It was a year to celebrate! Here’s a few things we’re proud of at Drawing Change:
- We supported dozens of meetings that upheld the values of learning, cross-sector collaboration, and being in good relationships with one another. Thank you for your partnerships – we were invited to facilitate and graphic record in 9 provinces, three territories, 5 states, 4 continents, and Indigenous communities (First Nations and Inuit) this year.
- Our visual facilitation workshop brought together people from Japan, the UK, the USA and Canada to learn and grow visually, with a unique focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. And I had a blast co-teaching with Sophia Liang’s at our advanced graphic facilitation lab in Portland!
- Congrats, City of Surrey on the Gold award for this 10-year Parks, Recreation and Culture plan. Tiaré Jung, Annalee Kornelsen and I worked with the great folks at Think MODUS for engagement including illustration and graphic recording
- Giving back – we expanded the way we partner, mentor, and give back, including a brand new graphic recorder accelerator program
- Anniversaries – congrats to Director of Operations and illustrator Carina Nilsson for the 1-year anniversary with DC
- This Being Black and Muslim event was Tiaré Jung’s favourite event in 2018, where “Participant stories honour vulnerability and created a tangible human storytelling tool for sharing the impact of meaningful conversation beyond the room.”
- Bilingual graphic recording – Annalee Kornelsen is one of Canada’s only French/English bilingual graphic recorders, and she supported Unifor in Halifax this year as well as translating posters for other projects. Merci!
- Michelle Buchholz, as well as graphic recording far and wide, taught graphic recording skills grounded in culture to a community planning workshop in Terrace (near her home town, too!)
- Seeing that the Heiltsuk Nation had submitted one of my graphic recordings to the Museum of Anthropology for an important display
- EuViz 2018 in Denmark brought together visual practitioners in Europe. Loved Kelvy Bird’s session and co-hosting two sessions about giving back to the field with Brandy Agerbeck and addressing unconscious bias with Julie Stuart and Claudia Lopez
- More writing and publishing, including the Drawn Together anthology being published in China soon, the upcoming Visual Practitioners Field Guide, and the DEI developmental evaluation e-book
In 2019, I’m looking forward to more professional development with the Emergent Scribing community, facilitation work with the World Health Organization, and more teaching. I want to celebrate your creativity in whatever form it takes – from napkin sketches to practicing on the office whiteboard, here’s to your ongoing creativity, wherever your meetings may take you.
Our next Graphic Recording & Facilitation workshop is May 11 & 12, 2019! Registration is live on Eventbrite, and spots are filling up. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions – we can’t wait to meet you!