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They’re back- Community Scholars and Volunteers at our 2019 visual facilitation workshops

Drawing Change believes in growing the field of visual practice, graphic facilitation, and graphic recording – and so our FREE Community Scholar spots and Volunteer Spots are back for our 2019 Visual Facilitation Workshops!

Community Scholar Spots for 2019 (3)

We have spaces open to support people working in community, grassroots, and social justice movements. So many professional development are expensive, and assume that participants are being sponsored by well-funded organizations. Instead, Drawing Change wants to spread the skills widely and with an equity lens. Priority will be given to self-identified Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour under 30(ish). To apply, email hello@drawingchange.com and tell us why you’re interested, a brief note about your facilitation experience, examples of your drawing skills, what organization/movement you’re a part of, and what your plans are to share these skills afterwards.

Cost: $200 as a deposit (versus $1500 regular rate)  + GST

Workshop info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/graphic-recording-and-facilitation-training-in-vancouver-canada-registration-53353096548

How it works:

  • Choose either the May 11-12th 2019  or October 5-6th 2019 workshop. There is 1 Scholar for the May workshop and 2 for October.
  • Deadlines are below. 
  • We will collect names and then select people so it’s not first-come-first-served. Community Scholars will receive a full supply kit, all supplies that regular participants receive including hot lunch, and there’s no volunteering expectations.
  • You pay $200 to hold your spot (talk to us if this is a barrier)
  • Optional 1:1 coaching support: Instead of taking the workshop then jumping in, Sam can provide support and small suggested projects/assignments before the workshop. This would be 2-3 hours of optional time.
  • I’ll offer you at least $200 in paid work after the session to continue your practice.

Additional Info for Community Scholars:

  • No expectations to arrive early
  • Get a full kit of supplies
  • Participate as a full member of the course
  • No expectation to be “working” /supporting others during the course in a way that distracts from your own learning

Volunteer spots (4)

How it works:

  • We will pick volunteers one month before the workshop so it’s not first-come-first-served
  • Deadlines are below
  • Email hello@drawingchange.com to tell us why you’re interested in visual facilitation, what useful skills for supporting meetings/workshops you can offer, and what your plans might be to share these skills afterwards

Cost: $0

Additional Info for Volunteers:

  • Arrive very early for setup and takedown (7am to 6pm)
  • The priority is that you’re working during the event to make the workshop a success for participants – you will have time to do most of the activities, but not all
  • Tasks will include: helping participants, room setup, cutting paper, meeting the caterer, registration desk, social media, moving furniture, running the audio/visual, and in return get the workshop for free
  • Basic drawing supplies will be provided
  • Free food both days
  • All volunteer responsibilities happen during the workshop from 7am to 6pm
  • The volunteer team is responsible for documenting the workshop: social media, photos, and a collaborative graphic recording
  • Some people will do kneeling/lifting, but work can be adapted.

Application Deadlines:

May 11-12th workshop: email hello@drawingchange.com by April 1st to be a community scholar (1 space) OR volunteer (4 spaces). We will inform people by April 15th. 

October 5-6th workshop: email hello@drawingchange.com by September 1st to be a community scholar (2 spaces) OR volunteer (4 spaces). We will let you know by September 15th.

Anything Else?

  • Travel and accommodation to the workshop (Vancouver, Canada) not included
  • If you’re thinking about registering for the full workshop, great – payment plans available upon request, just send us a note at carina@drawingchange.com.
  • Looking for tips to ask your employer to give you professional development funding? We wrote a letter to help.

Last year’s visual facilitation workshop sold out, and participants came from the UK, Japan, the US and across Canada! Folks applied their new skills in the fields of mental wellness, community organizing, municipal engagement, health care, organizational change and so much more. We will also have teaching led by Indigenous team members at Drawing Change. Can’t wait to see what this year brings.

