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New! Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 13-14, 2015

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I am very excited to announce we are offering a graphic facilitation workshop July 13-14, 2015. This is the 6th annual ‘rosviz’ gathering taking place in the mountain setting of beautiful Rossland, British Columbia. We have sold out the last 2 years so register early to secure your spot!

More information here: http://michellelaurie.com/training-and-workshops/graphic-facilitation-workshop-rosviz-2015/?preview_id=227

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Announcing the 5th Annual Graphic Facilitation Workshop

Imagine you are planning a project, facilitating a meeting or writing a report. Adding visuals invites conversation, discussion and exploration. Visuals spark the imagination, help communities plan their futures and help groups track progress. This two-day experiential workshop provides the skills and confidence needed to use a range of visuals in your work and engage beyond words.

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Graphic Facilitation Workshop 2014

Join us in Rossland, British Columbia, Canada, July 17-18, 2014.

Registration opens February 7th & Early Bird Rate in effect until April 1st!

More info: http://michellelaurie.com/training-and-workshops/5th-annual-graphic-facilitation-workshop-aka-rosviz/

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Wow!

Wow!

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This is a spring person – good for illustrating energy, fun and youthfulness!

That is how I felt after doing two graphic facilitation workshops back to back.  It’s been about two weeks but I’m still feeling all the positive vibes that the workshops brought on.  I’m not sure exactly what it is but whenever we (my co-facilitator Nancy) and I bring a group together (often people who don’t know each other), and put markers in their hands – the energy explodes and people seem to be on fire (in a good way).

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We worked with over forty people from around B.C., Alberta, and the U.S.A. between the venues of Rossland (aka Rosviz) and Vancouver (UBC viz).

At UBCviz, we were asked how does the planning process work, so we drew it out at the workshop.  Unfortunately the image is a little blurry (possibly a metaphor for our planning process?).

M&N process

In a nutshell, we put our brains together, use online platforms to help us communicate face-to-face and with our notes, take the information back to our offices and process it individually and then come together again (and again and again) until we come up with a flow that works.  In the moment, we check in, adapt and usually improvise!

So, once the planning is done, what actually happens?  Well, thanks to Joseph Topo from UBCviz I can offer you this visual summary he created after the workshop.

day1_AM day1_pm day2_am

That covers the first 1.5 days.  The last half of day two isn’t drawn yet so in the meantime, a quick summary is that we spend most of the afternoon doing collective visual harvests of what we learned.  These are artefacts that help document what people remember from the workshop and want to recall in the future.  In small groups, people rotate between three harvest stations (the type of stations change year to year).  This year we had  “create a book”, “large visual harvest wall”, and “create a template” stations.  We finish with a visual evaluation.

Here are some photos of the harvest walls (1 from Rosviz and 2 from UBCviz):

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And some additional photos that capture the essence of the workshops:

Getting started with visual introductions.

Getting started with visual introductions.

Warming up with circles and lines.

Warming up with circles and lines.

We had lovely windows and views of the trees at UBC viz

We had lovely windows and views of the trees at UBC viz

Day 1 visual agenda by Nancy White.  Day 2 agenda pic is MIA :-(

Day 1 visual agenda by Nancy White. Day 2 agenda pic is MIA 😦

Process facilitator Amanda Fenton visually planning a future meeting.

Process facilitator Amanda Fenton visually planning a future meeting.

Eating out in Rossland - The Alpine Grind!

Eating out in Rossland – The Alpine Grind!

Assisting a facilitation challenge using the Samoan Circle.

Assisting a facilitation challenge using the Samoan Circle.

We added portable walls in Vancouver to make space for more drawing!

We added portable walls in Vancouver to make space for more drawing!

Nancy debriefing the circle.  I love that we have no tables and no people hiding behind laptops!

Nancy debriefing the circle. I love that we have no tables and no people hiding behind laptops!

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My 10 month old baby made a guest appearance.

The two guys in my life making a guest appearance.

For the full set of photos you can search rosviz on Flickr or follow this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/rosviz/

So, two weeks later, how am I feeling?  Inspired!

These workshops were the first face-to-face  meetings I had since giving birth to my son 10 months ago.  I was a little nervous going in however the people were kind, my co-facilitator was generous and my husband took great care of Ira which provided me the freedom to do what I love.

Thank you to those who participated and I invite anyone who hasn’t experienced this workshop yet to join us in 2014.  Date and location are not fixed, so drop a line and let me know what you would like to see!

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One week until Graphic Facilitation Workshops

Good Morning People!

This is a week of anticipation…before a very exciting week of fun.

We are 7 days away from hosting 2 graphic facilitation workshops.  We have the annual RosViz event in Rossland, BC (4 time!) and Vancouver, BC (1st time!).  These workshops provide a great excuse to pick up the markers once again and let the creative energy flow!  The last time I did this was the night before I went into labour (November 2012)  for real 🙂

What’s ahead…designing the agenda, practicing those icons, some back and forth with a woman I truly feel fortunate to work with, and a chance to meet and work with amazing people from across BC, AB and the USA.

