Open Space Technology and Zoom – flexible online spaces

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 of Open Space is the ability to move as you wish between conversations. That’s self-evident when we’re face to face, … Read more Open Space Technology and Zoom – flexible online spaces

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

Visual Knowledge Translation Projects

Today a client asked me, “what’s the best knowledge translation project you’ve ever worked on?” And without a beat, I knew: “the kind where people who are affected by the research, are involved from the beginning.” Here are some recommendations and samples of knowledge translation projects to inspire your next research project. It’s never one … Read more Visual Knowledge Translation Projects

Digital Graphic Recordings – tips for great online meetings

The best part about being part of a wide facilitation network – being surrounded by talented colleagues who offer great trainings! I recently attended more than 20 hours of how to move your meetings effectively online, and I brought my ipad for live digital graphic recording at the same time. We use graphic recording and … Read more Digital Graphic Recordings – tips for great online meetings

Systems Scribing: Resources for Visuals and Systems Thinking

I’m resharing some great resources from Jessica Riehl and legend Kelvy Bird about Systems Scribing. Have you ever been curious about questions such as: How can facilitating complexity and systems thinking serve groups? What contribution to complexity and systems can visual practitioners make? What types of systems diagrams are there? How can we encourage the … Read more Systems Scribing: Resources for Visuals and Systems Thinking

Facilitating resilience alongside SOGICE survivors

Sometimes a facilitation session stays with you for weeks afterwards. Facilitating dialogue with this remarkable group of survivors was profound. 🌈 🦄 This new report about ending sexual orientation and gender identity conversion efforts (…which are still happening!!) is out today: http://cgshe.ca/SOGIECE/  Part of a much larger research process, was a 1-day Dialogue in November. … Read more Facilitating resilience alongside SOGICE survivors

Integral Facilitation – 10 Directions program notebook

This year, I’m enrolled in an Integral Facilitation intensive certification, led by Diane Hamilton and Ten Directions faculty. The first part was a heart-opening, rewarding, intensive week of training in Budapest. Since facilitation questions are also questions about life and being human, here’s part of my personal sketchbook. What has brought me here is two … Read more Integral Facilitation – 10 Directions program notebook

Podcast Workshops Work – The silent power of visual facilitation

I’m a guest on this week’s podcast Workshops Work with Dr Myriam Handes. She has a PhD that helps her understand what it is that gets in our way with group process – and has a toolbox of micro-interventions to help. She hosts an ongoing podcast about facilitation with guests around the world. I was … Read more Podcast Workshops Work – The silent power of visual facilitation

Deep Democracy – facilitation tools for conflict in systems – sketchnotes

When do you lean in to conflict? When do you not lean in to conflict? Lewis Deep Democracy is a methodology for working with conflict in systems. It was a very rich three days taking this training in Manchester this year, and I’ve begun integrating Deep Democracy tools into my process facilitation with groups. Here’s … Read more Deep Democracy – facilitation tools for conflict in systems – sketchnotes

Things that Pretend to be Good Meetings – and what you could do instead

“Could this meeting have been an email?” Sometimes ….yes.  Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. When you need to meet, make it count. Maximize your time together – and bring a sense of usefulness, a higher level purpose, or connection in how you gather. Here are some quick tips to diagnose if this … Read more Things that Pretend to be Good Meetings – and what you could do instead

New book: World of Visual Facilitation and IFVP 2019 highlights

At this year’s IFVP International Forum of Visual Practitioners conference, a new book was launched! The World of Visual Facilitation shares new approaches and stories from 50 visual facilitators all around the world. New Book: World of Visual Facilitation I’m pleased to have two chapters in the new book, the World of Visual Facilitation. It’s … Read more New book: World of Visual Facilitation and IFVP 2019 highlights

October Graphic Facilitation Training Workshop – Vancouver Canada

Do you spend a lot of your time in meetings wondering, “What is this meeting about? Is this the best use of our time?” Actually, it’s not – and Drawing Change can show you a better way. We want you to create meetings with more belonging and connection – using visual facilitation. Our foundational training … Read more October Graphic Facilitation Training Workshop – Vancouver Canada

Co-creating community agreements in meetings

Last month, Drawing Change posted a friendly question on social media: What’s your favourite community agreement, for meetings? The responses were so thoughtful and empowering, they had to be shared widely.  As opposed to “ground rules”, a community agreement is often formed by the group at the beginning of a meeting (there’s a twist on … Read more Co-creating community agreements in meetings

How to Have Better Meetings in 2019

When it started getting dark at 3pm, we knew it was time to reach out to our graphic facilitation community and compile our annual wrap-up post. This time last year, we asked what the field of visual practice needed to do next – but was avoiding. This year, we wanted to know what advice our … Read more How to Have Better Meetings in 2019

Evaluation and Graphic Recording together for social justice

What if evaluation methodologies were about transformational systems change, and deepening social justice? An article in the free, new e-Anthology from the Developmental Evaluation Institute (DEI) features graphic facilitation as a tool for developmental evaluation. Written by Trilby Smith and Natalie Ord from the Vancouver Foundation and the Fostering Change Initiative, Trilby and Natalie shared their … Read more Evaluation and Graphic Recording together for social justice