It starts with a bad meeting. Maybe you’ve been at one. Or three. It was a meeting drowning in complicated information. A meeting where the loudest person’s voice wins. Unsure why we were even invited. A meeting where we leave big parts of ourselves – and who are – at home or at the door. We leave feeling …. disconnected from our work, and each other.
This is where the need for visual practice begins. Visual practice helps us access new ways of thinking – and being together. In this talk, I’ll share some things I’ve observed as a graphic facilitator and global consultant, and I’ll break down some myths. One of these myths is “but drawing is not professional, I can’t do this at my job” and another is “but I’m not an artist!” and we’ll talk about why these might not be true. We’ve never had more access to information – but what we do with it – that’s what matters. Let’s use the power of visuals for a more just and equitable world, to start.
Sam (he/him) is a graphic facilitator, meeting facilitator, and the principal of Drawing Change. Sam combines 20 years’ facilitation experience with visual tools to help groups engage, solve problems, and lead. Our clients make the world a better place – and we amplify their work by transforming complex info into something joyful. Together, we’re drawing change.
Throughout his career, Sam has worked with collaborators in 12 countries, with the World Health Organization, Indigenous communities, and groups working to change the world. He has an MEd in Educational Studies (UBC), and is a Dialogue Fellow with the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Sam’s facilitation integrates frameworks from Appreciative Inquiry, systems thinking, participatory decision making, and uses an intersectional and anti-racism lens. He is the co-editor of two books including Drawn Together through Visual Practice (2016), a number of book chapters, and is a co-founder of the award-winning Graphic History Collective. He’s a white settler of Italian and Scottish background and lives on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories.
Katarina (Kat) Thorsen
Kat (she/her) is an artist, writer, and creative engagement facilitator passionate in her belief that art can heal and build connections. Katarina specializes in arts-based programming for all ages, in particular engaging vulnerable populations. The heart of her work is visual storytelling, restorative practices, whole-brain engagement, and facilitation. Katarina’s interactive art events and street art encourage participants to become part of the creative process. Her own artwork can be found in private collections in North America and Europe.
Kat is currently an associate of the Centre for Restorative Justice at Simon Fraser University and the program director at Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society. A passionate writer, illustrator, and researcher, she published her first book – Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges with Art – in 2013. Her current project (in development) is a true-crime analysis in the form of a graphic novel and a television series. Kat resides in Vancouver, B.C.
Jason (he/him) is a designer, educator, and educational media producer working at Simon Fraser University located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Kwikwetlem Nations. He brings 25 yrs experience to his role supporting instructors to design engaging learning experiences. From a sketchbook to a webpage, Jason works with educators to find creative ways to share knowledge.
As an artist, Jason has explored drawing across many practices. Art, activism, graphic recording, visual facilitation, and thinking all find their way into his visual approach. His ongoing passion to advance the use of the “pencil” in teaching and learning has given him superpowers in sketch noting, storyboarding and comics, in a variety of media both traditional and
Jason is currently working remotely on the traditional territories of the Okanagan (Syilx) Nation.
Susan (she/her) is a Senior Lecturer in the School for Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University and is known for her innovative use of participatory sketching while lecturing. Participatory Sketching involves the students and Ms. Clements-Vivian working together to create visual notes during the lecture. These visual notes replace what is traditionally located in slides, readings and on the course management system. Visual notes are then referenced throughout the course as core learning materials. Ms. Clements-Vivian developed this style of teaching through the completion of several teaching and learning development grants. She is currently working on an Open Educational Resource on visual thinking for educators with Jason Toal and Katarina (Kat) Thorsen.