May Graphic Facilitation Workshop info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/graphic-recording-and-facilitation-training-in-vancouver-canada-registration-53353096548

EuViz Workshops – Bias In The Pen and The Rising Tide with Brandy Agerbeck

Excited to see Copenhagen this summer! I’m co-facilitating two workshops at the EuViz 2018 conference for visual practitioners, and I thought it was a great opportunity to share resources I’m using these days to help me grow, and change. (And help me recover from making mistakes. I make lots of mistakes.) What’s most important is that it’s not just about what you draw. Our work is informed before we pick up the pen. 

They’re connected for me personally, as I want to promote equity and inclusion through my visual work, in my relationships, and to help raise the bar as our visual profession.

In both workshops, we’ll be working at the three levels of personal, practitioner, and the field.

It starts with me

 

Here’s a totally subjective list from what I’m reading these days, centered around decolonization/re-Indigenization, anti-racism and anti-Indigenous racism. I tweet out resources every week at @sambradd, too. We’ll share more of our workshop/learning tools after the session, too.

The White Allies’ Guide to Collecting Aunt Linda

You can’t just draw purple people and call it diversity

Workshop Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege

Sum of Us’ Progressive Style Guide

Decolonization Reading List (for Turtle Island)

Allyship, Advocacy, and the Legitimate Role of Non-Indigenous Folks

CBC: 18 books by Indigenous women you should read (Turtle Island)

Cultural Appreciation or Cultural Appropriation by Unsettling America

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IndigenousXca 

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Drawn Together Through Visual Practice graphic recording book launch Vancouver

Book launch for Drawn Together Through Visual Practice: Vancouver

Drawn Together Through Visual Practice graphic recording book launch Vancouver

Live graphic recording created in tandem by Avril Orloff and Corrina Keeling

On October 29th we celebrated the release of our new book, Drawn Together through Visual Practice! We had a great turnout for the book launch event, which took place at Gallery Gachet in Vancouver, bringing together local facilitators, visual practitioners, friends, curious creatives, and even our moms.

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Local authors gave short presentations on their work, and facilitators in attendance shared some practices, including a live graphic recording, and fielded questions from the audience.

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The event was hosted by Stina Brown, MC extraordinaire. Stina’s book chapter explores how to connect the self to the planet using facilitation. In these times of great uncertainty, finding ways to lead groups into taking action is empowering. Stina also shared an activity with the audience, which is often used by graphic facilitators: a spectrogram that can be easily set up to ask a group questions.

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Local author and graphic facilitator Aftab Erfan gave a short presentation on her chapter about Deep Democracy, which uses visuals to help explain what’s under the surface. Aftab works with groups to help unearth what is in the unconscious in the room, and the audience definitely learned more about itself that day!

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We were also treated to a presentation by author Aaron Johannes-Rosenberg on his chapter about PATH: a visual process to help people with disabilities dream of a full life and a plan to make it happen.

 

 

I spoke about my chapter about using cultural safety and cultural humility. Originally, it was my Master’s project – but after writing about anti-racism and graphic recording, I realized it came down to this basic question. are we drawing whiteness? And my answer was yes. So now you don’t have to read the thesis. I decided to answer a more interesting question instead: How can visual practitioners work with cultural safety and cultural humility? For more on my chapter, check out my 4-part blog series on using cultural safety and cultural humility.

Sam book launch

Here’s me talking while Avril and Corrina work on their amazing graphic recording for the book launch. Vancouver is lucky to have such a strong visual practitioner community!

Thanks to everyone who came out, and for making the book launch a great success!

Missed the book launch but want a copy of the book? Drawn Together through Visual Practice is available for purchase on Amazon, and now on Kindle too!

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3 ways to listen with confidence as a graphic recorder

Graphic recording individual team journeys at the Enhanced Recovery Collaborative Outcomes Congress. graphic recording by sam bradd, vancouver canada
Graphic recording individual team journeys at the Enhanced Recovery Collaborative Outcomes Congress

If you’ve seen a graphic recorder in action, you might be curious how we listen and draw at the same time. And it’s a good question, because listening is more important than drawing in this job. At a recent event, I found myself listening with confidence in a new way — so I thought I’d share three listening tips I used. These graphic recordings aren’t the fanciest images – because I’m more excited to show you behind the scenes!