Check out the poster that was made for our Vancouver workshop sponsored by BC Campus and UBC:

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Vancouver is sold out!

Rossland (Sept 23-24) still has a few spaces left and we would love to have you join the fun!  Find out more at: http://michellelaurie.com/graphic-facilitation-workshops-2013/

We even have a social reporter this year so lots of pics, tweets (#rosviz), and stories to come!

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Graphic Facilitation Workshop September 23-24, 2013 – Registration Open!

Warming up at Graphic Facilitation workshop.

Warming up at Graphic Facilitation workshop.

I am pleased to announce that there will be a Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, B.C., Canada September 23-24th, 2013!  Otherwise known as #Rosviz, this will be our fourth offering in this beautiful mountain location.  If you are looking to improve your communication and engagement skills using a mix of text and visuals, this workshop is for you.

When might we use this practice?

Sometimes our imaginations are sparked by a visual where words fail us. Think about when communities plan and imagine their futures, when teams consider the possible outcomes for their projects, when groups create maps to track their progress.  Whether you are strategic planning, enhancing reports or explaining concepts on the back of the napkin, these are all opportunities to use visuals to engage and deepen understanding. You can use visual thinking to improve teamwork, communications, meetings, build engagement and to plan and evaluate work. Step out of the PowerPoint rut!

Who should attend?

Facilitators, project managers, team leaders and members, town planners, teachers and anyone who would like to engage others beyond words. 

Please note:You do NOT need previous experience or have to consider yourself an artist. At some level, we can all draw and use visuals to enhance our communications and engage diverse audiences.

“I am still on cloud 9 after the Graphic Facilitation workshop. Thank you soooo much. I feel recharged after that! You two are such great facilitators.  You were willing to bend over backwards to ensure we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves/ learning to our full potential.  There wasn’t a moment that I was not completely engaged during the workshop.”

 Maddy Koch
Community Planning Assistant (2012 workshop participant)

To get a glimpse of what you could be doing Sept 23-24th, check out the harvest from last years workshop: http://michellelaurie.com/2012/07/28/reflections-on-3-days-of-graphic-facilitation-in-rossland-b-c-rosviz/

Details at a glance:

Location: Rossland, BC, Canada (1 hr flight from Vancouver or Calgary, 2.5 hrs drive north of Spokane, Washington)

Dates and Time: September 23-24, 2013 (9am-5pm) (*note we condensed the 2.5 day workshop from previous years to fit into 2 days to accommodate peoples’ busy schedules)

Price: $850 + GST (Registering before July 1st?  You get the early bird rate: $700+GST)

More info?  Email: Michelle Laurie (michelle.k.laurie(@)gmail.com)

More details found at: http://michellelaurie.com/graphic-facilitation-workshops-2013/

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Reflections on 3 days of graphic facilitation in Rossland, B.C, #rosviz

Rosviz, our annual graphic facilitation workshop in Rossland, B.C. finished July 20th however I am still buzzing as the ‘harvests’ of the 3 day ‘drawing on walls’ adventure keep rolling in!

As one of the activities on the last day, Nancy White (co-conspirator) and I invited groups to create harvests of their own using video, a graphic recording mural and a mystery station!  Here are a few of the creative artefacts that emerged!

Group 1’s Video Harvest:

Group 2’s Video Harvest:


Group 3’s Video Harvest:

 

Harvest Journal (saved onto Dropbox!)

 

Our Participatory Graphic Recording Harvest Wall

Reflections

Hosting a 3 day workshop is energizing, exhausting and filled with learning.  What did I take home this year?  In no particular order, here are a few of my gems:

–        People are amazingly creative when given space, tools and opportunities

–        Learn a dozen icons to have in the back pocket – it’s worth the practice!

–        Facilitating with a partner can be a fantastic experience.  It provides time to re-juvenate between sessions, gives participants a blending of styles and has the benefit of bouncing ideas off someone which leads to a better product.  Thank you Nancy!

–        Prepare, prepare, prepare and then… embrace improv.

–        Trust the universe and trust what you bring and offer.

 

***You can see all the photos from our 3-day workshop on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/rosviz12/ 

Thank you to all the amazing folks that participated in graphic facilitation workshops  in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for sharing your enthusiasm for the practice and inspiring me to push my limits with incorporating visuals into my work.  Yahoo!

P.s. Planning for 2013 has not yet begun but if you want the workshop in your town, contact me as we are open to ideas!

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Graphic Facilitation Workshop is Just Around the Corner…

The early bird deadline is past, but we are sending out the word at a couple of face to face workshops in the next few weeks and the time to commit is NOW!  Nancy White and I have learned so many new things this year that we want to share.  There is much to learn from the group as well as so far  the folks who have signed up are fascinating and a few are far flung! We are expecting great, diverse interactions. We have a few more spaces available so MAKE YOUR MOVE!

As a reminder:

When might we use this practice?

