What? Graphic facilitation (live drawing) for events and meetings at The New School in New York.
My role: Graphic facilitator.
“Graphic facilitation is the process of translating complex concepts into a visual language of words and pictures and recording them in real time. This strategy can be a very effective way to summarize and communicate complex ideas and to allow participants to see and internalize the big picture of a discussion or presentation.” (Donella Meadows Institute)
During my time at The New School in New York, I was asked to do graphic facilitation for events and meetings arranged by the Parsons board, the School of Design Strategies, Milano School for Public Engagement, and the Verge conference arranged by the Transdisciplinary Design program. The assignment included visual as well as written sense-making of what was said, made and/or experienced during the events or meetings. This way, creating an in-the-moment cognitive-aesthetic interpretation of “a system” of ideas, people and happenings.
Themes and topics included the strategic direction of Parsons overall, the future of management education at The New School, design as a tool for organizational development within corporations, and the concept of invisibility in relation to the design field.
In the Systems thinking resources section of the Donella Meadows Institute website, they break down the process of graphic facilitation with the following picture. I would not label the steps in a linear way however, as the thinking and making as in all art practice are deeply intertwined and performed in a non-linear fashion.
Photographs by David West
Photographs by Mashal Khan
Photographs above by Diego Ledezma Perez
Photographs above by Mashal Khan
Photograph above by Diego Ledezma Perez