Family Support Institute Training Weekend graphics

I was again invited to the Family Support Institute Training Weekend in Naramata – last year this was a really transformational weekend for me as a parent, professional and I got to test my chops as a graphic recorder and facilitator.   This year we upped the ante 🙂  This is an amazing group of folks.  If you are a parent or have a family member with a disability and need support, contact them to find out about Resource Parents in your area.  If you are feeling like you’d like to offer something to other families which include people with … Continue reading Family Support Institute Training Weekend graphics

What is the work?

  Dan Pontefract, author of Flat Earth: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization, was having a contest.   It is over, so I won’t win a book, but I’m going to go buy his book anyway as I really like the way he is thinking about work and connections…  and it gave me a chance to process some of what I was thinking about over the last weeks and last week in particular.  The question he’s asking is “How do you define the word ‘work.’” I was in Toronto taking a refresher course in a planning method we use a … Continue reading What is the work?

Blueprint CV experiment :)

So the Vancouver local gathering of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners got together for our first peer learning group, led by Yolanda Liman and concerned with working live on the Ipad at events.  Yolanda is a master (mistress?) of this and she taught us an amazing amount in just a couple of hours, and I’ve been experimenting.   One of the graphics that I’ve always loved is Christina Merkley’s “Visual Bio”  and a couple of other people have done similar things I admire.   So I’ve been wanting to play with something like this, and have been experimenting – … Continue reading Blueprint CV experiment 🙂

Workshop Videos Part 1

These are videos we often refer to or use in our workshops; feel free to use them too!  We believe they are about ideas not often talked about 🙂 Want to talk more about our work – books, facilitation, dialogues, strategic planning, person centred planning, community mapping and engagement, or…?   contact us aaron@spectrumsociety.org or shelley@spectrumsociety.org What our PATH and MAPs workshops on person centred planning are like; 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1ULJfPIDSQ Our Community Mapping Project – Victoria. 1 1/2 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikn3SrGR4DI The Power of a Plan – Inclusion B.C.’s transition project; 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPyD9LTgbpU PATH: ; 5 minutes. Cheryl’s PATH; … Continue reading Workshop Videos Part 1

Setting goals…

“People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like ‘be realistic.’”  Dylan Moran I love thinking about how people set goals.   I love how some people walk into a room and know exactly what they want, and how some of their supporters knew that would happen, and others are shocked and delighted…  And I love how some people, and some groups of people, walk in so tentatively, not quite sure what they might want, not sure how to say what they want, not sure if it’s “realistic.”   A while ago, … Continue reading Setting goals…

River of Life

Shelley Nessman and I co-facilitated a great debriefing and planning session, first with the BCACL (now Inclusion BC) Self Advocate Caucus and then in a meeting with them and Executive Directors from all around the province – a couple of amazing days.   The first graphic is from the day with the caucus, and the second is from their meeting with the EDs.   A lot of people talked about what a great experience it was – and it was good for us too!   Many graphic recorders / facilitators don’t “facilitate” while they draw, but given my experience developing curriculum I can … Continue reading River of Life

BC Ideas Award: Community Mapping

I’m so excited to be part of a small group that’s received an award to do three sessions of community mapping in Vernon, Vancouver and Victoria (we thought we’d start with “V” for victory) from the B.C. Ideas, Community Living Venture.  To read more about the project, click here!    To read the original proposal, click here for the Ashoka Changemakers site (and please leave a comment!)  Essentially, we’ll meet with groups of about 50 people with disabilities in their communities and talk about where they are welcomed and feel their contributions are valued, using a world cafe model.   Shelley Nessman … Continue reading BC Ideas Award: Community Mapping