Visual practice and challenging white supremacy culture

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

Racial Equity and Justice in Philanthropy Funder’s Summit

Recently, The Circle, LEVEL at Vancouver Foundation & Real Estate Foundation BC teams invited funders for a Racial Equity and Justice in Philanthropy Summit. Graphic recorders from Drawing Change were there to witness and reflect powerful conversations between funders who were connecting, reflecting, and challenging their sector about racial equity and justice. Here are but … Read more Racial Equity and Justice in Philanthropy Funder’s Summit

Visual Policy Analysis: Developing Policies to Address Anti-Indigenous Racism

Join us on *second date added* July 8th, 1pm PST for a WEBINAR facilitated by Michelle Buchholz: “Visual Policy Analysis: Developing Policies to Address Anti-Indigenous Racism”. Had’ih, Michelle Buchholz sozi. I am Wet’suwet’en from the Gitumden clan and the Cassyex house. My maternal grandmother is the late Joyce Alec and my paternal grandmother is the … Read more Visual Policy Analysis: Developing Policies to Address Anti-Indigenous Racism

Meet Drawing Change’s 2019 Community Scholars!

At Drawing Change, we believe in growing the field of graphic recording and visual facilitation with an equity lens. Our Community Scholar program is a commitment to holding spaces for people working in community, grassroots, and social justice movements. This year, we have two sets of workshops (May & October 2019), which means we get … Read more Meet Drawing Change’s 2019 Community Scholars!

They’re back- Community Scholars and Volunteers at our 2019 visual facilitation workshops

Drawing Change believes in growing the field of visual practice, graphic facilitation, and graphic recording – and so our FREE Community Scholar spots and Volunteer Spots are back for our 2019 Visual Facilitation Workshops! *update: as of April 2019, applications for 2019 Community Scholar and volunteer spots are closed – we had a huge number of … Read more They’re back- Community Scholars and Volunteers at our 2019 visual facilitation workshops

Introducing the 2018 Drawing Change Community Scholars

September is officially in full swing – our boxes of fresh Neuland markers have arrived, and we’re busy organizing for our sold out Graphic Facilitation and Recording Workshop this October. Once again, two talented Community Scholars will join the course next month: Adriana Contreras and Aaron Lao. Each Scholar is involved in community activism, amplifying voices … Read more Introducing the 2018 Drawing Change Community Scholars

EuViz Workshops – Bias In The Pen and The Rising Tide with Brandy Agerbeck

Excited to see Copenhagen this summer! I’m co-facilitating two workshops at the EuViz 2018 conference for visual practitioners, and I thought it was a great opportunity to share resources I’m using these days to help me grow, and change. (And help me recover from making mistakes. I make lots of mistakes.) What’s most important is that … Read more EuViz Workshops – Bias In The Pen and The Rising Tide with Brandy Agerbeck

Cultivating Cultural Safety in Education: visualizing histories to support Truth and Reconciliation

I recently had the privilege and pleasure to work with the Nanaimo & Ladysmith School Board during a conversation about Reconciliation. Graphic facilitation can help support open discussion around challenging issues, and organizations can use it as a methodology to affect meaningful change – just like the transformative Kairos Blanket Exercise and four other tools … Read more Cultivating Cultural Safety in Education: visualizing histories to support Truth and Reconciliation

Slideshare: 20 Expert tips for Supporting Diversity in Graphic Recording

As a graphic recorder or facilitator, how do you “Listen for Diversity”? Many of us are working in specialized fields and it’s not one size fits all. Now for the first time, you can read expert advice from over 20 visual practitioners – in an easy to read Slideshare.  It’s about starting a conversation, not about finding … Read more Slideshare: 20 Expert tips for Supporting Diversity in Graphic Recording

How Visual Practitioners Listen for Diversity: tips from the field (long form)

As a graphic recorder or facilitator, how do you “Listen for Diversity”? Many of us are working in specialized fields and it’s not one size fits all. Now for the first time, you can read expert advice from over 20 visual practitioners. This month, I hosted a session called Listening for Diversity at the 2017 International Forum of … Read more How Visual Practitioners Listen for Diversity: tips from the field (long form)

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

Visuals can support cultural competence in healthcare

Visuals can support cultural competence in healthcare. Recently, I worked at the Moving Forward conference, a unique gathering to talk about Indigenous cultural competency frameworks in health care. I came away from this experience profoundly changed, as I always do when work takes me to a deep place. Graphic recording visuals brought a unique dimension to tough conversations about … Read more Visuals can support cultural competence in healthcare