While graphic recording about healthy schools, I heard Paul Born ask, “How do communities change? By involving the people the issue affects until it feels like their change.” Paul Born is a keynote speaker and community-builder extraordinaire. Pretty great advice for a room full of leaders working on building healthy school communities. I was pleased to join DASH BC again at their Leadership Summit as their graphic recorder about Healthy Schools. It was an amazing day of learning from students, educators, researchers and community-builders.
These two graphic recording images feature the keynote speakers and breakout workshop sessions. I drew these live while the speakers presented – throughout the day, participants could engage with the images as they developed. They were a natural gathering point for conversations, too. Many things stood out for me that day… I learned how collective impact is about a common agenda, using good data, and having mutually reinforcing activities (Paul Born). The high school student facilitators talked about how adults can be allies in youth inquiry and youth-led actions. Check out their three reasons for youth participation on the second graphic below. We can foster the art of designing good questions in inquiry that supports health/educator partnerships (DASH). And the health data workshops told a very rich story, too. This was a dense presentation with many powerpoint slides. Instead of focussing on the numbers, I used the shape of the graphs to show the trends. It’s a good practice for anyone (infographic designers, too). Sometimes, we can resonate with the data by how it makes us feel – then it can lead us to want to learn more.
Congrats DASH on the biggest Leadership Summit yet – and importantly, on all the ways you’re supporting Healthy Schools leaders to make a difference.