Unity of New Westminster: Community Research Project embedded in social constructionism

After some discussion with the Unity of New Westminster Church, Barb Goode, Liz Etmanski and I received a small community research grant to explore and document their congregation, history and future directions.  The grant allowed us to give an honorarium, buy food for gatherings and hire a research manager who kept us organized.   The Taos Institute, which I partnered with in my PhD program, investigates things from a social constructionist lens: Social constructionist dialogue – of cutting edge significance within the social sciences and humanities – concerns the processes by which humans generate meaning together. Our focus is on how … Continue reading Unity of New Westminster: Community Research Project embedded in social constructionism

ARTbrain – a new project

Now that this has been formally announced, we can share some great news!  Our new ARTbrain project combines a few ideas that Liz Etmanski, Susan Powell and I have been talking about for a while.  We were grateful to receive some funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to explore these ideas over the next eight months.  Our proposal read, Access to fine arts and humanities education has been almost impossible for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and this project will involve them in thinking critically about how art works, making art, works from art history and … Continue reading ARTbrain – a new project

A busy month…

I’ve been finishing up a big, distracting project that has required a lot of focus…  for some reason this meant that every time someone asked me to work at an event I just said yes 🙂 Hospitals engaging patients, self advocates strategic planning, MAPs and PATHs and training in California and with teachers in B.C..   It was good to use the other side of my brain, but it was particularly a gift to be around so many interesting people doing so many good things.   And always a gift to spend time with Liz Etmanski, who did some of … Continue reading A busy month…

#Impact4BC graphic recordings

Liz and I had a great day doing the graphic recording for some really amazing social entrepreneurs and social innovators.  It was particularly powerful to see so many youth in the room and Minister Michelle Stilwell was so great at being welcoming and putting them at ease.  We told people we’d upload the graphics for the day when we’d cleaned them up and here they are! There were, essentially, three panels and other keynote speakers, with an awards ceremony in the middle – 7 hours of nonstop fun 🙂 And, Tamara Vrooman – the only person I really have to … Continue reading #Impact4BC graphic recordings

More employment related graphic recording – the Pacific Autism Family Centre

Several of my favourite things came together around creating this graphic – it’s about the idea of massively increasing supported, equitable employment for people with disabilities in British Columbia, it’s a group that’s thinking BIG ambitious thoughts about holistic supports and brought together a group of diverse interests to facilitate a discussion about partnerships and how research can lead to action, and I got to draw with Liz Etmanski, my favourite drawing partner. Last but not least, it is a project that is generated by families and I learned a lot of new things and got to change my mind about some … Continue reading More employment related graphic recording – the Pacific Autism Family Centre

And now in Korean :)

What fun.  I’ve been thinking a lot about graphic facilitation and graphic recording in terms of languages and translation…   and then was asked to give permission for some of my work, and some featuring Liz Etmanski, to be used for a Korean publication.  I’m sure it says something nice and they were great to deal with 🙂  You can check out the whole article here. Continue reading And now in Korean 🙂