Graphic recording is a great facilitation tool, capturing workshop and conference proceedings visually. Visual thinking is holistic and efficient – ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ helping us to grasp and retain complex and interlinking concepts quickly.
Graphic recording is engaging and is especially useful for:
- visual thinkers (about 65% of the population)
- people who don’t have strong literacy skills. Australia’s functional literacy is quite low with the ABS indicating that 47% of Australian adults have trouble with literacy
- people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, where visual story telling has very ancient roots, and
- people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds where English proficiency may be varied and meanings may be contested (this occurs in visual meanings too, but it actually becomes easy to talk about and address). 49% of Australians were either born overseas or have parents who were born overseas and 21% of Australians speak another language at home.
Graphic recording tells the story and encapsulates key points that would otherwise need pages of text to express. It is highly engaging to see your words summarised graphically before your eyes. This process also builds trust as the recording of the conversation is visual and seen by all in real time.
I am IAP2 accredited (International Association for Public Participation) and have completed both the International and Australasian Certificates in Engagement. I am part of the Australasian Facilitation Network community, and also work in alliance with Curious Minds Co. I worked as the Senior Program Officer for Brisbane City Council’s Community Engagement Centre of Excellence for six years.
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