Michelle Laurie

Great meeting and art? Try Graphic Facilitation

Michelle Laurie

Lovely facilitator drawing by Nancy White, graphic facilitator extraordinaire. I recently read an article that states, “ a new Drexel University study found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body.” ” And apparently everyone can benefit!

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Planning meetings? Can visuals help? Learn the basics at our 2018 Graphic Facilitation Workshop

Michelle Laurie

I’m planning a meeting for May where a group of scientists will come together to plan their reporting on five years of study. In their case they have been monitoring glaciers and snow melt. I am tasked with helping bring together the different studies to come under one technical report.

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Announcing Graphic Facilitation Workshop July 9-10, 2018

Michelle Laurie

This workshop (aka Rosviz) focuses on engaging beyond words. We will learn simple techniques to increase participation, attention and productivity in your meetings and work by utilizing more visual tools.

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Meeting intros…beyond the go around.

Michelle Laurie

A few weeks ago, I got a request from someone new to facilitation asking about a great way to do introductions at a meeting. I have a lot of icebreakers up my sleeve but I was testing out something new at another meeting and had been given some ideas from an online group too.

2017 141

Questions and reflective practice

Michelle Laurie

This morning I came across a resource that really resonated with me. Its geared toward visual practitioners however the idea is pertinent to all facilitators, process designers, strategists and others managing processes for change. You can view it here: [link].

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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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Planning an update, stay tuned!

Michelle Laurie

The year has flown by and I have been neglectful in writing, reflecting and sharing online. However, lots of interesting work has taken place, and shamefully I got caught up in the busy frenzy. On the positive, I was spending more time with people face to face and less time on my computer. Now its time to take a deep breath, consider some of the highlights and articulate these thoughts through my blog.

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More graphic facilitation coming your way Sept 29-30th, 2014

Michelle Laurie

We had a fabulous time hosting 22 people for our 5th annual graphic facilitation workshop in Rossland this July. So much fun and learning took place that I’m doing a second workshop for those who couldn’t join! Please come out to Rossland Sept 29-30 and let your creativity fly.

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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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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.

Sense making with community and an artist in Nepal

Michelle Laurie

Female sex workers ready to train their colleagues with jointly created ‘visual training aid’ (Feb 7, 2014). This blog post follows up from an earlier post I wrote about applying graphic facilitation in new contexts.

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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.

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Tips for Researchers Drafting a Policy Engagement Strategy

Michelle Laurie

Illustration by ‘Tim Hamons’ downloaded from the FB group: Graphic Facilitation. As part of the South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub all national centres are required to draft a policy engagement strategy. This is the metaphorical bridge in the illustration above.

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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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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.

2015 130

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.

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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.

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Volunteer project complete – what did I learn?

Michelle Laurie

When I saw an ad from a researcher wanting to help visualize mental health training for female sex workers in Kathmandu, I thought maybe my graphic facilitation skills could be of use.

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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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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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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.

2015 130

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.

2015 130

Tips for Researchers Drafting a Policy Engagement Strategy

Michelle Laurie

Illustration by ‘Tim Hamons’ downloaded from the FB group: Graphic Facilitation. As part of the South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub all national centres are required to draft a policy engagement strategy. This is the metaphorical bridge in the illustration above.

2015 130

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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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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Key questions for planning a 5 day scientific symposium

Michelle Laurie

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

Michelle Laurie

Getting your research into action! Earlier this year I joined the South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub (K-Hub) made up of research institutes located in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka (one in each country), as their knowledge management specialist.

2014 130

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

Michelle Laurie

Getting your research into action! Earlier this year I joined the South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub (K-Hub) made up of research institutes located in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka (one in each country), as their knowledge management specialist.

2014 130

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.

2013 141

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.

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Volunteer project complete – what did I learn?

Michelle Laurie

When I saw an ad from a researcher wanting to help visualize mental health training for female sex workers in Kathmandu, I thought maybe my graphic facilitation skills could be of use.

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Knowledge Management & Climate Change Adaptation

Michelle Laurie

A few months ago, the KM4Dev Journal put a call out for contributions linking Knowledge Management and Climate Change Adaptation. Given these are two of my most passionate areas of work, I could not resist. I wrote a short story: Lessons on bridging knowledge management with climate change adaptation: a story from southeastern British Columbia, Canada. My goal was to explain some of the jargon and get down to the basics. You can read about it here: [link]. Comments welcome!

Linking research to policy – my new project

Michelle Laurie

I have recently joined an interesting project to establish a South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub (funded by the Asian Development Bank). I will have the opportunity to work with research institutes in Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (to start) on sustainable development issues in the urban sector.

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Announcing the 5th Annual Graphic Facilitation Workshop

Michelle Laurie

Announcing the 5th Annual Graphic Facilitation Workshop. Imagine you are planning a project, facilitating a meeting or writing a report. Adding visuals invites conversation, discussion and exploration. Visuals spark the imagination, help communities plan their futures and help groups track progress.

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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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.

Three roles of a facilitator

Michelle Laurie

I recently came across this short video that gives a quick description of a facilitator. It’s got great visuals, some interesting metaphors and is a good introduction to the fundamentals of a facilitator.

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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?

Reflections on 3 days of graphic facilitation in Rossland, B.C, #rosviz

Michelle Laurie

Rosviz, our annual graphic facilitation workshop in Rossland, B.C. finished July 20 th however I am still buzzing as the ‘harvests’ of the 3 day ‘drawing on walls’ adventure keep rolling in!

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!).