Libraries are the New Hub for Dialogue Facilitation #LibrariesTransform

Libraries are the New Hub for Dialogue Facilitation #LibrariesTransform

“Libraries Transform” is a multi-year campaign about the transforming the role of libraries in America.  

This week I joined a webinar that showed libraries how to use several facilitation approaches to foster conversation and lead change in communities.  The webinar was hosted by the American Library Association and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation.

Here are just a few key points that I sketched while listening.  There are several more webinars coming up, so if you are interested, find out more here.

#librariestransform sketchnotes American Library Association NCDD

For as long as I can remember… I’ve always had a library card.  I’m really excited to see how the #LibrariesTransform initiative will play a role across our country.  The timing in our country right now is perfect for having meaningful dialogue.

Question, comments or ideas?  I’d love to hear them. Hit reply or contact me.

How to Draw a Kite in 5 Easy Steps

How to Draw a Kite in 5 Easy Steps

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” – Lauren Bacall

Did you know that February 8 is National Kite Flying Day?

Who would have thunk it!  

I just happened to be looking at the National Day Calendar and saw this special day observed for flying a kite.

If you don’t have time to fly a kite on Feb 8th, you can draw one!  Here is a quick lesson on How to Draw a Kite in 5 Easy Steps.

Draw a Kite, Sketchnotes, Visual Learning

Hope you had fun with this lesson.  Let me know if you fly a kite on Feb 8 or draw one!

I draw kites when creating visual notes to represent childhood, freedom, the wind or sky.  This one image of a kite, has so many meanings!

Click here to learn how we can help your group use visual thinking to communicate ideas, innovate, and see the big picture.

Explainer Videos… Why We Love Them

Explainer Videos… Why We Love Them

We love watching explainer videos, but why?

One reason is that they grab our attention.

It’s amazing that the average attention span on the internet is just 8 seconds…that’s less than a goldfish.

These videos are highly effective because of one simple rule.

Show don’t Tell.

You could tell a person something over and over but when you show them…  that changes the game completely.

Here is an example of an explainer video I created.  I send my clients a digital image after each graphic recording project is complete.   This explainer video  shows how they can use the digital image.

Just click the image below to watch.

Explainer videos are great for marketing, training, and communications.  They are direct, persuasive, and engaging.

Have a question? Hit “reply” or contact me.   Let me know what you’re thinking, I’m here to help.

Education is  a Powerful Weapon

Education is a Powerful Weapon

I came across this quote last week and I had to draw it.  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.

Education Quote by Nelson Mandela, Sketchnotes by Lisa Nelson

Visual Quote by Lisa Nelson

One of the best ways to get an education is through reading books.  This year, I want to AMP up my game as far as reading goes.  I’m a big fan of audio books but I am going to switch it up this year.  This is the year I go back to basics with good old fashioned physical tangible books.

Here’s what’s on my list to read next.  I have a nice combo.

  • “In the Company of Women” a gift from my friend Wendy
  • “Draw to Win” I purchased online
  • “Switch”, I got from the library. I’ve renewed it twice and it’s due at end of the month.  Uh oh!

Books to read

I will be pulling out my favorite nuggets from these books and drawing them out.  I’ll be sharing them in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

What’s on your reading list?


Project: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil & Human Rights Awards #1uMLK

Project: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil & Human Rights Awards #1uMLK

On Sunday, January 15th I created this 4’x8′ chart in real-time for the AFL-CIO.  The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil & Human Rights Awards took place at the Hamilton in Washington, DC.  There were 8 award recipients, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and actor Jussie Smollett.

Graphic recording sketchnotes by Lisa Nelson, Washington, DC #1umlk

Graphic recording by Lisa Nelson for #1uMLK. The Hamilton, Washington, DC

I enjoyed working on this project for so many reasons.  One reason is because I come from a family of union workers. When award recipient, Carmen Perez, mentioned the 1199 union it made me smile.

Another reason I enjoyed this project was because of the program itself.  It was so rich with stories of ordinary people doing amazing things.

AFL-CIO Program for #1umlk, Washington, DC

I love this quote that was printed on the program.  It speaks to the labor movement and matched the occasion perfectly.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I used pieces from the music selection, video segments, and stories from the honorees to make the chart a collage.

Click here to see a 15 second video of the complete chart.

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