Guest post: Tiare Jung for Drawing Change

Today, I’m thrilled to bring you a guest post by emerging graphic recorder Tiaré Jung. Tiaré has been working on fantastic projects with Drawing Change this year. Enjoy these insights into graphic recording as a tool for change! – Sam In 2016, I was thrilled to begin working with Drawing Change as a graphic recorder, … Read more Guest post: Tiare Jung for Drawing Change

2016 Wrap-Up: Graphic Recorders Reflect on Human Nature and Communication

I was recently asked a great question by !Kona: “When you think of all the conversations where you are present as a graphic recording witness, do you have any current large scale thoughts about human nature, communication, or wants and desires?” As graphic recorders and graphic facilitators, we’re privileged to work in fascinating sessions, but it’s often behind … Read more 2016 Wrap-Up: Graphic Recorders Reflect on Human Nature and Communication

Graphic Recording is truly global

In 2016, I saw the power of graphic recording and graphic facilitation around the world first-hand. Visuals help people connect, find belonging, and work on urgent problems. And visuals are now a global approach. In Tanzania, I worked for three days in a tent with zoonotic disease researchers: And it was a good thing I learned … Read more Graphic Recording is truly global

DisruptED supports STEM education

If you’re interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in education – there was something at the DisruptED conference for you. Organizers called DisruptED, “a mashing together of technology and education that shed new light on a vibrant, exciting emerging industry.” Here’s the full program of speakers, and you can download all the images from DisruptED. … Read more DisruptED supports STEM education

Trans Care BC – Strategic Infographic & The Remedy

Here are some positive visuals to support gender-affirming health care. The first is a new visual strategic plan for Trans Care BC. These three small drawings tell a bigger story, and are the foundation to the infographic (designed by Karianne Blank). Established in 2015 as a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, Trans Care … Read more Trans Care BC – Strategic Infographic & The Remedy

We Belong International Forum – with Michelle Buchholz

Today, I’m thrilled to bring you a guest post by emerging graphic recorder Michelle Buchholz (Wet’suwet’en). Michelle and I worked together at the recent event, We Belong International Forum on Life Promotion to Address Indigenous Suicide, held in Vancouver. She totally rocked it! Enjoy! – Sam — I was honoured to work at the We Belong … Read more We Belong International Forum – with Michelle Buchholz

Visual templates improve group work

This year, I noticed that visual templates help group work, and solve three key problems. Time pressure: We have to maximize the time together, because sometimes the hardest part is to get the right people in the room. Keeping people engaged: Good conversation is all about the question. And sharing insights: a comprehensive stand-up-and-report out format gets … Read more Visual templates improve group work

Graphic recording, flipbook, and video for VYPER

It was a great honour to team up with Valley Youth Partnership for Engagement and Respect (VYPER) – a critically needed youth-adult collaborative project that ran from 2014 to 2016, across the Fraser Health region of BC. Their mission was to create a community where all youth are healthy, sage, engaged, have meaningful opportunities, and … Read more Graphic recording, flipbook, and video for VYPER

Book launch for Drawn Together Through Visual Practice: Vancouver

Live graphic recording created in tandem by Avril Orloff and Corrina Keeling On October 29th we celebrated the release of our new book, Drawn Together through Visual Practice! We had a great turnout for the book launch event, which took place at Gallery Gachet in Vancouver, bringing together local facilitators, visual practitioners, friends, curious creatives, and even … Read more Book launch for Drawn Together Through Visual Practice: Vancouver

Better Graphic Facilitation with Cultural Safety: Using our Hands

Final post in this series on how to become a better graphic facilitator through engaging with Cultural Safety and Humility.  Cultural Safety is an emerging core competency for visual practitioners working with Indigenous organizations and community groups. This series concludes with a summary of these suggested core competencies, and ideas for implementing at an organizational level.  … Read more Better Graphic Facilitation with Cultural Safety: Using our Hands

Cultural Safety and Graphic Facilitation: Using our Hearts

Third in a series about cultural safety and graphic facilitation. Here, I look at how graphic facilitators can use our hearts, in order to better understand how emotion and empathy can be utilized in graphic recording sessions. I’ll offer concrete strategies to help us build stronger connections and relationships. THE HEART: EMPATHY IN Graphic facilitation Be aware … Read more Cultural Safety and Graphic Facilitation: Using our Hearts

Cultural Safety and Graphic Facilitation Part Two: Using our Heads

In the introduction post, I explored the meaning and importance of Cultural Safety and Humility in my work with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, and how this has shaped my practice as a non-Indigenous graphic facilitator.  THE JOURNEY OF CULTURAL SAFETY AND CULTURAL HUMILITY STARTS WITH SELF REFLECTION Graphic facilitators can use our whole selves in … Read more Cultural Safety and Graphic Facilitation Part Two: Using our Heads

Using Cultural Safety and Humility to Become a Better Graphic Facilitator

I’m a graphic facilitator, and I want to plant a seed for other non-Indigenous practitioners who work with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. The seed is Cultural Safety. Cultural Safety means that I work in a particular kind of way—with Cultural Humility—when I work with Indigenous people and others who are different from me. … Read more Using Cultural Safety and Humility to Become a Better Graphic Facilitator

What we see in graphic facilitation is a reflection of our sector, too

I keep a list of what participants say to me about the visuals after a graphic facilitation session. My big take-away – as someone who visits many sectors – is that we are all looking for ways to understand each other. Every sector has a unique take on why graphic facilitation – or visual thinking – helps them. It’s … Read more What we see in graphic facilitation is a reflection of our sector, too

Neuland ambassador- graphic recording markers

When I choose my graphic recording markers*, I use three guiding ideas: clarity, readability, and expressiveness. I can’t imagine doing this job without Neuland markers, and I’m pleased to be an ambassador. When the boxes come it’s as good as Christmas for me! *do other countries say pens? Here in Canada, we tend to say markers. Video: Neuland … Read more Neuland ambassador- graphic recording markers