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In TRADITIONAL workplace SETTINGS there are often people whose default setting is creative who almost feel they don't fit in. We make the case that these folks are incredibly needed and we recommend that you listen to them, ask them questions, draw with them. Their insight may show up differently than yours, welcome that.

___________________________graphic novels

  • But I really wanted to be an anthropologist by Margaux Motin

  • Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

  • Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

  • EmiTown by Emi Lenox

  • KoKo Be Good by Jen Wang

  • Johnny Hero by Fred Chao

  • Trashed by 

________________ _____change + complexity

  • Theory U by C.Otto Scharmer

  • Leadership and the New Science by Margaret Wheatley

  • Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  • The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures

________________ ______business + drawing

  • The Doodle Revolution

  • Business Model Generation

  • Visual Meetings: How Graphics Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity by David Sibbet

  • Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

  • The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rhode

__________________________________novels

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  • Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

  • Whatever It Takes by Paul Tough

_______________________________inspiration

  • Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna (long blog post)

  • The Dot by Peter Reynolds

  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

  • Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch

  • Your Job Survival Guide by Gregory Shea & Robert Gunther

  • The Tassajara Bread Book - by Edward Espe Brown

We're hosting a 2 day                          training

Do meetings differently. Do communication differently. Make them matter. Draw it out. It's about connecting people to each other and ideas, not about creating the next Van Gogh. I dare you!

"In one conversation we were able to come leaps and bounds when we were able to expand our language using drawings. The amount of progress would not have happened so quickly without the art. "

excitement

deep seeded belief

upholding values in this mini community formed from a bigger network

What would it take to feel alive at work? What would it feel like if you knew the ins and outs of the entire system you work in? Acknowledging the complexity of the system in which you work can allow you to see it in a whole new way!

The most effective experiences are those in which everyone in the room is able to embrace drawing and other creative methods as tools toward our intended outcome. In other words, we, as the facilitators, are not the only ones drawing + using art in the room. This could look like big mural paper covering the walls (4ft tall x 4 to 6ish ft wide), markers may lay used on the tables, and smiles throughout the room appreciating the fun of our work and anticipating what's to come. 

make art. see complexity. be changed.

this page holds pieces of the process of building a website, as things change, sometimes pieces are archived here for potential future use

"The visuals provided a vehicle and a space for people to jump into something that they weren't nec comfortable with but that they had an emotional or gut reaction to. In this group you have a lot of type A get things done type of folks and everybody was feeling very committed but part of it was no one wanted to say I could do this or that. THe sorting and seeing visual allowed the emotional to meet with the visual. It couldn't have happened without the visual piece. Perhaps also a piece of music or some other art could have worked. This was a really important part of self organizing. I'm not sure we would be where we are if we didn't have those visuals!" - Denise Easton

Questions, ideas, projects and events intended to invoke big questions and deep intention around how we live.

For me, when THINK ABOUT DEATH - LIVE YOUR LIFE

rewrite the stories you tell yourself,

the stories you tell everyone,

the stories you tell no one

upcoming events, questions, ideas, and projects related to life and death. 

past workshops

creativity + horses 

a mini workshop

for coaches, therapists + agents of change

2017

from 9am - 3pm (tbd)

at Pebble Ledge Ranch

outside Cleveland, Ohio

No prior drawing, creative, horse or movement experience necessary. 

Visual Thinking and Creativity in Facilitation

The intention of this workshop is to awaken our creative pathways and to offer us a new set of tools for facilitating groups and for our coaching practice.

Expand capacity for awareness, assessment and action through visual thinking & design

This participatory experience will give you firsthand experience with visual exercises, conversation tools, and frameworks for understanding challenges in creative and experiential ways. Listening and seeing through visual and symbolic language helps us build connections and understand complexities in managing dilemmas and solving problems.

Together we will:

* Explore language + symbols through graphic recording, painting, doodling and design as facilitation tools

* Participate in visual exercises and experiential learning tools that we can immediately incorporate into our facilitation

* Deepen our ability to listen and see through visual thinking and natures design by engaging with horses, a zebra and the natural world

* Expand our creative pathways and embody our creativity to bring more insight, intuition and passion to our life work

About the facilitators

Together we'll be using a combination of visual thinking, complexity theory, organization development, coaching, Gestalt, experiential education, horse communication, outdoor education and….

JACKIE STEVENSON, MSSA BCC
+ the PEBBLE LEDGE HORSE + ZEBRA HERD
Jackie is founder + CEO of Spirit of Leadership providing coaching, training, seminars and retreat opportunities for corporations and not- for-profit organizations.She has the ability to work as a consultant, coach, therapist, educator and... Jackie completely rocks and is extremely generous in sharing her know-how and knowledge! (More via bio.)

How will we be with horses?

 

We will spend time with the horses by standing near them (not riding them) and watching. We'll become aware of their presence within nature, noticing their communication and perhaps finding insight in our own lives. So often when we stop and notice patterns in complex systems around us, we're able to gain clarity on those within us, whether that means patterns of internal thought, of external communication, or even behavioral patterns.

 

How will we use creativity?

We'll use art as our creative expression for exploring any insights that come up. More specifically, we'll spend time drawing, and maybe even painting!  

AMANDA LYONS, MS OD

Lyons (an artist, educator + graphic facilitator) can listen, talk and draw for ages, connecting models such as Theory U, creative problem solving methods + whatever challenge you’re currently grappling with towards some new perspective or way of looking at ‘it’ that you couldn’t have imagined without the marker. Ultimately it's about connection + creativity + fun! She focuses on authentically finding meaning and voice through art + body + nature +....  (More via bio.)