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Decoding complexity using graphic recording

Authored by John Ashton, lead graphic recorder

During a recent assignment for Scribing Magic, I was asked by @TripwireInc to graphically record* two Information Security events over the course of three days (#InfoSec15 and #BSidesLDN2015).

*Graphic recording is the art of capturing the key thoughts, ideas and discussions that happen during meetings and events. This is achieved using hand-drawn images and text created live in real time to produce visual records that act as aide memoirs for participants and a way of understanding what happened for those that were unable to attend. Continue Reading…

It is not about drawing a pretty picture or the quality of artistic achievement. Graphic recording is about supporting group thinking and making thoughts visible.

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Graphic recording works when it is done in service to the group.

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Is creativity in meetings a waste of time?

We support all types of creativity in meetings.

We support all types of creativity in meetings.

There seems to be an increasing desire to include creative ways of interacting within meetings. There is positive thinking on this and there are those who feel that adding creativity into meetings is a distraction and unhelpful. Continue Reading…

Can virtual meetings be visual?

Virtual working is more the norm. Do it well!

Virtual working is more the norm. Do it well!

With the growth of tablet technology we are absolutely able to support your virtual meetings with visual communications and graphic recording. Having visual virtual meetings will not only make that individual meeting stronger but will help address some of the stress of the global versus local issue.

Virtual meetings can work for worldwide organisations or for smaller organisations that have chosen to work in distributed teams and work group. Virtual meetings are becoming a norm in many companies. Doing it well is not yet a norm, which can undermine successful conversations and overall communications. Continue Reading…

What word sums up high-quality graphic recording?

There is a lot of focus within the graphic recording community about what constitutes good recording and what do we call ourselves and what do we really offer our clients. These are all important conversations and we support those discussions. That said, I helped train Meeting Magic’s Advanced Facilitation workshop these past few days. Interestingly, none of those topics came up from our clients. But there was one word we kept hearing and talking about.

Complexity! Continue Reading…

What to do when transparency and clarity go opaque.

We frequently see rows of binders on shelves in our clients offices. The titles reveal a lot. These range from ‘Strategy 2020’ to ‘2013 Business Review’ to ‘Regional Action Plans’ and etc. etc. etc. What happened with these reports? Who created them and why? How much time and resource was spent creating these reports? Are they still being used and referenced? What was learned? What was not learned?

Equally, groups and organisations are increasingly talking about transparency and clarity in their work and with their stakeholders. Continue Reading…

How do you sustain institutional knowledge?

One of the major challenges organisations face in our modern, fast-paced, ever-changing world is sustaining, and indeed, improving institutional knowledge. How do individuals, groups, teams, managers and leaders stay on top of the mountains of information, conversations, data and input in a way that helps the organisation stay in touch with what it knows.

One answer is reports. Another is white papers. Another is keeping mounds of card deck presentations. And so it goes. Keeping it all together and in a way that is useful is nearly impossible, it would seem. Continue Reading…