I was invited to scribe the Enhanced Recovery Collaborative Outcomes Congress in January. This day was the conclusion of a program run across British Columbia to improve surgery outcomes for patients. Each local group reported back on their challenges, successes, and where they were heading next. 

THE CHALLENGE

Graphic recording for the healthcare sector— usually with researchers and clinicians — can often mean swimming in a sea of PowerPoint. Sessions can often be a full day of 15-minute presentations each with 20 – 40 slides. (If you’re curious, the all-time record I’ve seen is 70 slides.) For a graphic recorder, it’s a firehose of information.

Listening trick #1: Listening for the setup

In the health sector the takeaway is always the last slide. It’s possibly the academic influence, but I’ve learned this is part of the health-listening pattern. So while I’m recording I’m listening for the setup. Whenever possible, it’s great to get key information from speakers ahead of time – but we all know this isn’t always possible. And speakers, you can help the visual practitioner by telling them before you step on stage what is your main findings or key takeaway, even if you don’t reveal it to the audience until the end.

Listening trick #2: Listening for images

At this event, for the first 30 seconds to first minute of each talk I didn’t draw, instead I just listened for a metaphor or shape. I used this to structure a streamlined version of the content. These weren’t images found in the powerpoint at all, and this can be a breakthrough.

I heard various images; Sometimes it was descriptive, like “overlapping roles.” Sometimes it was jargon, or a common phrase like “roadmap to success.” Others were a challenge — I heard concentric rings, a path, a mountain.

Sometimes a speaker will choose a metaphor for their opening slide – but before you commit the beautiful picture to the page, listen to discover if the speaker will use this throughout the talk.

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Listening trick #3: Listening for difference

I deliberately chose to not draw the ERAS collaborative program itself, as we had covered that in other visuals. This engagement was celebrating each local program’s success, so I was listening for what made them unique. This “Listening for difference” is an example of how graphic recorders can ask our clients for the purpose of our listening. Together, you and your client can identify themes to guide your listening. Is it themes of innovation? Communication? Or in this case, what is unique.

What helped: Building familiarity

I’d been working with this team for about 6 months, so I had absorbed the acronyms and program arc. I was familiar with the alphabet soup. Specifically, in a separate studio project (set of digital posters, a sample below), I had interviewed each individual team about their work so I also had a preview of what topics would come up. We created a customized, digital poster for each work site, and then made a summary poster to wrap up the major themes. Teams saw their work reflected in unique, custom images.

Digital infographic journey mapping. Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Collaborative - Local Lessons Learned through a Provincial Surgical Quality Improvement Initiative
Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Collaborative – Local Lessons Learned through a Provincial Surgical Quality Improvement Initiative

This digital poster from the interview series went on to win an award in the storyboard category at the Quality Forum held by the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council.

A final element that supported listening and reflection: we created an interactive area (often called a knowledge wall) to show that the organization “was listening”, too.  

Interactive collaborative posters awaiting participant feedback
Knowledge wall awaiting participant feedback.

So the next time you are listening and drawing a session with a ‘firehose of information’, remember the different ways you can listen (with your ears and other senses, too!). Even under challenging conditions, as practitioners we can encourage ourselves to stay focussed and bring our best listening to each moment – for a better result for the images, and also the process.

 

 

 

Vancouver visual thinking social night

sam bradd, artist, vancouver, image, what is graphic recording, what is graphic facilitation, illustration,  knowledge translation, public engagement, vision, innovation in engagement, union, illustrator, best practice, vector, visualization, visual learners, infographic, graphic design, mind map, mind mapping, visual practitioner, creativity, sketch noters, visual notetaking, facilitator, visual thinking, information architects, visual synthesis, graphic translation, group graphics, and ideation specialists, live drawing, group facilitation, group collaborative work, world cafe, conference, information design, information designers, virtual coaches, educator, non-profit, progressive, environment, sustainability, community, health, indigenous, aboriginal, youth, teens, adult learners, adult education, empowerment, justice, leadership, team building, experiential graphicsVisual thinking social night!

