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The Power of ‘Co’: The Smart Leaders’ Guide to Collaborative Governance

Are you interested in finding a way of working with diverse stakeholders to co-create enduring solutions to complex issues? This 2012 book is about Collaborative Governance, or the Power of ‘Co’. This book provides real evidence of the benefits of collaboration as well as a theoretical framework on which to build the capacity of organisations and individuals to collaborate more often and more effectively to address dilemmas and find solutions that stick. Collaborative Governance demands the sharing of both power and trust. It also requires a […] (continue)

Karina Mullen, Graphic Recorder and Facilitation

Karina Mullen is a visual facilitator and graphic recorder based in Fort Collins, Colorado. “Visual facilitation” is a method of visual note-taking; simply put, Karina listens to your group talk and captures key ideas from the conversation/meeting/presentation/etc. She uses hand-drawn images and text to make a large map of your ideas in real-time. Using graphic recording helps the group synthesize information, facilitates collaboration, creative thinking, and brings energy to the group. Complex systems are visualized and the conversation is organized so that you can free […] (continue)

Rebecca Lazenby, Graphic Facilitator

Rebecca Lazenby is a freelance visual practitioner and graphic recorder. At events, meetings, and conferences she captures conversations using words and images that reflect and record ideas. Rebecca links, reflects and communicates ideas using words and pictures – her work with groups generates a visual language that anchors activities and she help clients to structure ideas and information and create dynamic communications materials. She tries to tell a story of the day with her images and has worked at many community engagement events where graphic recording […] (continue)

Reilly Dow, Graphic Recorder

Reilly Dow is a graphic recorder currently based in Austin, TX, with roots in Toronto and Mexico City as well. She work with clients to create visual representations of conversations, meetings and other events in real time. The idea is that all participants feel acknowledged and recognize the importance of their active participation. Graphic recording also increases understanding, productivity and creativity, and facilitates systems thinking. Learn more about Reilly’s work at www.pinkfish.ca. For a copy of her portfolio or to start a conversation, email Reilly at […] (continue)

IFVP Map of Visual Practitioners

The International Forum of Visual Practitioners has a wonderful map of their members that anyone can access!  Looking for a graphic recorder for an upcoming conference or event?  Click on the state you’re holding your event in and see who’s nearby.  You’ll find their contact info, website address, bio, and more. Those of you who have attended NCDD conferences know that we rely on graphic recorders to bring the ideas that germinate at our conferences to life.  You can see a nice overview of how we’ve used […] (continue)

A Nation in Debt: How Can We Pay the Bills? (NIF Issue Guide)

A National Issues Forums issue guide, A Nation in Debt: How Can We Pay the Bills? (2011) outlines the effect of the growing national debt on our society and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. […] (continue)

Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life into Stories of the Dead

Bereavement Support Groups: Breathing Life into Stories of the Dead is a must-read for therapists, grief counselors, facilitators, and anyone who has lost a loved one. This book fills the gap between the challenges to conventional grief psychology and the practice of bereavement counseling. The deceased person has often been left behind in counseling conversations, requiring the bereaved to distance themselves from honoring memories that could soothe their heartache. Ironically, the stories about the dead person have not featured prominently in the grief experience. The […] (continue)

Group Works Deck: A Pattern Language Tool

This deck of 91 full-color cards distills the core wisdom of the field: what skilled facilitators do over and over again to make things work. The content is more specific than values, and less specific than tips and techniques, cutting across existing methodologies with a designer’s eye to capture patterns that repeat. The deck can be used to plan sessions, reflect on and debrief from them, provide guidance mid-stride, and share responsibility for making the process go well. In addition to the card set (which […] (continue)

Group Decision Tips

Each of Craig Freshley’s free Group Decision Tips is a quick one-page read that helps improve group efficiency, productivity, and creativity. At www.groupdecisiontips.com you can view a complete index of over 150 Tips and download PDF handouts of your favorites. Freshley is an NCDD blogger, and has shared some of his tips on the NCDD Community blog. Each Tip begins with a principle – a core concept, and ends with a practical tip – something that you and your group can do to bring more […] (continue)


Debategraph is a social enterprise that combines argument visualization with collaborative wiki editing to make the best arguments on all sides of every complex public debate freely available to all, and continuously open to challenge and improvement by all. It was co-founded by Peter Baldwin and David Price, who have been collaborating on Debategraph’s development on opposites sides of the world over the last five years –  and is evolving continuously towards the fulfilment of our long term vision for a new form of public communication. For a […] (continue)