Back to Visual Work and ThinkingSee also Graphic Recording 101 Workshop

Note: This page started as part of an offering at Nexus U. The workshop is intended to be embedded before or during the early part of a larger event that uses whole systems and emergent facilitation practices.
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"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso

Workshop Description:

Are you the kind of person who loves working with groups, who is interested in finding new ways to apply your listening and recording skills, and who learns best from doing and reflecting? Are you intrigued about the role of visuals in our group interactions and learning, especially in the context of whole systems change methods such as The World Cafe, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space? If so, you are invited to join a small group of like-minded people to develop your own practice in graphic recording (you can see some examples here ). Graphic recording (also called graphic facilitation) at its most basic is capturing what is happening in a group or presentation. (To learn more, see )

We’ll take a glimpse into the world of graphic recording, provide time to experiment and play with a range of tools and techniques, and explore how they can support a variety of whole systems change methods. You can take this “dive” just to explore, or you can apply what you learn right away and put pen to paper! We can connect informally during the events to share, reflect and learn from our work. We'll also share photos of our work online afterward for any final feedback and reflection.

If you are new to the practice of graphic recording, you may want to check out the examples linked on this page. PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED TO SELF IDENTIFY AS AN ARTIST TO JOIN THE FUN! You will, however, be strongly encouraged to leave your inner critic at the door.

Workshop Agenda:

Supplies you may wish to bring:

  • A sketchbook
  • Digital camera (if you have one – we will also take pictures and share on the web)
  • A jump drive to copy pictures we share with each other
  • If you plan to continue recording, bring a bag to tote your supplies in – I like something light I can sling over my shoulder. I use smaller zip plastic bags inside to store my pens
  • We’ll provide pens and chalk, and pencils. If you want to bring your own favorite pens, please do. You may wish to put labels on them if you want to make sure they don’t get mixed in with others’ supplies


  • Dress comfortably and in clothes that you won’t worry about if they get pen marks on them. Almost all the pens we’ll use are water-based, but sometimes it is hard to get the pen marks out of white clothes. For when you are doing your practice session, dress in clothes that allow you to move easily as we often have to get up on chairs to tape up paper, reach and squat to the floor.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. This is good advice in general, but again, you want to be comfortable on your feet when doing graphic recording
  • Go to and explore some of the links I’ve gathered for us

COME PREPARED TO HAVE FUN! This is totally hands on and participatory. You will get the most out of it if you jump in and JUST DO IT!

Visual Methods Resources



Nancy White of Full Circle Associates will host an exploration of graphic recording and facilitation as part of a variety of whole systems methods. Nancy is an online and offline facilitator who has been expanding her facilitation practice to include graphics. (You can see some of Nancy's work here