On the 1st October 2015 Engage Visually were delighted to be partners of the Clic+ Conference 2015 held by Robinson College, University of Cambridge.
This conference, for conference organisors, is aimed to help with the latest best practice and ideas to maximise delegate engagement. Here is a link to a short video from the day and follow the link to access the full website for Robinson’s College Clic+
The Annual Charity Dinner was supporting The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) this year and raised over £2500.00. Below is the Graphic recording of Michael McGraths, CEO of the (MHF), after dinner speech. The aim of the charity is to provide 657 life changing experiences for people with a Muscular Dystrophy disorder. Do check in on their website http://www.musclehelp.com
We created graphic records on the day of the workshops and the speakers. The content weaved through creative ways of engaging delegates to ecological and environmental thinking behind events.
The work of a graphic facilitator is not always easy to explain because there are so many potential ways of working. The landscape is populated with almost endless possibilities, many of which are waiting for the next conundrum that needs solving.
A recent piece of work shows one of these potentials, a graphic record was developed live over a number of different events, a section at a time and then compiled creating a 7.5m graphic record that colourfully captured many conversations centred on a pivotal consultation.
The Education and Training Foundation (The Foundation) were entering an important consultation because they had recently been gifted The Professional Membership Service for those working in the Further Education Sector. In receiving this gift and legacy they needed to look forward, talk and listen to existing and potential members and shape the future of the Membership Service they would be offering and supporting. At Engage Visually we went to a number of sector based events with The Foundation to host conversations and to work on the consultation about the service. As we listened we captured key concepts, ideas and issues and added these to the graphic recordings. At each event a fresh picture emerged and as the picture emerged it would create a focus point of interest. The graphic records would draw people in and they would come across to ‘see’ what was happening; in turn they would often become involved in the discussions themselves. A number of the The Foundation’s staff were involved alongside the graphic facilitator, talking, listening and shaping the graphic recording. The lead for the consultation work at The Foundation, Claire Mitchell, Head of New Business-Programmes and Services, shaped the visual metaphor of the process of a river running through landscape with different tributaries flowing in and out.
Graphic facilitation was one method The Foundation used in the overall consultation, with the aim of engaging people in a dynamic conversation and at the same time creating material that would support further engagement as the process unfolded.
This work with The Foundation was a customised service and whilst there a number of ‘off the peg’ services that will fit many people’s needs we also know that some organisations’ needs will start with a conversation. The conversation will then create and build solutions, solutions that will always be doable, exciting and most importantly, useful.
Below is a link to a great article that is stimulating, engaging, informative and informed about why visual content in sweeping the modern world. It is a great piece about how the emerging wealth of methods are not purely here to be pretty/beautiful or trendy though some of them may be these too. This article provides evidence for how and why visual methods engage, how they help us to connect and make connections. By siting evidence to support the claims for the helpfulness of visual methods is refreshing. Thank you to NeoMam studios for your work 🙂