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March visual facilitation highlights – 3 projects on 3 continents

It’s not even over yet, but I can say that March was amazing. My time was shared between group facilitation and graphic facilitation which felt like a great balance. Here’s three dynamic projects this month — on three continents!

Nepal: Facilitation for Oxfam Canada

Recently, I had the privilege of facilitating for Oxfam Canada in Nepal. The Creating Spaces project is a 5-year initiative about ending violence against women and girls, and the meeting brought together over 30 activists and programmers from Oxfam and partners in all six countries. Any other organization could have settled for reading powerpoints to each other for a few days – but not Oxfam!

Together, we built a facilitation plan for 5 days that featured simple shifts for more participation, and was an engaging and meaningful event. It included:

  • Presentations at a strict 10 minutes or less, to enable maximum time for questions; share detailed powerpoints after
  • Graphic recording to help summarize and synthesize key parts of the week
graphic recording during Creating Spaces –  featured in Oxfam Canada’s newsletter
  • Varied Q+A formats: we used post-it notes, pair-and-share before plenary questions, panel format for group questions, and more
oxfam canada – creating spaces leaders, featured in Oxfam Canada’s newsletter

  • Carving out time for relationships, such as a group dinner and outing – in our case, a 7am event for International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a national holiday in Nepal
  • Share leadership and facilitation energy among all the participants and convening team – many people can lead energizers, songs, and host mini-skill shares
Don’t be shy to use movement energizers liberally for a 5-day session. I learned two great new ways to clap/show gratitude for each other – like this!

The event’s purpose was to “review preliminary results of our mid-project learning review, discuss research and …brainstorm campaign and advocacy initiatives and ways to amplify our results over the remaining two years of the project.” Here’s to the continued success of Creating Spaces!

Geneva: Graphic Facilitation for World Health Organization

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After some giant travel hiccups leaving Nepal, I went to Geneva to support the World Health Organization’s event Vaccines2030 Vision, working with facilitator Chris Colaco and for WHO lead Kate O’Brien. The meeting was the Global Vaccines & Immunization Post 2020 Initiative’s Consultation Meeting, in Switzerland.

I’ve loved my long-standing relationship with WHO focussing on emerging and infectious diseases, and as a result I’m pretty passionate about life-saving vaccines and immunization. Here are some cel phone/ twitter snaps of work in progress.

#Vaccines2030Vision had a session on value propositions and key stakeholders. Big themes included new data, linking health to other sectors, and I personally liked this one: advocacy is a two way street. it’s win-win when you can strengthen other’s sectors that mutually benefit yours. 

 

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One interesting thing emerged, that I also hear in other sessions: a tiny list of words of things to include/not include gave me great hope. Equity made it to the top 5, and jargon like “vaccine hesitancy” and “last mile” may be on their way out. Also, the room had a good reminder for work of any kinds: people need to see themselves reflected in any document, and importantly, in the process that builds it. It’s not “build a document then socialize it”, it’s build a process to socialize a document.

Allies in Aging – North Vancouver

And closer to home, Allies in Aging was an extraordinary event in North Vancouver also in March. “Nearly 250 seniors, service providers and community leaders gathered for our Allies in Aging in Action Conference on Feb. 28. The Pinnacle at the Pier ballroom buzzed with conversation and laughter as we connected around our collective work.”

Here’s live graphic recording images from that day, featuring a very moving keynote by Vickie Cammack of Tamarack Institute. You might wonder, why bring visuals into a meeting with scientists, policy makers, or anyone? To help surround you with your ideas. To have a dedicated listener and rapporteur. To invite a type of creativity that can hold emotion and momentum in a different way than flip charts can alone.

