Michelle Laurie

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Sense making, friend making and glaciers

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That was a great conference!” ” How could I resist? Here is a bit of our story. You can also see the tweets and some images at #IGSKTM.

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Graphic Facilitation 2015 – Skills, Innovation and Fun!

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I am very excited to be co-hosting the  6 th  Annual Graphic Facilitation Workshop  in Rossland, BC July 13-14 th , 2015. What is it exactly?

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New! Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 13-14, 2015

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I am very excited to announce we are offering a graphic facilitation workshop July 13-14, 2015. More information here:  [link].

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What would a family friendly community meeting look like (besides noisy)?

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Recently, I attended a public meeting held at the local community hall to share the latest findings from a city budget engagement process.

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Blogging as Reflective Practice on this Sunny Monday Morning

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I started this blog in 2007 as a way to keep in touch with a remote team while working in the field in West Africa. What could I improve on? 

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Graphic Facilitation Workshop September 23-24, 2013 – Registration Open!

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Warming up at Graphic Facilitation workshop. I am pleased to announce that there will be a Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, B.C., More info?

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Personal reflections on 2013

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Looking back, these are my top five highlights: Becoming a Mom. Embracing Community. Thank you. Rediscovering Yoga. brought yoga back into my life. 

What is collaboration?

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Have you ever collaborated with someone yet didn’t feel like it was quite collaboration?

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A quick harvest from Art of Hosting Water Dialogues

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I recently experienced 2.5 days doing of joint training with The Art of Hosting and Waterlution called the Water Dialogues. What do I mean?

Prepping for a Think Tank Presentation

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Whether individual participants believe and can demonstrate that their knowledge and skills have benefitted from the time invested; and.

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Applying Graphic Facilitation in New Contexts

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wondered if graphic facilitation may be useful in this context and explained a bit about what I could offer.  An artist also volunteered. 

Changing the landscape…

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Visually Planning Using a Mind Map. It’s fall in Canada and a season full of change. On the practical side of planning there is lots to do!

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My Harvest from a Think Tank on Assessing Collaboration

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Don’t get caught in the tangle of terminology between learning networks, knowledge networks, CoPs. Relationship among group of organizations.

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Participatory Facilitation Techniques

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A few weeks ago I facilitated a 1.5 day meeting for young leaders on the topic of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT).  Concurrent Thematic Discussions.

Ode to Rossland

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Rossland, B.C. image by freshots.ca, Steve Hilts. work from a home office in this beautiful mountain town in southern British Columbia.  I recently wrote a post about feeling isolated so I thought it only right to also share why most of the time, I am grateful! Here are 10 reasons why I love Rossland: 1. Miso, chia seeds as well as the staples. 4.

Key questions for planning a 5 day scientific symposium

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Here are the questions I’m planning to ask: What are the 3-5 key objectives of the symposium?  (as specific as possible). Field of study. Donors.

Aha moments…thanks to the metaphor!

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In the field of knowledge management, complexity and changing organizations, it’s easy to have conversations where one person is talking past another. Have you ever stood there wondering what a colleague is trying to explain while they seem really sure of what they are saying? One way to help clarify concepts is to use metaphors. Please share!

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Wow!

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This is a spring person – good for illustrating energy, fun and youthfulness! We worked with over forty people from around B.C., Rosviz13.

One week until Graphic Facilitation Workshops

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Good Morning People! This is a week of anticipation…before a very exciting week of fun. and Vancouver, BC (1st time!). Find out more at:  [link].

Guidelines for Knowledge Partnerships

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The Asian Development Bank has recently released “Guidelines for Knowledge Partnerships”, a report prepared by Heather Creech of IISD and myself.  We hope those of you currently working with partners, or building more formal networks and consortia of organizations will find these guidelines helpful.

Should I Work For Free?

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Shouting out to all the consultants in the world, have you been asked to work for free?  Do you sometimes ask others to work for free? Lessons learned?

Sustainability: Rear View Mirror and Crystal Ball

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Given I am usually making presentations for others or coaching clients on messages for their presentations, I was excited to write my own talk.

