Michelle Laurie

Sense making, friend making and glaciers

Michelle Laurie

About a year ago, I was asked if I could help make a traditional scientific symposium ( International Glaciology Symposium on High Mountain Asia ) into something different.

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Graphic Facilitation 2015 – Skills, Innovation and Fun!

Michelle Laurie

I am very excited to be co-hosting the 6 th Annual Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, BC July 13-14 th , 2015. Have you noticed how companies and organizations are using visuals more and more in the way they communicate with customers, employees and communities?

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Trending Sources

New! Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 13-14, 2015

Michelle Laurie

I am very excited to announce we are offering a graphic facilitation workshop July 13-14, 2015. This is the 6th annual ‘rosviz’ gathering taking place in the mountain setting of beautiful Rossland, British Columbia. We have sold out the last 2 years so register early to secure your spot!

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

Michelle Laurie

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

Michelle Laurie

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. Over the years, I have found it very useful to reflect on my work, reflect on my learning and share interesting things that I’ve come across with the blogosphere.

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

Michelle Laurie

Warming up at Graphic Facilitation workshop. I am pleased to announce that there will be a Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, B.C., Canada September 23-24th, 2013! Otherwise known as #Rosviz, this will be our fourth offering in this beautiful mountain location.

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Personal reflections on 2013

Michelle Laurie

As the New Year gets rolling, I took a few minutes to reflect on the last 12 months. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while and despite it already being 2014, it’s better late than never.

What is collaboration?

Michelle Laurie

Have you ever collaborated with someone yet didn’t feel like it was quite collaboration? Perhaps you received a contribution or a comment or an input that was interesting yet didn’t make a substantive difference to the end product?

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A quick harvest from Art of Hosting Water Dialogues

Michelle Laurie

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

Prepping for a Think Tank Presentation

Michelle Laurie

I am preparing for the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference June 11 in Toronto, Canada.

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Applying Graphic Facilitation in New Contexts

Michelle Laurie

A few weeks ago I answered an advert asking for a volunteer to visualize a training session on building self-esteem and improving mental health for women who are sexually exploited in Nepal.

Changing the landscape…

Michelle Laurie

Visually Planning Using a Mind Map. It’s fall in Canada and a season full of change. The leaves change colour, the temperature cools and the wind picks up! I love change and I love fall. This year we are inspired to change our landscape and experience a different culture for a few months.

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My Harvest from a Think Tank on Assessing Collaboration

Michelle Laurie

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has worked for over a decade on research and capacity building for performance assessment and improvement of collaboration in order to help partnerships partner, alliances ally and networks work.

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Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Michelle Laurie

A few weeks ago I facilitated a 1.5 day meeting for young leaders on the topic of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT). The CRT is an international agreement between Canada and the United States which governs how water is managed in our region (You can learn more at www.cbt.org/crt).

Ode to Rossland

Michelle Laurie

Rossland, B.C. image by freshots.ca, Steve Hilts. I 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. Rossland is a winter town – people come to town, walk the streets and are happier when it snows, including me!

Key questions for planning a 5 day scientific symposium

Michelle Laurie

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Aha moments…thanks to the metaphor!

Michelle Laurie

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. Yesterday on Twitter (via @NancyWhite ) I saw this example that visually illustrates the difference between data, information, presentation and knowledge.

Wow!

Michelle Laurie

This is a spring person – good for illustrating energy, fun and youthfulness! That is how I felt after doing two graphic facilitation workshops back to back. It’s been about two weeks but I’m still feeling all the positive vibes that the workshops brought on.

Guidelines for Knowledge Partnerships

Michelle Laurie

The Asian Development Bank has recently released “Guidelines for Knowledge Partnerships”, a report prepared by Heather Creech of IISD and myself. This is a major step forward in our thinking on how to set up and manage partnerships that are primarily for the purposes of the generation and exchange of knowledge.

One week until Graphic Facilitation Workshops

Michelle Laurie

Good Morning People! This is a week of anticipation…before a very exciting week of fun. We are 7 days away from hosting 2 graphic facilitation workshops. We have the annual RosViz event in Rossland, BC (4 time!) and Vancouver, BC (1st time!).

Should I Work For Free?

Michelle Laurie

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?

Sustainability: Rear View Mirror and Crystal Ball

Michelle Laurie

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel at the 5th Building Sustainable Communities conference that reflected back on Rio (1992) and looked ahead to Rio+20 in terms of sustainability.

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

Michelle Laurie

“Be patient. Good things come to those who wait.”. This is the Chinese fortune cookie wisdom I received Sunday night after eating out in a town nearby. The town of 10,000 people is the hub of the region I live in which most likely has more trees, wildlife and clean running water than it does people.