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Meanwhile, the team at Drawing Change was travelling with their markers for a wide range of projects. Most of the work was confidential, but we’ll have photos from the team’s public-facing projects soon! Here’s Michelle Buchholz graphic recording  at the CreativeCityStrategy for the City of Vancouver, along with Yolanda Liman and Tiaré Jung:


Ready to add creativity into your next meeting, agenda – or even your toolbox? Our training session is coming up in May. Two-day training, no drawing expertise required, with an optional third day for coaching. Sign up here and create meetings with more connection and belonging.  Email us at hello@drawingchange.com with any questions.

 

Drawing Change updates for 2019

Six weeks into 2019, and lots going on at Drawing Change. Here’s a few exciting highlights and resources:

Graphic Facilitation Training – in the Arctic

face uncovered only to take this photo! 

This Southerner spent two weeks in the far North. I taught a graphic facilitation workshop in the Arctic Circle in beautiful Cambridge Bay, Nunavut where it was minus 58 degrees Celcius. (Someone skied to my 2-day training workshop!) The demand for new, visual ways of working is always growing – my hunch is we’ll soon see a new network of visual practitioners in the far North – building on a rich history of artistic practices – who will transform graphic facilitation skills with a Northern worldview. Being up North changes your perspective. This is a must-read blog post about Qallunaat.

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Keynotes

Thanks to Aurora College for inviting me to Yellowknife to give a keynote about the role of visual practice for adult educators, and to facilitate part of the in-service. It was a chance to share my ideas around using graphic facilitation to bring us closer together – for a sense of meaningful belonging, and to transform learning. It was an honour to share a stage with Drs Angela James and Suzanne Robinson.

Digital painting by Annalee Kornelsen for Drawing Change

Next public speaking engagement is in Vancouver for the Graphic Designers of Canada-BC Chapter AGM on Feb 20th. I’ll be sharing part of how I came to this unusual career, and how creative practitioners can also use graphic facilitation skills – even if you don’t think you can draw (…yet! The secret to our field is that fancy drawing skills are not always required). Thanks to the #Neuland Ambassador network for the fun swag for these workshops – if the talk has boring moments, at least you can ask me questions about fun markers, right? 

 

Graphic Recording for Public Engagement and Strategic Planning

The team was busy – in January, the team supported a dozen events about public engagement and strategic planning. Highlights included UBC’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week where Tiaré Jung was graphic recording at this Decolonizing Consent workshop with Dr. Sarah Hunt and Dr Natalie Clark at the UBC Longhouse:

by Tiare Jung, photo by Sarah Hunt

Yolanda Liman provided graphic recording at a strategic planning session in Las Vegas for a client who’s transforming their industry to be even more ethical – we’re always happy to work for US-based clients who want to make the world a better place. And, Michelle Buchholz teamed up with the amazing folks at Alderhill Consulting to support Indigenous-led strategic planning.

Generative Scribing and Experiments in Systems Thinking

Jessica Rhiel

I went to NYC for an advanced workshop in generative scribing with Kelvy Bird (who I co-edited a book with) and Alfredo Carlo – a chance to experiment and go deeper into my own practice and systems thinking. Here’s a great new resource by Jessica Rhiel about systems thinking.

Generative scribing gives us more choices to listen and connect to what is happening in the room. How I work always depends on the context – some groups will need the visuals to distill complex information into knowledge translation tools, and other groups will benefit from visuals that show a possibility that is being generated and is yet emerging. My purpose is to honour the lifetimes of experiences of participants both in the process, and in the visuals that are created. 

Practitioners shouldn’t be tied to one way of working – because this creative, intellectual and intuitive work is more than “just show up and draw”. I don’t believe that practitioners should be interchangeable, or that we should approach each session identically. From the practitioner perspective, with training, mentors, communities of practice and experience – we can all deepen our work from our wisest source. And when we ask ourselves to work from this place, we can also help the room work from this place, with intention and purpose. 

me on the left, you on the right // systems thinking model

the 300 Rule – a great business tip for emerging graphic recorders

For newer graphic recorders wondering “what to do when nobody notices this great piece of work I just shared?” – I really enjoyed this article about the 300 rule from Alex Mathers. . I’ll be at this year’s IFVP.org 2019 conference on the business panel, so I’m collecting wisdom from people smarter than me in the meantime!

