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Graphic Faciliation Workshop Offered in Bay Area

Due in part to the interest expressed by participants at the August NCDD conference in San Francisco, Mariah Howard and Nancy Margulies will be presenting a workshop on Graphic Facilitation in the San Francisco Bay Area in January or February.  Nancy and Mariah graphically facilitated the plenary session on the second day of the conference.

NCDD members will receive a 20% discount on the $150 registration (just let them know you’re an NCDD member when you register). Participants will learn to present their ideas using Mindscaping and Mind Mapping, take notes more effectively, creat attractive flip charts that are clear and memorable and plan projects in a more effective way. Basic drawing skills will be taught as well.

Depending upon numbers the workshop will be either in San Francisco or south of the city, near half Moon Bay. The group size will be limited to 18. The workshop will take place on Sunday, January 7 or Sunday, February 4 (or both!) from 9:30 to 4:30.

To register, contact Nancy Margulies by emailing nm@montara.com or calling 650-728-9287.

The elements of a typical workshop include:

  • 8:30  Demonstration: Making a Mindscape and Mind Map graphic document
  • 8:50  Participants create maps first: words and color only/ debrief
  • 9:15  Break activity: Improvisational theater game
  • 9:30  Symbol drawing demonstration and symbol drawing experiential
  • 10:00 Second Mindscape graphic record demonstrated
  • 10:15 Participants make a map/mindscape using pictures, symbols, cartoons and key words
  • 10:45  Partners share maps
  • 11:00  Break
  • 11:15  Uses of Mindscaping: create a large group map of applications for mapping in professional settings
  • 11:30 Questions and answers about Mindscapes and other forms of graphic note-taking
  • 11:45  Personal planning for future use of Mindscape notes.
  • 12:30 Lunch and Improv activity

In the afternoon you will deepen skills through application to real-life issues and practice of drawing skills. The group learn to create flip charts and overheads to use mapping for presentations and group facilitation. Practice of mapping while listening to a live presentation will also be offered.

During the workshop we will divide into two tracks for the sessions on drawing. That way we can accommodate those who have experience drawing or graphically recording and still offer the basics for those who are beginning. No art skills are required, just a willingness to leave realizing that you CAN draw.

We will work on skills of mapping for personal and professional use and move and by the end of the day  you will have an opportunity to practice mapping live. Skills in lettering and printing on flip charts will also be taught as well as the how-to’s of presenting your own ideas to a group and recording the ideas of others.

Mariah will lead us through some simple Improvisational theater exercises during breaks and you will come away with some activities that you can use with groups you facilitate in the future.

Background information on the presenters:

Mariah Howard is a visual recorder, artist and educator.

Mariah works with corporate and community groups capturing their conversations and presentations in a unique form of note taking called Mindscaping. Her recent clients include British Petroleum, the City of Richmond, The National Leadership Symposium and the National Retail Talent Summit, The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, Palestinian/Israeli Dialogues Contemplative Outreach National Symposium and The Doyle Center for Autism Studies. She has worked and studied in Turkey, Israel, Japan, India and Thailand.

In addition, Mariah performs and teaches Improvisational Theater as well as sketch comedy.

Nancy Margulies works with corporations and educational groups worldwide.  She facilitates meetings and presents ideas using her unique form of graphic representation, Mindscaping. This technique enables Nancy to capture the presentations and discussions in a form that clearly conveys the essential concepts, relationships, and patterns. Mindscapes also make the information more memorable, lending clarity to the ideas presented.

In workshops tailored to meet client needs, Nancy leads strategic planning sessions and teaches others to be more creative, to Mindscape, and to tap their artistic abilities.  Nancy also regularly collaborates with Meg Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science.  Her recent activities include working with Fritjof Capra, Hewlett-Packard, and 3M. She has also worked with President Clinton and the Cabinet and facilitated workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey and South Africa.

Nancy is the author of Visual Thinking and Mapping Inner Space, as well as several instructional videos and comics. Her other works include books on the brain and learning for children and Visual Thinking, Tools for Mapping Your Ideas.

Learn more about Nancy at www.NancyMargulies.com.

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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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