Graphic recorders

I would love to have the skills required to be a graphic recorder or a graphic facilitator. Visual images can be very powerful and I find that using drawings and visual images very helpful in facilitating workshops or discussions. As my drawings are pretty hopeless I mainly get participants to draw (e.g. in World Cafes) and sometimes their notes are great.

Graphic recorders and facilitators take it to a whole other level.

Photo by Nancy White http://flic.kr/p/U7wAb

Graphic recorders create a visual record of a meeting or discussion and graphic facilitators actually facilitate the discussion as well as record it.

Here is a short 1 minute introduction to graphic facilitation (although it looks more like graphic recording to me)

and here is a clip with a few other examples.

These types of graphic skills are also increasingly used in presentations too. One of my favourites is the Story of Stuff.

If you want to find out a bit more about becoming a graphic recorder, Christina Merkley has put together some answers to frequently asked questions.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), environmentalist, Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace & sustainability.
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