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Case study: Old’s Cool Intergenerational Project

Case study: Old’s Cool Intergenerational Project

In April 2021, we caught up with Ryan McKay from the Citadel where he shared how his young people from their Old’s Cool Intergenerational Project benefited from learning drawing and visual storytelling skills.     What is Old’s Cool? The Old’s Cool...

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Case Study: Anat’s Story

Case Study: Anat’s Story

We caught up with Anat Shabi, who attended Secrets of Simple Graphics Online in June 2020, to ask some questions about her experience. What motivated you to attend the training in the first place? What problems were you experiencing that you hoped the training would...

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Case Study: Beth’s Story

Case Study: Beth’s Story

We caught up with Beth Collier, who attended Secrets of Simple Graphics Online in June 2020, to ask some questions about her experience. What motivated you to attend the training in the first place? What problems were you experiencing that you hoped the training would...

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Three ways to use Zoom whiteboard for facilitation

Three ways to use Zoom whiteboard for facilitation

And then...my whole wide world went Zoom. Love it or loathe it Zoom has become a large part of our lives. From virtual pub quizzes to virtual learning Zoom is here to stay. As a facilitator, have you thought about how Zoom can support your facilitation processes? What...

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Video: A future visioning tool

Video: A future visioning tool

I've made another video - this time it's one where you actually see my face! I hope you like it. I'm on a mission to get more comfortable with creating videos (I find it strange not having an audience!) so I'd love to hear what you think and what tips you have for...

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A fun icebreaker for you to try

A fun icebreaker for you to try

Icebreakers for virtual training  - what's the verdict? In my opinion, it's even more important to have an icebreaker for a virtual training session than it is for an in person one. Why? When we partake in virtual learning sessions we miss out on the in person chit...

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Video: Meditative Drawing

Video: Meditative Drawing

Yesterday saw the last session of Secrets of Simple Graphics for 2020 and as we munched on our (non-virtual) cupcakes at the Afterparty Elevenses, the discussion shifted to the benefits drawing brings to our mental health, a topic I touched on previously. As such, I...

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How drawing helps with stress

How drawing helps with stress

Sometimes, when feeling stressed, the last thing you want is someone handing you a set of coloured pencils and a notebook, urging you to channel your stress in a creative manner. Yet creative pursuits are generally seen to be a helpful antidote to feelings of stress...

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Video: How to draw icons for future

Video: How to draw icons for future

Ahead of the launch of my *brand new** Draw Out Your Future programme I thought I'd create this short video with instructions on how to draw an icon that represents future. Click on the image below to be taken straight to the video. If you were to graphically...

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The story behind my discovery of graphics

The story behind my discovery of graphics

When I talk about my journey to visual thinking I speak about when I moved to Edinburgh in 2002 and started working for a disability organisation. It was whilst working at this organisation that I received training in Person Centred Planning - a facilitation...

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