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

Michelle Laurie

I am running for the board of the Kootenay Co-op and would love to have your vote. You may be wondering why I want to volunteer with this group. In short it comes down to learning, community values and I believe I can make a strong contribution with my skills.

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Drawing on walls update!

Michelle Laurie

Our graphic recording from #Etug keynote by @cogdog in Nelson, B.C. June 2, 2011. It’s been an exciting month for me as a novice visual practitioner.

Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 13-15, 2011

Michelle Laurie

Graphic Agenda for climate change think tank made by 2010 workshop participants - Learning in Action! I am pleased to invite you to the 2nd annual graphic facilitation workshop in Rossland, B.C., Canada taking place July 13-15, 2011.

Graphic Facilitation – I want to see more!

Michelle Laurie

Graphic Recording example, Michael Hepher, 2009. I first was asked to engage in drawing at a KM4Dev workshop in 2006. The hosts used a technique called river of life, a visual narrative method that helps people tell stories of the past, present and future.

Graphic Facilitation Workshop is Just Around the Corner…

Michelle Laurie

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. There is much to learn from the group as well as so far the folks who have signed up are fascinating and a few are far flung! We are expecting great, diverse interactions. We have a few more spaces available so MAKE YOUR MOVE!

Climate Change 201 in the making

Michelle Laurie

In 2010, with the help of creative colleagues ( Ingrid Liepa and Zeb Hansell ) I pulled together a short animation on climate change science for the Columbia Basin. I was coordinating a three year project on helping local governments to adapt to the impacts of climate change and created this animation to kick off our community and local government workshops with baseline information.

Workshop Alert – Rosviz is back!

Michelle Laurie

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! We’ll start the evening of July18th by warming up our drawing muscles and silencing those pesky inner censors.

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

Michelle Laurie

Thanks for commenting and more

Michelle Laurie

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. The act of blogging forces me to consolidate my thoughts, articulate them and share. As an independent consultant, I don’t have office colleagues to do this with at the water cooler hence blogging is my metaphorical water cooler.

Facilitation Resource Alert

Michelle Laurie

Hello facilitators and non-facilitators! Where do you look for ideas, inspiration and validation when you want to design, host or facilitate a great meeting? I have a set of people, books and weblinks that I often go to when I get started on a new project that involves facilitation of a meeting/workshop/conference/etc. Recently, thanks to Full Circle Associates , I was led to a website that shares the Group Pattern Language Deck.

DIY Wall Board for Graphic Facilitation

Michelle Laurie

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? People shared loads of ideas including buying walls from Neuland or Athenaeum as well as home made ideas such as using foam core, gatorboard, and rigid insulation to name a few.

Reaching out via Twitter

Michelle Laurie

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]. As a recently new ‘tweeter’ (6 months) these stats are helpful in understanding the power of Twitter and how to harness that power. I have learnt: Tweet between 9-11am or 1-3pm. Tweet on Tuesdays for maximum viewing. I am not alone on Twitter, 1 billion tweets go out every week.

From the field: tips for policy engagement

Michelle Laurie

Samoan Circle Discussion on Policy Engagement with ADB, UN-Habitat, ICIMOD and MOUD (Nepal). I have recently been reflecting on a knowledge sharing and learning session I organized in Nepal in March 2015 on the topic of Policy Engagement.

From the field: tips for policy engagement

Michelle Laurie

Samoan Circle Discussion on Policy Engagement with ADB, UN-Habitat, ICIMOD and MOUD (Nepal). I have recently been reflecting on a knowledge sharing and learning session I organized in Nepal in March 2015 on the topic of Policy Engagement.

Rosviz 2015 – Guest Blog

Michelle Laurie

By Guest Blogger Lisa Thiessen. Guest Blogger and Social Reporter Lisa Thiessen demonstrates tape tricks! You might have heard about graphic facilitation, been in a meeting with visuals as part of the process, or simply wondered what all the fuss is about.

Rosviz 2015 – Guest Blog

Michelle Laurie

By Guest Blogger Lisa Thiessen. Guest Blogger and Social Reporter Lisa Thiessen demonstrates tape tricks! You might have heard about graphic facilitation, been in a meeting with visuals as part of the process, or simply wondered what all the fuss is about.

Graphic Facilitation 2015 – Skills, Innovation and Fun!

Michelle Laurie

I am very excited to be co-hosting the 6 th Annual Graphic Facilitation Workshop in Rossland, BC July 13-14 th , 2015. Have you noticed how companies and organizations are using visuals more and more in the way they communicate with customers, employees and communities?