Graphic Facilitation Class – teaching Towards Mastery

Take a graphic facilitation master class this summer! Sophia Liang (Graphic Footprints) and I (Drawing Change) are teaching a Graphic Facilitation class in June for practitioners with 3+ years’ experience. It’s part of the pre-conferences for the 22nd International Forum of Visual Practitioners gathering, this year in Georgia, USA. If you have 3-5 years of experience – … Read more Graphic Facilitation Class – teaching Towards Mastery

Marketing Visual Facilitation – with the IAF

From the March edition of the Global Flipchart with the International Association of Facilitators Sometimes I’ll get a call from a client who says: “I don’t know what you do, but I’m told that I need you.” And it’s true. You might not know that you need graphic facilitation, just like you didn’t know you … Read more Marketing Visual Facilitation – with the IAF

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

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

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

how to edit graphic recording posters

Are you wondering how to edit graphic recording posters into digital files? You’re not alone. This summer, I had the privilege of mentoring some amazing folks new to graphic recording. They were not new to visual thinking, but new to using giant paper and working live. I loved hearing how they are excited to help groups be better … Read more how to edit graphic recording posters

Visuals to communicate new data about First Nations Communities

New First Nations data is now available. Now is the Time is a brand new report with about First Nations communities, thanks to the First Nations Information Governance Centre. FNIGC writes that Now is the Time: Our Data, Our Stories, Our Future,The National Report of the First Nations Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey is “The most … Read more Visuals to communicate new data about First Nations Communities

New Book! Drawn Together Through Visual Practice

Our book is here! Drawn Together Through Visual Practice Embrace visual practice as a defining technology of our time. Imagine your ideas drawn — incorporating energy, colour, space, line, scale, icons, figures, metaphors. This is the territory of visual practice, which makes the fleeting and ephemeral nature of spoken conversation concrete. This anthology connects ideas … Read more New Book! Drawn Together Through Visual Practice

Graphic recording: Cultural safety and Indigenous Youth Wellness

As a graphic facilitator, it’s an honour to partner with the Indigenous Youth Wellness Learning Circle with Elder Gerry Oleman and Asia Youngman from Cuystwi! I always feel that working with Cuystwi is transformational. I thought I’d share a little behind the scenes about this image to help share why. I’m a non-Indigenous graphic recorder who works cross-culturally. People often … Read more Graphic recording: Cultural safety and Indigenous Youth Wellness

Visual thinking in Tanzania about Zoonosis Research

It was a great pleasure to bring graphic recording to a conference about zoonosis research in Tanzania. If, like me, you’re more “social scientist” than “scientist”, zoonoses are diseases that move between humans, wildlife, and livestock. They cause death and disability, disproportionately affect people living in poverty, and importantly – they’re preventable. The conference aimed to “strengthen strategic interdisciplinary … Read more Visual thinking in Tanzania about Zoonosis Research