Graphic Recording on Haida Gwaii

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in blog, Graphic Facilitation, Graphic Recording, Visuals

Haida Gwaii is a clutch of islands off the coast of BC.  It’s a place of towering totems, endless beaches, and a people who have deep roots and an unwavering passion for these islands. I lived on Haida Gwaii as a baby  —  it was where I first came to Canada from New Zealand.   The only memory I have is of digging for clams with a plastic shovel on a wide stretch of beach … not a bad introduction to life in Canada! I’ve made two trips to Haida Gwaii this summer to graphic record for a group helping to plan the future of these islands.   The group consists of people from a variety of backgrounds — Haida, non-Haida, new residents, and those who’ve lived there for decades.   With so many points of view, the graphic recordings anchored the discussion and really helped open people’s minds to new perspectives.  By the end of our first workshop, the walls were covered with graphic recordings  —  a tangible record of the work being done. “We’re headed in the right direction — just look at where we’ve come and where we’re going now,” someone remarked while viewing the historical map we’d created.   Graphic recording is a powerful tool when you’re bringing together stakeholders with different perspectives — it’s a valuable anchor if the group loses focus or starts down a tangential path.  Differing opinions are shown side-by-side.  Complex ideas are visualized, and therefore recalled more easily. The work on Haida Gwaii is still on-going, but one of the best parts of my job is when I can continue to help a group plan their way forward, especially during times of great...

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The ‘Half-Life’ of Visuals

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in blog, Graphic Recording, Visuals

  I attended a recent Social Media workshop where author and entrepreneur, Jason Miles, gave a presentation on the power of Pinterest. He pointed out that above all else, “videos and images have the longest ‘half-life’ of all forms of communication.” I was struck by how obvious this is.       Twitter is an endless conversation stacking on top of itself – your tweets are quickly buried within an hour, sometimes within minutes. The same goes for Facebook status updates.         Blogposts are only as fresh as the date they were created – and so much effort goes into a well-written post!             However, great videos will continue to accumulate views on YouTube years after they were posted. Likewise, images can be shared, liked, and ‘re-pinned’ long after their original posting. The decay rate of visuals is much slower than text based communication.     Instead of wasting time with text-based news releases, an organization will have greater impact if it sends out an infographic, video, or an eye-catching photograph. Humans process visual information in a fraction of the time it takes to read text. This is also why graphic recording is such a powerful tool during meetings.     Is your organization using visuals? Have you noticed a difference in the effectiveness? Check out my illustrated videos and graphic recordings for inspiration!...

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