And, Registration is OPEN for this year’s graphic facilitation workshops, too.

 

2019 Visual Facilitation Workshops in Vancouver Canada

I want you to have meetings with more belonging and connection – and visual facilitation is a way to do that. There’s no shortage of information anymore. Even when we have all the data and people in the room, it doesn’t always add up to a great meeting. What’s missing are people who can help groups make sense of information and tools to help people feel heard. This is the moment where graphic recording and graphic facilitation have impact.  Invest in your meeting skills with this two-day foundational course in Graphic Recording and Graphic Facilitation. In 2018, workshop participants came from the UK, Japan, the US and across Canada – join us in 2019! 

REGISTER: May 11 -12th, 2019 with an optional third day 

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REGISTER: October 5-6th, 2019

When we see visual process work in action, our eyes, ears, mind and heart begin to make connections. We listen more deeply. The seeds of action start to take root. When we see our words and thoughts expressed in front of us – live – we are rooted into what is happening in the room. 

Graphic recorders and graphic facilitators use listening and drawing skills to help groups reach a deeper understanding, engage with each other, and solve problems. With this 2-day foundational workshop, you can make meaning and affect change at your next meeting.

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Graphic recording workshop with Fostering Change BC and Amanda Fenton | photo courtesy of Yumi and Vancouver Foundation team, 2017

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Graphic Recording is truly global

In 2016, I saw the power of graphic recording and graphic facilitation around the world first-hand. Visuals help people connect, find belonging, and work on urgent problems. And visuals are now a global approach.

In Tanzania, I worked for three days in a tent with zoonotic disease researchers:

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And it was a good thing I learned a lot about rabies and One Health, because the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) invited me for graphic recording in Bangkok, Thailand for a conference on veterinarian education:

OIE Conference on Veterinarian Education graphic recording sam bradd

The visuals at the conference, with 180 delegates from 90 countries, were a huge hit on social media and online afterwards. Thailand was stunning (and delicious):
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I returned to Geneva to work with the World Health Organization for a second time, this time about Yellow Fever. 

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The urgent discussion was so inspiring, that I gladly donated a custom graphic recording illustration to the Global Health and Diplomacy magazine on a related topic.

global health and security graphic recording global health and diplomacy magazine image sam bradd

And then joined the OIE for the 4th Annual conference on animal welfare in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“After three days of fruitful discussions, the 430 participants of the 4th OIE Global Conference on Animal welfare representing more than 100 countries have endorsed a range of recommendations:”

http://www.oie.int/en/for-the-media/press-releases/2016/4th-oie-global-conference-on-animal-welfare/

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We wanted these graphic recording posters to stand out from the June session, so I created a different icon for each session:

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Not the usual weather for me at Christmas!

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It’s a true privilege to be able to go where I’m needed. I also spent a lot of time this year working closely with Indigenous organizations across Turtle Island. From Tl’etinqox territories to Fort William First Nation, I heard and visualized stories of resilience, wellness, economic development, and reconciliation in the justice system.

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As a white person working with Indigenous communities, working in partnership and capacity building is important to me, and so I’m teaching and mentoring this year.  Read more about my approach to visuals using cultural safety in this 4-part blog series, in our book on Visual Practice.

graphic recording graphic facilitation book drawn together through visual practice sam bradd brandy agerbeck kelvy bird and jennifer shepherd

And speaking of our new book – it’s out in the world now! We’ve shipped it to all sorts of far-flung places, which is exciting, and it’s started many conversations which is even more exciting. With 27 chapters and 25 contributors, it was a great opportunity to gather with colleagues online and in person, advance the graphic facilitation field, and spread visual thinking even further.

