I was in Prince George, graphic recording sustainability planned for the Canada Winter Games.
“Sport people are passionate”, Ann Duffy said in her intro to the Canada Winter Games 2015 Sustainability Summit. “They’re dreaming of something, and training for something they haven’t done before – like winning a medal.” Our challenge: how do we connect this passion to sustainability? For me, visuals help us connect these dots.
The Canada Winter Games are coming to Prince George. I was excited to bring graphic recording to the Sustainability Summit and visually support their legacy planning. I had my work cut out for me: we joked that the day was like my own mini-marathon. There were no less than 9 speakers before noon, so I had to be on my toes and not miss a thing. I set up my giant paper on a rolling chalkboard, got ready with my (sustainable and refillable!) markers, took a deep breath and started to draw out the themes.
Big-picture thinking is a great place to bring in graphic recording. A large event is an opportunity to plan for long-term sustainability. On the morning poster, I summarized how the Games could enhance active living and health of young people through sport, and on a bigger scale, a chance for legacy planning.
Then while I caught my breath, we listened to Adam Kreek, the inspirational keynote luncheon speaker. Adam, part of the rowing team that won gold at the 2008 summer Olympics, talked about leadership, teamwork, and the environment.
In the afternoon, we heard the report-outs from stakeholder consultations held earlier this year on Environment, Social and Community Development, and Economic Development. Then the Summit broke into group work to identify what existing programs or initiatives are worthy of a boost through the 2015 Games collaboration efforts. On a second poster, I captured the information during a rapid report-back.The visual shows how the pre-workshop themes inform the groups’ brainstorming work about legacy.
The Sustainability Summit brought together key thought leaders and perspectives from municipal and provincial government, First Nations, the private sector and the third sector. After all, it’s these extra-ordinary partnerships that will create legacies.
Now the posters (and smaller versions) are hanging in the hallways of the Host Society. People told me it was inspiring to see in picture form how much has been accomplished, and to see where they’re going together as they create the sustainability plan.
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