So what is graphic recording? And how is it different from graphic facilitation?
Graphic Recording is a method of capturing the thinking of a group; a graphic recorder captures key nuggets of information live using a large visual format. (Yes, with BIG paper! 10-15ft x 4ft)
How does it work?
A graphic recorder typically works off to one side of the group, actively listening to what is being said and then drawing out the key nuggets of information that emerge from the group. A graphic recorder does not lead a group, he/she does not normally interact with the group (hence different to a graphic facilitator).
Tressa Burke, Chief Executive, Glasgow Disability Alliance
Where is graphic recording used?
It’s used in a variety of settings, including:
– Stakeholder events
– Keynote speeches
– World Café Forums (N.B. sometimes a graphic facilitator is used at a World Café, depending on what is required by the client)
Kate Allen, Education Adviser, Scotdec
Lesley Munro, Healthier and Happier Communities Development Officer , SCVO
Why would I be interested in it?
You want to add impact to your events, to …
– Create a talking point (adding a novel and creative element)
– Collect key information without invasive questioning
– Increase clarity and comprehension
– Increase energy and interest levels
– Increase the ROI for speakers and presenters
– Give people a unique ‘takeaway’ of their experience (paper or digital)
I had heard of this being really successful when done at large events in bigger venues however given the sensitive nature of these sessions, the lower numbers and the possibility of triggering trauma I was wary of how it would work.
Bottom line……it worked amazingly well.
Emer spoke to me several times regarding layout of the room and what was required in terms of space so that she could follow the conversation without interrupting the flow, distracting the participants or facilitators and allowing time in the programme to review her work.
In the absence of a wall free from framed pictures, art work and assorted signage Emer arrived with a “portable wall”. I kid you not! Which she set up set up behind the participants and you wouldn’t have known she was there.
Everyone was amazed at the level of information she had managed to record and participants were able to recognise their contribution without it having to be translated by the interpreters which was incredibly empowering for some of them.
An inventive, creative and imaginative way of recording a difficult subject that was accessible to everyone attending was just fantastic and fully complimented what was said.
It gave an added edge to what can often be seen as yet another dry information consultation.
Photographs of the recordings are included in the reports and I feel they (even if just for curiosity sake) will prompt discussion about the day and discussion about the issue of trafficking is what we need.
I would thoroughly recommend this service.
Frances Monaghan, Manager, Wise Women
Want to learn more? Curious to explore whether graphic recording or graphic facilitation is suitable for your needs? Contact me on (+) 44 131 226 1637 or email@example.com