Reflections of a home-based consultant living on the edge of the woods

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“Be patient.  Good things come to those who wait.”. Yes, I am feeling a little isolated. My small town on the edge of the woods.

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Learning, community values and my skills – this is what I can bring to The Kootenay Coop Board

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I am running for the board of the Kootenay Co-op and would love to have your vote. Below I summarize each reason in brief: 1. Learning. 2.

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Drawing on walls update!

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Our graphic recording from #Etug keynote by @cogdog in Nelson, B.C. June 2, 2011. Below are a few pics from the experience.

Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 13-15, 2011

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Canada taking place July 13-15, 2011. days of writing on walls, thinking visually and having fun together. Full details below! Who should attend?

Graphic Facilitation – I want to see more!

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Graphic Recording example, Michael Hepher, 2009. first was asked to engage in drawing at a KM4Dev workshop in 2006.

Graphic Facilitation Workshop is Just Around the Corner…

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The early bird deadline is past, but we are sending out the word at a couple of face to face workshops in the next few weeks and the time to commit is NOW! Nancy White and I have learned so many new things this year that we want to share. We are expecting great, diverse interactions. We have a few more spaces available so MAKE YOUR MOVE!

Climate Change 201 in the making

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The animation was intended to replace the need for a long powerpoint explaining how the climate works and what the modeling was telling us. The key message was : Be ready for a future that is different from the past!  It was a great workshop starter and people appreciated the short synopsis. What metaphors might tap into peoples’ imagination?

Workshop Alert – Rosviz is back!

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I am excited to announce the 3rd annual graphic facilitation workshop (aka Rosviz!) in beautiful Rossland, BC, Canada, July 18-20th, 2012. Drawing on Walls at the 2011 Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, B.C. You are invited to this experiential workshop which takes place almost entirely at the drawing surface! Step out of the PowerPoint rut!

I support the protest….keep the Internet free and open

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Thanks for commenting and more

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My icons on networks, connections and strategy. As I blog into 2012, it’s important to reflect on what I hope to achieve with my blog this year. First, blogging is a personal practice where I reflect on work and ideas that intrigue me. Third, how are people finding my blog and how can I improve this?

Facilitation Resource Alert

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Hello facilitators and non-facilitators! This is a deck of 91 cards describing ways to host, facilitate, and participate in an effective meeting. The site  provides nine suggested uses from preparing a facilitated event to post-event reflection and getting un-stuck. The cards are another ‘tangible and tactile’ (i.e. beyond online!)

DIY Wall Board for Graphic Facilitation

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A few months back I posted a question on the International Forum of Visual Practitioners Linked In Group asking: Has anyone made a portable ‘wall’ (that fits into a car) to bring to meetings that don’t have great walls and if so, do you have tips or a guide to share? The backside was plain white. Aha – my chance!!

Reaching out via Twitter

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In the last couple months I have come across an info graphic on Twitter that is definitely worth sharing. Thanks to  @SocialBttrfly   for reposting yesterday. Original source: [link]. Tweet on Tuesdays for maximum viewing. I am not alone on Twitter, 1 billion tweets go out every week. The info graphic may help boost confidence in your skeptics.

From the field: tips for policy engagement

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Samoan Circle Discussion on Policy Engagement with ADB, UN-Habitat, ICIMOD and MOUD (Nepal). Consider who is the best gatekeeper?

Rosviz 2015 – Guest Blog

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By Guest Blogger Lisa Thiessen. Guest Blogger and Social Reporter Lisa Thiessen demonstrates tape tricks! What’s in it for the people in the room?

Making sure your research doesn’t sit on the shelf: my recent experience in South Asia

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Getting your research into action! It’s an exciting initiative that I’m looking forward to working with. What exactly will I do?

Volunteer project complete – what did I learn?

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Besides, it sounded like an interesting project and very different from my usual environment and development focused work. The project is now complete.

Linking research to policy – my new project

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For anyone who knows me, this sounds like a dream! Don’t you feel overwhelmed just reading the list of available and suggested tools? I do.