Spread the word, Vancouver BC Canada has an extraordinary number of people working with live visual thinking. This week I hosted a social to gather like-minded folks. It was a total blast. Potluck dinner and wine, gifts from Wacom made it special, and financial support from the International Forum of Visual Practitioners (IFVP) made it happen. And two people traveled four hours to get here from Seattle and Victoria, so we know we’re onto something!

We shared new tools that inspire us, what got us interested in this work, and I held a demo of Wacom styli including the new Fineline (lots of oohing and ahhhing) and the Duo. With a room full of creative people, everyone made a quick and colourful get-well soon card for a colleague on the ipad. Even people who had never used a styli saw how intuitive it can be, and it’s always fun to try new things in a supportive environment. Lots of eating, of course, and if someone arrived knowing only one other person, we balanced the party with informal mingling and then a couple of ’rounds’, so by the end of the night everyone was on a first-name basis.

You might be curious as to why one would want to invite the “competition” over for dinner, but it’s really the opposite. IFVP has always believed we need to grow this field. It’s a fine balance in a field of solopreneurs, but I strongly believe that supporting each other is more important – abundance builds more opportunities. Growing this field means being thoughtful and deliberate – projects get more complex and more skilled team members are needed. Having a strong network means we can rely on each other when a client needs a practitioner and you’re already booked. And, it’s mentorship: we all need advice, support, and even though the Graphic Facilitation facebook group is amazing, sometimes a local connection is important. I like to compare visual thinking to graphic design: there might be a zillion graphic designers, and yet there’s always room for more. People carve out their niches and expertise, the field scales with accreditation and standards, and everyone wins. (Just no $5 fivr logos, thanks.)

sam bradd, artist, vancouver, image, what is graphic recording, what is graphic facilitation, illustration,  knowledge translation, public engagement, vision, innovation in engagement, union, illustrator, best practice, vector, visualization, visual learners, infographic, graphic design, mind map, mind mapping, visual practitioner, creativity, sketch noters, visual notetaking, facilitator, visual thinking, information architects, visual synthesis, graphic translation, group graphics, and ideation specialists, live drawing, group facilitation, group collaborative work, world cafe, conference, information design, information designers, virtual coaches, educator, non-profit, progressive, environment, sustainability, community, health, indigenous, aboriginal, youth, teens, adult learners, adult education, empowerment, justice, leadership, team building, experiential graphicsIf you’re in the Vancouver BC-area, we meets next in April-ish. Victoria, Seattle you’re more than welcome to keep joining us. Our events will alternative socials with skill sharing. Last time Yolanda Liman showed us recording on the ipad. New ideas for future events include visual storytelling, facilitation skills, animation, and more.

Beyond Vancouver, the IFVP exists to build this type of community on a global scale. IFVP has members in 29 countries (at least) – and wants to see more local gatherings wherever visual thinkers live.

IFVP meets next for the annual conference in Austin Texas this July… more on that soon!

Special thanks to my my co-host and fellow practitioner Rosanna von Saacken.

Infographic for the Dr Peter Centre building anniversary

The Dr Peter Centre celebrated the 10th anniversary of their building, and this infographic tells the story of their success.in 2003, the distinctive Dr Peter Centre opened in Vancouver, sam bradd, artist, vancouver, image, infographic, illustration, Dr Peter AIDS Foundation, Dr Peter Centre, HIV, Vancouver BC, model of care, poverty, mental health, union, illustrator, best practice, vector, best practice, visualization, visual learners, infographic, mind map, visual practitioner, creativity, information design, educator, non-profit, progressive, environment, sustainability, community, health, youth, empowerment, justice, leadership, health care

From the outside, the building is distinctive. It combines a heritage house with a modern building. But it’s the inside that is even more striking. Their unique model of care provides support to people living with HIV who are also impacted by poverty, mental health, addictions, and homelessness. The Dr Peter Centre provide meals, clinical contacts, residential care, and much needed supports.

 

 

 

Congratulations to the Dr Peter Centre on their achievements, and here’s to their continued, important work. Consider donating at www.drpeter.org.