Special Report : Graphic Facilitation & Recording

What is Graphic Facilitation? (From The GroveConsultants)
Graphic Facilitation is an interactive style of leading groups using large-scale imagery and displays. It grew out of a network of west-coast consultants in the 1970's who were inspired by the approach of designers and architects while problem solving and collaborating on projects. It has come to embrace a wide range of principles and practices that use creative media to help people to "see what they mean." This essay traces some of the early influences and strategies that have shaped the field, and how it has evolved to include influences from more psychologically influenced facilitation, storytelling, large scale collaborative practice and other approaches to managing group process. >> Read more of this article by The Grove's, David Sibett.


About Visual Thinking... (From XPlane)

A is for Apple. E is for Elephant.A is for apple.

Description: This animal has big, flappy ears; legs like tree trunks; a long, flexible nose that it uses to feed itself; gray, wrinkled skin; and horns called tusks that protrude from the side of its face.

How do you think someone who had never seen an elephant before would imagine one based on that description?

Our children learn to read by putting words and letters together with pictures. Why is this so effective? Pictures are concrete representations of reality. Words are abstractions.


Why it works

Have you ever read a book and then gone to see a movie? You were probably disappointed by the movie, and here's why: As you read a book, you build a picture in your head. Because every reader builds a different picture, it's just impossible for a movie to live up to every reader's imagination.

But if you see the movie first, the film-maker's view becomes “stamped” in your mind. Then when you read the book, you envision the film's actors as the main characters. Your imagination is conforming to the “world view” of the film-maker.

A verbal or written message is subject to interpretation. A message contained in a picture is concrete.  >> Read more of this article at XPlane.


What is the difference between the types of Graphic Facilitation?

Graphic Recording
refers to the act of transcribing a meeting using large display graphics and words without a lot of interaction with the group.
Graphic Facilitation
refers to process combining graphic work with facilitation, sometimes in a team with a recorder, and often alone.
Information Design
involves the creation and integration of complex information in a visual format, usually on murals and posters. Many information designers work in traditional ways, but a growing number use graphic facilitation during the initial design stages to develop ideas collaboratively with clients.
Graphic Process Consulting
focuses on helping people design processes that integrate a lot of media in interactive ways.

Source: David Sibett of The Grove Consultants



Links to Graphic Facilitation Resources:

Many Minds



The Grove





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