ICYMI – finding your own path and creative career

Wondering about a creative career and finding your own path? The UBC Department of Educational Studies brought together alumni of the EDST program (which included me as a graphic facilitator!) to talk about how we’ve forged our own way. All co-panelists shared their personal journeys – and our ups and downs of self-employment – and … Read more ICYMI – finding your own path and creative career

Healthcare System Research ME/FM Society of BC – visuals

M.E in BC: How the Healthcare system for M.E Impacts Clinicians and Patients Recently, Drawing Change illustrated the results of this preliminary project examining the unmet needs of British Columbians living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). This patient led community inquiry project was conducted through a partnership between the ME/FM Society of BC, the Complex Chronic … Read more Healthcare System Research ME/FM Society of BC – visuals

Online Graphic Facilitation Training – May 2021 with Drawing Change

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

Drawing Change Foundation’s first year

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

Meetings in 2021 should have more ….

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 ….

Keynote for Educators and Using Visuals in the Online Classroom

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

Keynotes Coming Up – with Drawing Change team members

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

Decolonizing Design and Visuals – Drawing Change in the news

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

FASD Awareness Day and a brand new handmade explainer video

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

Open Space Technology and Zoom – flexible online spaces

September 2020 update: Zoom is going to enable participants to self-select breakout rooms if everyone has the most recent Zoom!  Recently, I ran my first online Open Space Technology using Zoom for 250+ people. Open Space allows the group – of any size- to create the agenda together, quickly. And one of the important features … Read more Open Space Technology and Zoom – flexible online spaces

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

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

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