Graphic Tools for Thinking and Learning
Facilitation & Recording
Graphic recording is a tool to help groups work together.
The graphic recorder puts a big piece of paper (8 feet long
by 4 feet high) on the wall and works like a muralist, recording
what the group is saying in a combination of words, pictures
and symbols. For example if the group is talking about market
forces, the facilitator may draw them as big flowing arrows
sweeping across the display. This creates a big, lively
and colorful display of the of the group's entire discussion:
goals, issues, questions, ideas and decisions.
does it do?
This kind of record helps the group "see what they mean."
It promotes focus, understanding, creativity and out of
the box thinking. Because it is visual, it provides clarity.
Because it is created on the spot, it is engaging. Because
it reflects the group's own words and ideas, it creates
ownership. Because it is so large, it promotes big-picture
thinking. Groups become engaged and develop forward momentum
much more quickly working with a graphic display than they
do simply sitting around a conference table, or even working
with traditional flip charts.
can I get some, or learn more?
There are both graphic recorders (who work with a facilitator,
creating the visual record) and graphic facilitators (who
create the visual record while also facilitating the group).
Lynn Kearny for information about this work and how it can
help you meet your organization's challenges.
Lynn is a founding Board Member