Hi everyone! I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day weekend! Over the weekend, I was invited to participate in a Strategic Design Conference organized by Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City. The theme of the conference was, “Convergence x Design: Strange Proximities and Unexpected Conversations” and it was exactly that: people from different sectors, backgrounds, and perspectives coming together to brainstorm ideas about how design can inform, influence, and empower. The conference was inspired by the radical, political, and social changes happening around the world and the role that designers can play as positive change agents. I’m humbled to have been able to participate. Take a look at the visual notes I captured of the conversations below!
And one important highlight:
Have you ever wanted to explain something to someone but couldn’t find the words? Well, you’re in luck! I’m teaching a course on visual note-taking with The Lemon Collective DC on Saturday, January 20th at 11AM! In this course, you’ll learn:
– How to use visual processing theory to improve your visual communication
– How to use visuals to boost memory retention, develop creative ideas, and share knowledge quickly & effectively
– How to draw out basic concepts and ideas
– How to tell a visual story with simple shapes, symbols, and visual cues
Some examples of visuals you’ll learn how to draw:
As evaluators, we know that learning from evaluation occurs when the process is rooted in partnership and is accommodating to different learning styles. That’s why Michael Quinn Patton (Founder and CEO of Utilization-Focused Evaluation) and I collaborated to share key findings from Michael’s recently published book, Facilitating Evaluation, in a creative and engaging way. In his book, Michael outlines five principles for facilitating evaluation:
- Be guided by the personal factor
- Engage through options
- Observe, interpret, adapt
- Embed evaluative thinking throughout
- Facilitate to the leading edge
- For auditory learners, tune into this MQPodcast which includes a conversation between Michael and me about Michael’s reflections on the book.
- For tactile learners, take a look at some of the experiential learning techniques Michael describes in his book (some of which are included in the visuals below).
- For visual learners, take a look at the visuals I created that detail the five principles of facilitating evaluation that Michael outlines in his book below:
Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Last week, I attended the Training Resources Group (TRG)’s Effective Facilitation training. I learned how to deal with difficult behaviors, how to create an environment for optimal brainstorming, and how to use the power of silence to drive reflection and learning. Take a look at the visual I created from day 1 of the course!
Hi there! A few weeks ago, I attended the Special Olympics Inclusive Health Forum in Washington, DC. I learned so much from the advocates, policymakers, and leaders in the room. Take a look below at some of the visuals I created for the Forum (if you can’t tell, I really enjoy what I do!)
Hi all! Yesterday, I helped TA a course at Johns Hopkins University on Improving Global Public Health Through Knowledge Application, Continuous Learning, and Adaptation. I led a World Cafe session on visual note-taking as an approach for capturing and sharing knowledge. I was so impressed by the skills and creativity in the room. There was a great deal of interest in the session, so I thought I’d share the visual note-taking handout I created along with the notes from the day. The notes below include presentations by Piers Bocock on Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA), Tara Sullivan on the S-Process, and Eva Schiffer on Net Mapping.
Hello! It’s been a while. I hope you are all doing well. I’m so thrilled to be sharing the visuals I created for a recent report that my colleagues at USAID LEARN, Matt Baker and Laura Ahearn, wrote about the landscape of learning agendas at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). To learn more about the initiative, take a look at Matt’s and Laura’s blog post and stay tuned for more updates on learning agendas from USAID’s Learning Lab. Let me know what you think of the visuals below:
Hi friends! I hope the last few days of 2016 are wrapping up nicely for you. Earlier this year, I attended the American Evaluation Association’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of this year’s conference was: “Evaluation + Design.” My biggest take away from the conference was the heavy focus on learning. There’s quite a lot to sift through here, so I’ll let the visuals speak for themselves. As always, if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the sessions I attended, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.