We all process information differently. Some of us process internally before speaking it out into the world and some of us process as we speak. Some of us prefer to listen to ideas and some of us prefer to see ideas. I do ideas. That is – I create a tangible, visible representation of both what I hear and what I see. I work with clients to co-design process templates and concepts for murals. If I am recording an event, I invite participants to offer insights and perspectives from different parts of the room, or from conversations I wasn’t party to, and together we co-create the final piece.
Graphic facilitation is a way of facilitating from the edges. Often, the end result - whether it be a large-scale mural, a quick sketchnote, or a process template – has a way of informing the narrative of the event. As such, there is an inherent responsibility to represent the proceedings in the best way possible. Things look different from the edges, we are both included and excluded at the edges, and it therefore offers a unique perspective. We learn at and from the edges, and we envision beyond them. That’s what makes facilitating from the edges so powerful.
My visual practice captures the who, what, when, where, and how, but it also captures the emotion, tension, patterns and insights that befall a room. My visual practice is listening for quieter voices, and things that go unsaid. Facilitating is never neutral. Attention follows intention, and my intention is to see things through a lens of justice, equity, redistributed power, clarity, and a multiplicity of perspectives.