … Read more Drawing Change Foundation’s first year
Earlier this year, someone (brilliantly) said to me that when we meet online, we have the opportunity to create good meeting habits, and leave our bad meeting habits behind. Let’s come together for purpose and creativity – Meetings shouldn’t be a collapse across the finish line. So I asked my favourite facilitators and graphic recorders … Read more Meetings in 2021 should have more ….
Recently, I had the pleasure of being on the Creative Pulse podcast. It was a joy to talk with Angela de Burger about being a creative professional and my process. Find the link here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1209869/6743668 We touched on: personal creative style what I do for a process when approaching a new project why graphic recording … Read more Creative Pulse Podcast and Graphic Recording
I’m helping to facilitate no less than 5 awesome sessions before the end of the year – ranging from trans inclusion in sexual health to helping an executive team in education hold meaningful conversations in a challenging time. I’m really looking forward to planning this 100+ person event coming up: we have a unique Zoom … Read more Visual Instructions for a Big Zoom Breakout – Conference
Whenever I now hear the word caribou, I am transported back to graphic recording in a small Arctic gymnasium in Colville Lake. At this Public Listening session, the graphics were verified and submitted as formal evidence in this legal process. It was a first for the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board, and possibly a first elsewhere. … Read more Sahtú Ragóɂa – Hunting Law – Public Listening Session about Caribou
Creative people must be actively anti-racist. Here is a short list of some qualities of white supremacy organizations that we need to dismantle. This is a partial list from a foundational article from 2001: The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture, a Workbook for Social Change Groups by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork. https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/white-supremacy-culture-characteristics.html And … Read more Visual practice and challenging white supremacy culture
Gave a keynote this week to Studio20 BC Campus post secondary educators about visual practice and creativity! It was fantastic to meet so many people using technology, visuals, music and active learning to improve learning environments across the province. I’m passionate about using visuals to help people learn. And for the type of visual work … Read more Keynote for Educators and Using Visuals in the Online Classroom
Two opportunities to learn with folks from Drawing Change coming up, online! Facilitating Safer, Braver and Inclusive Virtual Spaces: Webinar Michelle Buchholz and Adriana Contreras are presenting a webinar keynote for Tech Soup Canada on Oct 29th, 2020: “Have you been attending or organizing more virtual meetings since the pandemic? Are you interested in strategies … Read more Keynotes Coming Up – with Drawing Change team members
I was a student in a multi-day online courses recently, and I noticed that I hadn’t said anything out loud in front of the full group by the end of Day 1. So it was much harder for me to speak up by Day 2. Wait, suddenly I was that student who hadn’t spoken up … Read more 15 ways to increase participation in your next online meeting
We’re grateful for the mention of our team in a couple of articles recently about decolonizing design and health research. Three great resources to share: In Decolonizing Design: Harnessing the Power of Design Responsibly from Tech Soup Canada, I want to boost Animiiki’s Jeff Ward and Dean Dori Tunstall, Ta7talìya Michelle Nahanee and others who I … Read more Decolonizing Design and Visuals – Drawing Change in the news
What advice might you give to your younger, facilitator Self? My facilitation community of practice explored this question recently. I invited us to be time travellers, back to a version of our younger selves. Think back to a time when you were an emerging facilitator – could be any place, any age – when you felt … Read more Advice for Your Younger Facilitator Self
Let’s talk about brain differences on #FASDAwarenessDay! We supported the Asante Centre to create new resources about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, including this new explainer sketch video, drawn entirely by hand. FASD Facts: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an invisible disability There are more than 300+ combinations of how FASD affects the brain Over … Read more FASD Awareness Day and a brand new handmade explainer video
I recently completed a 6-month #facilitation certification with Diane Musho Hamilton. The Integral Facilitator® Certification is a “professional training program that combines masterful facilitation with leading insights from the fields of developmental psychology and Zen awareness together in an Integral approach”. These are a handful of the facilitation skills I’m working on that stand out … Read more Always learning – new facilitation certificate