Sometimes our imaginations are sparked by a visual where words fail us. Think about when communities plan and imagine their futures, when teams consider the possible outcomes for their projects, when groups create maps to track their progress.  Whether you are strategic planning, enhancing reports or explaining concepts on the back of the napkin, these are all opportunities to use visuals to engage and deepen understanding. You can use visual thinking to improve teamwork, communications, meetings, build engagement and to plan work. Step out of the PowerPoint rut!

Who should attend?

Facilitators, project managers, team leaders and members, town planners, teachers and anyone who would like to engage others beyond words. Please note:You do NOT need previous experience or have to consider yourself an artist. At some level, we can all draw and use visuals to enhance our communications and engage diverse audiences.

Join us July 18-20th in Rossland, B.C.

All details are here: http://michellelaurie.com/training-and-workshops/graphic-facilitation-workshop-july18-20/

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5 days left for early bird special…

Learning the Basics at 2011 Graphic Facilitation Workshop 'Rosviz11'

Are you looking for inspiration?  Want to get creative?  Would you like to learn how to engage the people you work with using visuals?  You can!!!

I am co-hosting a Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, BC, July 18-20th with Nancy White.  Our offer to you is to learn, get inspired and join a community of people who are finding practical and useful ways to bring visuals into their work.

If you want to see what happened last year, check out this great video by Sylvia Currie from BC Campus: http://blip.tv/bccampus/rosvizcollage-5410970

All details about the workshop are found here!

If you have questions contact me.  The early bird special is on until April 28th…hope to see you in Rossland this summer to draw on walls 🙂

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Workshop Alert – Rosviz is back!

I am excited to announce the 3rd annual graphic facilitation workshop (aka Rosviz!) in beautiful Rossland, BC, Canada, July 18-20th, 2012.

Drawing on Walls at the 2011 Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, B.C.

You are invited to this experiential workshop which takes place almost entirely at the drawing surface!

We’ll start the evening of July18th by warming up our drawing muscles and silencing those pesky inner censors. The second day, we’ll build into the basic practices of graphic facilitation and recording. We will pay attention to preparation, the actual visual work, and follow up including digital capture of paper based images. Our third day will be devoted to participatory graphic approaches, practicing and giving peer feedback. You can expect to go away with icons, ideas and approaches which you can use immediately, as well as ideas about how to hone your practice.

When might we use this practice?

Sometimes our imaginations are sparked by a visual where words fail us. Think about when communities plan and imagine their futures, when teams consider the possible outcomes for their projects, when groups create maps to track their progress.  These are all opportunities to use visuals to engage and deepen community dialogue. You can use visual thinking to improve teamwork, communications, meetings, build engagement and to plan work. Step out of the PowerPoint rut!

Who should attend?

Facilitators, project managers, team leaders and members, town planners, teachers and anyone who would like to engage others beyond words. 

Please note: You do NOT need previous experience or have to consider yourself an artist. At some level, we can all draw and use visuals to enhance our communications and engage diverse audiences.

Quick details: I will be hosting and co-facilitating with my very energetic and inspiring collaborator Nancy White.   This 2.5 day workshop begins the evening of Wednesday, July 18th and ends mid-afternoon on Friday, July 20th.  Early bird pricing before April 1st is $690.00 and is $840.00 thereafter.  Email me to register: michelle.k.laurie(@)gmail.com.

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Kick Off Graphic Jam

Hi all,

This is a re-post from Social Reporter Sylvia Currie and her blog “Webbed Feet“.

Thanks to Sylvia, I will be posting several links in the coming days to workshop interviews, videos, photos and blog posts!

Enjoy!!

Welcome sign by Michelle Laurie
Our workshop agenda

Yesterday we arrived in Rossland, British Columbia from a variety of locations for the 2nd annual Graphic Facilitation workshop. A few of us did some prep work to get ready for the kick of graphic jam — hanging paper, prepping the floor space with plastic to catch chalk dust, and throwing open the curtains to let the natural light in.

It was exciting to put names to faces and learn about the various backgrounds and reasons for coming to the 3-day workshop. The first activity was a visual introduction. In 5 minutes the 20 participants came up with drawings that gave us a lot to talk about! We toured the room and participants described what they saw. Not your traditional round robin intros!

Violette Clark creating her visual introduction

Next Nancy made sure we warmed up properly and became aware of space around us by using our whole bodies. BIG circles! Rockin’ straight lines!

From there Nancy introduced participants to basic concepts around lettering, spacing, colour, and everything else that emerged from the group. One thing I really appreciate about Nancy White’s teaching style is that she uses the work of participants to point out different styles, design principles, impact of colour, use of space, and so on. We don’t always work through all skills and concepts systematically. By the end of the evening graphic jam we were talking about what works, what frustrates us, what we’re curious about… because we had plenty of time to experiment.

Yes we can! Close up of drawing by Sara Davis

We’re capturing bits and pieces that will give you a glimpse of what happens in the #rosviz graphic facilitation workshop. On to day 2!

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