Visual Instructions for a Big Zoom Breakout – Conference

I’m helping to facilitate no less than 5 awesome sessions before the end of the year – ranging from trans inclusion in sexual health to helping an executive team in education hold meaningful conversations in a challenging time. I’m really looking forward to planning this 100+ person event coming up: we have a unique Zoom … Read more Visual Instructions for a Big Zoom Breakout – Conference

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

15 ways to increase participation in your next online meeting

I was a student in a multi-day online courses recently, and I noticed that I hadn’t said anything out loud in front of the full group by the end of Day 1. So it was much harder for me to speak up by Day 2. Wait, suddenly I was that student who hadn’t spoken up … Read more 15 ways to increase participation in your next online meeting

Advice for Your Younger Facilitator Self

What advice might you give to your younger, facilitator Self? My facilitation community of practice explored this question recently. I invited us to be time travellers, back to a version of our younger selves. Think back to a time when you were an emerging facilitator – could be any place, any age – when you felt … Read more Advice for Your Younger Facilitator Self

Always learning – new facilitation certificate

I recently completed a 6-month #facilitation certification with Diane Musho Hamilton. The Integral Facilitator® Certification is a “professional training program that combines masterful facilitation with leading insights from the fields of developmental psychology and Zen awareness together in an Integral approach”. These are a handful of the facilitation skills I’m working on that stand out … Read more Always learning – new facilitation certificate

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

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

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

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

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