Graphic recording at refugee community consultation

Graphic recording supported a new community-based research project in Surrey BC about refugee settlement and integration needs, called Our Community, Our Voice. The project is part of the City of Surrey’s Local Immigration Partnership initiative and is and funded by Citizenship & Immigration Canada. It was an eye- (and heart-) opening day. I heard more refugees settle in Surrey than … Read more Graphic recording at refugee community consultation

Illustrated Mental Health Strategy- knowledge translation

The Mental Health Commission of Canada asked me to illustrate their new report, “A Mental Health Strategy for Canada: a youth perspective.” National strategies research what’s not working, what’s needed, and sets out strategies for what’s next. Everyone should be able to understand a national strategy, and making it visual is one way to do it. Two … Read more Illustrated Mental Health Strategy- knowledge translation

Visual Facilitation and a Climate Justice Conversation

Graphic recording captured a powerful conversation about climate justice recently. A power of illustration is you can draw the future. It taps into hope, especially about climate justice. So if you have a sensitive facilitation process to lead, here are some visual facilitation elements that worked in this room. The Climate Justice Project at the Canadian Centre for Policy … Read more Visual Facilitation and a Climate Justice Conversation

Graphic recording is your speechwriting secret weapon

Recently, I was graphic recording at a leadership conference for a large private sector company. Fantastic event, and maybe because this company had never experienced graphic recording before, I saw an unexpected benefit of graphic recording. It is your secret speechwriting weapon. I hadn’t seen this before, so I thought I’d share. By the end of day 1, I … Read more Graphic recording is your speechwriting secret weapon

Feature interview about visual thinking on Wacom blog

One of the top questions I get asked about graphic recording is “how did you get into this?” The team at Wacom was curious, too. They wanted to know more about my passion for helping groups solve problems with drawing. It’s so awesome to be interviewed by the people who make my favourite tablet! Hop … Read more Feature interview about visual thinking on Wacom blog

A visual facilitation tool – try a paired photo walk

The visual facilitation challenge: a 5 day planning session, 25 elected leaders, a room with no windows. The task: engage meaningfully about the organization’s 5 strategic areas, and use visuals. It was the exact opportunity to design a new visual tool: a paired photo walk for strategic planning. Here’s why. I’m passionate about better meetings. Whatever the type of meeting, there’s probably … Read more A visual facilitation tool – try a paired photo walk

How Graphic facilitation is Agile – Vancity

During graphic facilitation, I’m often asked, “but how do you leave enough space?” People say to me that it’s “magic” watching the page fill up when everything fits just right. I can tell you that the balance of white space isn’t quite magic, although it can feel that way: there’s a plan behind what’s happening. It reminded … Read more How Graphic facilitation is Agile – Vancity

Visual Facilitation with Templates

Busy people in leadership positions need meetings that work. Visual templates help groups get focussed, fast. This week, Kevin Millsip (from Next Up) and I co-facilitated a 2.5 day meeting for the BC Federation of Labour. Kevin and I used Visual Facilitation with templates to structure the strategic planning.  At the end of the session, someone said … Read more Visual Facilitation with Templates

Visioning and Graphic Recording with Elsie Roy Elementary School

The community at Elsie Roy Elementary school is on a journey together. And part of charting that course is being able to share it with others. So, let’s use graphic facilitation to make their vision visible! This was drawn live during the session. Working with the leadership of Principal Jenny Chin and BFO Consulting, we facilitated a … Read more Visioning and Graphic Recording with Elsie Roy Elementary School

Graphic Recording at Vulnerable Immigrant Populations Training Day

In my most recent public project, I used graphic recording to transform a full day of workshops about vicarious trauma, moral distress, family attachment and mental health into visuals that participants can return to again and again. Graphic recording works because it makes dense information clearer. People see connections, gain clarity into dense information, and can review … Read more Graphic Recording at Vulnerable Immigrant Populations Training Day

Working for Google – the power of networks

In 2008 when I launched my illustration business, if you had told me that in 2014 I would illustrate for Google, I would said that Google already has a full time doodler, thank you very much. But today – as a full-time, self-employed creative, I know that kind of short-sighted, fearful thinking doesn’t serve creativity. Creativity needs abundance, and abundance … Read more Working for Google – the power of networks

How to use facilitation photo cards

I planned a short visioning session for a university department and used facilitation photo cards and graphic facilitation recently. Before the meeting they said we could have fun, but not too much fun. I was told ‘”if we’re doing trust falls on this retreat, expect a lot of concussions.” (Right there with you.) But I wanted the group to … Read more How to use facilitation photo cards

Journey Mapping for Organizations

You live and breathe your organization’s mission – but how do you help your customers, clients, or members connect with it? Sometimes, we live and breathe our values but they’re the hardest to put into words. It’s a challenge whether you’re an solo entrepreneur or managing a large workforce. For me, that’s where a Journey Map comes … Read more Journey Mapping for Organizations

Talking with Wacom about iPad styli and sketchnotes

Super excited to join Wacom this Wednesday on G+ to talk about styli and iPad sketchnotes. Styli are the digital pens you use on a tablet for drawing and note-taking. With a stylus and iPad, writing + drawing is portable and sharable in new ways. This could be sketchnoting, graphic note-taking, handwriting notes, and different types of visual thinking … Read more Talking with Wacom about iPad styli and sketchnotes