Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Resource List: Graphic Facilitation and World Café

What is Graphic Facilitation and Recording?

Graphics can be used to capture what people are saying during meetings or events in a powerful way. Think of these statistics: 87% of the population are visual and kinesthetic learners - people retain around 65% of what they see and only 15% of auditory concepts. The use of graphics promotes lasting images and retention of ideas. There are large graphic templates that can be used, or a graphic facilitator or recorder can capture what is happening on blank paper. Using these methods can help groups think in the moment. Capturing ideas graphically can also add value and meaning to a group’s work after an event.

For more information about graphic facilitation and recording go to:
• Make your Mark Graphic Facilitation – she is phasing out graphic training, and will be coming out with training materials for purchase in 2009,
• The Grove, offers training and sells graphic templates,
• Crowley and Company, offers training and graphic facilitation and recording,
• International Forum of Visual Practitioners – has a directory,
• The Center for Graphic Facilitation, and
• Mindmapping

What is a World Café?

This method is based upon the discovery that by combining a welcoming space and physical environment that resembles a café with questions that matter -- you promote authentic conversations among people which leads to inspired action. Questions are posed to groups for discussion, with participants moving from table to table while a host stays behind to cross pollinate discussions. For more information about the World Café go to:

On this site there are a lot of materials for hosting a World Café and a directory of Café Facilitators and Graphic Facilitators. From the homepage click on people and then global directory to search.

• The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter by Juanita Brown with David Isaacs and the World Café Community
• Visual Thinking Tools for Mapping Your Ideas by Nancy Margulies and Christine Valenza
• Mapping Inner Space Second Edition: Learning and Teaching Visual Mapping by Nancy Margulies with Nusa Maal

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