I have been so busy that I haven’t been able to tackle the CLMOOC 6th project which is a wonderful theoretical collaboration between the U.S. National Park Service and educators on geo-mapping the spaces where we come together. And given that we camp every year in the U.S. at these amazing places, it would have been easy and joyful… So much fun and so inspiring to see what others are doing, though. Which always makes me want to participate.
But I’ve taken a new half time teaching position in an actual college after years of teaching adults of all kinds in the places where they work and live and play. I’m pretty excited and getting exciteder (some oppositional quality makes me want to be anti-grammatical after becoming faculty) – the classes I am teaching are great, the texts are exciting, new colleagues are so helpful and there’s a nice mix of things I know really well and look forward to sharing as well as new things to learn about and I like those differential explorations. But, still. New texts, old texts, someone else’s syllabus and lectures to support making my own, and three new tech platforms, a new-to-me institutional department and figuring out letting go of half of what I’ve been doing at my regular and much-loved work – whew!
So I figured I would forgo this as, taking on a new MOOC, I’d already given myself permission to lurk more than participate but then today as I multitasked – getting the car serviced whilst reading and annotating a text and creating lecture notes on how students might think about survey classes and master the assignments I suddenly looked down and realized I’d drawn a map. And then thought about how maps appear often in my graphic recordings. Sometimes as pictures of maps… But, even so, the graphics themselves are maps – ways to get from one place to another. That’s the point.
And so is the art I make – the mapping of movements and intersections… I like this quote by Albert Einstein, “Nothing happens until something moves,” and often think about how it applies to our interactions of all kinds.
So I thought it would be interesting just to share some of these useful mapping metaphors.
Messy!!! Private graphics like this (see Brandy Agerbeck’s draw quad) only need to be understood by the person who made and will be using them. For me these are always interestingly meta-pedagogical as I can see in them how the larger graphics assist the memory, inspiration, organization and planning of larger groups that I work with – at those events I’m often so focused on the listening that I’m not always aware of the usefulness. Mapping out how one idea from the text – in this case, how stereotypes develop and may be countered – through the text, the research they cite and one’s own experience (in brown) through a kind of messy mind-mapping process out of which one can begin to formulate the paper to be written.
Then I started thinking of other, earlier examples. This is a not great photo of one of the first graphics I created publicly, a combination of graphic recording and using templates with a group of people with disabilities on “Climb Every Mountain” – what’s a challenge that you’ve addressed and what did you learn that could help you in your next challenge?
Often graphic recording is the recording of processes.
In these two graphics, the first maps the future plan for a transition and independence by one organization doing great work, while the second maps what another organization has done in the context of similar actions around the continent.
Finally, this is one of my favourite drawings – an off the cuff “here by dragons” from a wonderful talk by David Wetherow at TASH‘s open space gathering. “Here be dragons” is what ancient maps used to say about unmapped places they were uncertain of.
And by the way National parks board you rock and the Jessie M. Honeyman park is my favourite place in the world so far 🙂
Many good conversations and makings during this third cycle of #clmooc. It got me thinking about the stone game, and then I remembered this video I made. This was one of the first gigs* that I had, in which I was graphically recording what was happening in the room and, in this case, online as the facilitator was on an island across the strait, leading the group in a conversation that began with “the stone game.” I had just taken some basic training in graphic recording and my only rule was that I wouldn’t say “no” – a game I play with myself when I’m entering new territory as I know it is my tendency to want to say no and think I can’t do things.
From afar, David had given each participants a pile of stones and then used them to negotiate a conversation, with them paying attention to their dynamics. This led them to a very fruitful conversation about their goals and how they were moving forward together. One of the most brilliant pieces of facilitation I’ve seen and transformational for me…
It began a long lovely recipricol relationship for me with the Family Support Institute of B.C. (I volunteer as much as I can with them and they let me get experimental), was the first of many many graphic recording and facilitation gigs, started us working for a couple of years on projects with David Wetherow, one of my heros who I never expected to work with and a fascination with the stone game, which I’ve used with smaller groups as a facilitation tool.
*While I am now a bit embarrassed by the quality of the graphic recording, it is still one of my favourite sessions and videos. The distance between what I wanted to do and what I could do compelled me to go learn more 🙂