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

Working with David Wetherow and the Star Raft concept…

David Wetherow has been one of my heroes for a long time, and when my facilitation partner Shelley Nessman and I got a chance to work with him we were delighted.   David and Faye are important elders in the Community Living movement in B.C. and in North America who have contributed hugely…  his new ideas are so exciting that after a period of absence he’s been compelled to come out and “play in the sandbox.”   We started with a planning session with the Family Support Institute (you can see the videos here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sIrkP_B7h8 and here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sIrkP_B7h8). By the end of the … Continue reading Working with David Wetherow and the Star Raft concept…

“we’ve just forgotten that we belong to each other” Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries

I have a new hero.  Well, maybe a few.   But a singular experience of our trip to this year’s TASH conference in Long Beach was getting to hear and spend time with Father Greg Boyle, the most moving and inspiring speaker I’ve ever heard of.   You can order Father Greg’s book (autographed even!) and DVDs and t-shirts and all kinds of homeboy goodies here…  but, seriously, he presents an “if/then” proposition – if he can do this where he did it, with those he was inspired by, well, “then”…  what are we waiting for?  Wherever we are?  Whoever we are … Continue reading “we’ve just forgotten that we belong to each other” Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries

Candy Chang – my new favourite TED talk :) Before I die I want to…

I really love public art, and particularly this new variety of public art as community development, which I’ve done a bit of work studying.   It’s probably one of the reasons I like graphic facilitation.   I did a project in a community development class that had to do with this amazing organization, Broken City Lab.   And one of my favourite projects for some time has been this “I Wish This Was…” concept, although I didn’t really pay attention to who had organized it – I think I was just busy at the time… But it was, of course, Candy Chang.   … Continue reading Candy Chang – my new favourite TED talk 🙂 Before I die I want to…

David Pitonyak: The Importance of Belonging, Vancouver, Oct 2012

David is one of my favourite presenters and thinkers, and this topic is one that he speaks about passionately and knowledgeably.   He has also become a good friend and I look forward to his visits to Vancouver each autumn.   We had been in a session the previous day during which Avril Orloff and I had done tandem graphic facilitation and as we drove to the auditorium we talked about it and he said how much he enjoyed it and I said I wished we’d got someone in to do graphic facilitation for this presentation and then our friend Barb Goode … Continue reading David Pitonyak: The Importance of Belonging, Vancouver, Oct 2012