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Groundwater Infographic a big hit – wins best overall poster award at EPA 2013 Community Involvement Training Conference

This post was submitted by John Blakinger, co-founder of CivilSay (an NCDD organizational member) via the Add-to-Blog form.

On July 12th, I met with the local “Citizens Action Group” in La Pine, Oregon to present the citizen advisory committee recommendations for groundwater protection.

Fortunately, they meet in a legion hall that has no facilities to use a slide show.

Recently Teresa Bidlake of Concepts Captured created an infographic of the story of groundwater protection and we created a vinyl banner of the drawing. Graphic below (see larger version here).

So without my standard PowerPoint crutch, I took the graphic, hung it from some log beams, and used it for the presentation.

Here are some comments from an attendee:

I have heard so many positive comments about John’s presentation at the CAG meeting. Let me tell you folks, he was spot on. He did a great job! Probably one of his best! The other great thing was the graphic. Lots and lots of positive feedback. Some comments were, “Easy to follow”, “You can follow the progression”, “Organizes the process”.

A few days later, Greg Ranstrom and I presented The Moment of Oh! workshop at the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Community Involvement Training Conference in Boston using the graphic as a case study. The infographic won the Best Overall Poster Award. Congratulations Teresa!

This graphic is the perfect example of the core principle “Leave Tracks” described in Greg and my book The Moment of Oh!

Also check out the 3-minute video describing the graphic, or the live blog (recorded) of the EPA session.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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