On Saturday, May 6th, I had the honor of being a Community Partner for TedxHerndon. Tedx events are local Ted style talks that are independently managed and driven by the community.
What an awesome experience to see speakers like the legendary Nikki Giovanni, Kwame Alexander and so many others. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Aron Teo Lee, who is also a TedxHerndon veteran speaker.
For this event, I listened to 18 different talks and prepared the charts ahead of time. I created the 18 hand drawn charts in my studio. The last step was to construct tower displays in the lobby for attendees.
Here are some of the pictures from the event!
Yep, this tower I made is taller than me!
9 different talks displayed in a tower.
Attendees stop to reflect and take in the content
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“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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
Yesterday the Greenbelt Community Relations Advisory Board and the Greenbelt City Police Department held a forum to to encourage listening and dialogue. This was the first of a series of conversations to foster a respectful, safe and fair community.
I got a chance to meet neighbors and we collectively worked on being “One Greenbelt”. Residents shared their experiences and suggestions for improving relations with the police department. Thomas Kemp, Acting Police Chief said “We are here to LISTEN”.
Take a look at my sketchnotes below, with the takeaways I heard during this session.
I’m curious. Is your community having these kinds of conversations?
Please leave a comment below and share.
On June 25th the Child Poverty Collaborative hosted a Community Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. This event was built around community conversation to take on poverty by working together to improve the lives of children in Cincinnati. I was a member of the 6 person team hired by Greg Whicker to bring the power of visuals to over 700 attendees.
Over 700 attendees at the Community Summit #cincytakesonpoverty
Each team member worked on a different portion of the 3-D display to capture the harvest.
Working on my portion of the 3-D chart that represents “What’s missing” from the solution to childhood poverty.
The final visual summary, our Gigantic 3-D display was a hit!
Checkout WLWT to see my drawing in action during the news segment.
This was a day of listening, learning, sharing and community. I am so glad that I was able to be a part of this important work. Please leave a comment below.
Are you a caregiver for an older adult? Okay, well I’m raising my hand 🙂
I am a caregiver for my sweet 98 year old grandmother so….
I was excited to work on this project about Family Caregivers in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Montgomery County Commission on Aging hosted the meeting and I am so impressed by the work they are doing for seniors. The meeting was held on Feb 28 at the Silver Spring Civic Building.
The conference room was filled to the brim with caregivers eager to share and learn about services offered in Montgomery County.
The meeting started with introductions by Odile Brunetto, Director, Montgomery County Area Agency on Aging and Judy Levy, Chair, Montgomery County Commission on Aging.
Elinor Ginzler, Sr Director, Jewish Council for the Aging facilitated the meeting. While Elinor guided the discussion with the audience, I created the visual summaries from the key points.
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There was also a break-out session with subject matter experts on hand to answer questions. After the session, each “expert table” did a report-out of the key topics covered at their table. See my graphic recording below based on those highlights.
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Using the power of graphic recording helped people see the connections and come up with new strategies for such an important topic. I am so glad I was a part of this project 🙂
What’s your experience as a caregiver? Can you relate to any of the points in the visual summaries? Comment below.