This new global collaboration by Gestalten on graphic recording looks fantastic:

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Visuals help people tap into their creativity, too. People email me photos of the first time they drew during a work meeting from halfway around the world, and also share their students’ projects (thank you twitter). I love seeing what inspires you.

Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings for our visual practitioner community!

 

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Graphic recording supports science and traditional knowledge

Pacific Herring Summit Haida Presentation and opening

Graphic recording isn’t just about the images. It’s what you do with them that matters. 

The recent Pacific Herring Summitgraphic recording of indigenous knowledge on Day 1 supported a deeper understanding of the technical information that followed on Days 2 and 3.

These visualizations, started at the beginning of the conference, helped to literally hold space in the room for traditional knowledge throughout the gathering.  

Pacific Herring Summit Cowichan graphic recording

The Oceans Modeling Forum’s Summit brought together technical experts, policy makers, government and First Nations from California to Alaska to talk about the small and mighty Pacific Herring.

But ecosystem stats alone don’t tell the whole story. Its collapse has changed a way of life for people up and down the coast. The Summit was a moment to think differently about scientific knowledge.

The Summit centered human dimensions of the management of herring with traditional indigenous knowledge on Day 1. I was there to capture this part, visually.

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What graphic recording did was to honor this wisdom. It made these teachings visual, and gave these perspectives a permanent – and prominent – place in the room. I created a 4×8 foot poster for each presentation, and hung these posters on the wall. On its own, graphic recording changes the space. The imagery often can bring a purposeful, fresh, or creative energy into the room. Simply put, the 6 images literally surrounded participants throughout the rest of the gathering. These visual stories were the counterpart to the presenters’ words and histories. The visuals are not better than, or more important – they are in service of the content, and became a tangible part of the room.

Pacific Herring Summit Heiltsuk graphic recording

There was powerpoint and data, but traditional indigenous knowledge provided for powerful and unforgettable moments of resilience and recognition.

We heard stories from the grandparents, tales about the land. We heard about when herring was so thick in the water it shone like silver, and the Heiltsuk Herring Song.

Graphic recording honored this wisdom. It made these teachings visual, and gave these perspectives a permanent – and prominent – place in the room.

 

OMF Herring Nuh-Chah-Nulth graphic recording

 

Simply put, the 6 images that were created literally surrounded participants throughout the rest of the gathering.

The visuals are not better than, or more important – they are in service of the content, and became a tangible part of the room. On its own, graphic recording changes the space by bringing purposeful, fresh, and creative energy into the room.

I would say that the graphic recordings became a re-framing tool for Days 2 and 3. I heard participants relate data back to the stories of land, culture and people who are directly affected, and center the human dimensions of herring.

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Now a few months later, and I’ve worked on transforming the group work notes into a final illustration, and the prominence of human and cultural impact on herring in this model is still central.

Interestingly, this conference also changed how I draw oceans in my graphic recording work.

I live in Vancouver, BC on unceded Coast Salish territories, relatively close to the Pacific Ocean, and so I like to draw the familiar wide blue seas and expansive views. A few months after the conference, instead of choosing to draw an empty blue sea, I drew a close up small child collecting herring roe on cedar.

It was a small detail, but I thought of the Herring Song, and ocean acidification, and passing on knowledge to the next generations. The little herring helped me see how it’s all connected.

 

 

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Client

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Project

Groundbreaking mental health report needed a youth perspective. 

Solution

Knowledge translation into visuals: Synthesize key information and draw over 100 bilingual images in French and English. 

Result

A youth-friendly report that is accessible and engaging. Read it here. Shouldn’t every national strategy be this easy to understand? Thanks to 123West for fantastic layout. 

TESTIMONIAL

Your graphics really made this a unique document for the MHCC, and we’re excited to see how it impacts discussions around mental health. Christopher Canning Manager, Knowledge Exchange / Mental Health Commission of Canada

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