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

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

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

11 ways to use Graphic Recording images afterwards

Ask any graphic facilitator, and they’ve probably been asked these questions: Do you do weddings, Do you have the best job ever, (yup) and what can we do with the images afterwards? Sorry I can’t come to your wedding, but here’s the one, best thing you can do with graphic recording images after your session: … Read more 11 ways to use Graphic Recording images afterwards

Interview: sharing my favorite resources with Michelle Walker

Recently, Michelle Walker, a creativity coach and visual practitioner in Australia, interviewed me as part of her Spotlight Series. Michelle has a thriving visual practice, and I also learned that she is a fantastic interviewer – we could have talked for hours! In this audio interview, I share my thoughts on my practice, what feeds my creativity, and … Read more Interview: sharing my favorite resources with Michelle Walker

3 ways to listen with confidence as a graphic recorder

If you’ve seen a graphic recorder in action, you might be curious how we listen and draw at the same time. And it’s a good question, because listening is more important than drawing in this job. At a recent event, I found myself listening with confidence in a new way — so I thought I’d … Read more 3 ways to listen with confidence as a graphic recorder

A free Creative Planning visual template for you

I made this Creativity Planner for my Creative Mornings Vancouver talk and want to share it with you. This free, visual template can help you with creative goal setting. Because let me guess — you’re fantastic at brainstorming for your clients, friends, and others. But when it’s time for you to focus on your goals, you find … Read more A free Creative Planning visual template for you

Trending- better conference design and visual facilitation

I want you to have better meetings. I’ve noticed a trend for better engagement at conferences, and want this idea to spread. Instead of back-to-back powerpoint presentations where people have to sit and listen for hours, it’s popular to have is a 15 – 30 minute TED-talk presentation followed by pairs or small groups talking about a focussed question. It creates a high … Read more Trending- better conference design and visual facilitation

Sketchnotes – asking good questions after a Visual Thinking conference

I’m home from the annual International Forum of Visual Practitioners conference, this year in Austin Texas. Part IFVP family reunion, part professional development and definitely part fun. I saw a beautiful theme of ethics weaving through the conference. To me, ethics isn’t about “one way to do things”, or making rules. It’s about reflecting on … Read more Sketchnotes – asking good questions after a Visual Thinking conference

Vision Map for Stó:lō Nation Wellness

  In your reception area, can people see your Vision? This 8-foot Vision Map greets visitors to the Stó:lō Wellness Centre. I loved the process of making this map because it was about consultation from beginning to end. Vision Maps give us a visual overview of a strategic plan, project, or high-level picture. But what’s as important as the drawings: … Read more Vision Map for Stó:lō Nation Wellness

Judging the 2015 CALM awards: Canadian Association of Labour Media

I’m in Victoria, BC to judge the 2015 Canadian Association of Labour Media awards once again. I evaluated the visual categories including best poster, best infographic/illustration and best overall print excellence. Congratulations to everyone – there were so many excellent submissions that we had a tie and numerous honorable mentions. The poster category blew me away. Have you … Read more Judging the 2015 CALM awards: Canadian Association of Labour Media

Healthy Schools Symposium and graphic recording

Recently, I was graphic recording at the annual Healthy Schools Leadership Symposium, the signature event hosted by DASH BC and Healthy Schools BC. This conference is a chance to really connect the education and health sectors, because healthy students are better learners, and better learners are healthier. What does that mean? If a child knows just two … Read more Healthy Schools Symposium and graphic recording