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

Oblique Strategies

I was fascinated to hear about Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards, which I hadn’t known about before.  So then of course I really wanted some… but the first edition ones were about $1,500 and the latest edition seemed to be a while ago and they were pretty much $100++  on eBay. So then I thought to google Oblique Strategies cards pdf and found these DIY cards – not sure who the blog owner is but they’re searchable publicly so… Oh and then I found the free iPad app…. have at ‘er oh differently thinking people… Continue reading Oblique Strategies

Relational Leadership Webinar Graphics

A lot of my work over the last few years, and my thesis (which led to many of the ideas in this presentation) has led me to the idea of relational leadership so I’ve been fascinated to discover Kenneth Gergen and the Taos Institute and its affiliates working hard to figure out what the new patterns and methods might be.  They recently hosted a series of conversations by webinar – still available to watch here – and I was able to get to a couple of them.   Now I want to graphically record all of them – such exciting thinking.   Continue reading Relational Leadership Webinar Graphics

orality, drawing and literacy #rhizo14

“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.”  Walt Whitman Dave Cormier, this week in part 4 of Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum, asks this question: Our connective technologies are, as many have said, a return to orality. It gives us the opportunity to connect our thoughts with others without them being finished, stale and objective. The medium of print, while practically useful for many reasons (particularly historically) encourages the opposite. Is books making us stupid? This took me by surprise and … Continue reading orality, drawing and literacy #rhizo14

fun video of our Victoria community mapping session and some time-lapse graphic facilitation

Video by Hayley Glossop of Rainbow Notations.  You can check out more posts about this project on our project blog.   The Community Mapping sessions were sponsored by an award from the BC Ideas folks, in Community Living Innovation.   In this project Shelley Nessman and I are going to three communities to ask  self advocates with intellectual disabilities: where do you make a contribution?  where would you be missed?  where are you welcomed in the ways you want to be?  After a day together, and a lot of drawing and talking, we clean up the room and they host … Continue reading fun video of our Victoria community mapping session and some time-lapse graphic facilitation

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