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Member in the Spotlight for April 2018

It's raining Bran!

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You heard it here first: beloved IFVP member, Brandon Black has officially taken the reins of Newsletter Editor.

And why is he typing in third person? No clue but that ends now. Hello all. I'm very excited to have the honor of serving as Newsletter Editor. This month, I called an audible and decided to pull double duty to let you know more about myself and some plans we have for the the newsletter. Ready? Let's do this!

I am Brandon Black owner and operator of Drawnversation, Illustrator in Chief, out of Cincinnati, OH–USA. I joined IFVP in 2016 after meeting a few bright and shining folks (Greg Whicker, Leah Silverman, Katherine Torrini, Lisa Nelson, and Jennie Hempstead to be exact!) who I'm now very proud to call colleagues. Whicker Team.jpg

They were all very affirming and encouraging me to join the fold. I've been to two conferences–my first being that summer in Washington DC and my second was last year in Decatur.

I began working as a visual practitioner about seven years ago at a nonprofit that used a process involving graphic facilitator role. The process was called a PATH and usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Two hours later, those PATH participants had the most beautiful PATH chart in the history of the organization. I was congratulated and told, "you need to get faster!" The standard star person technique wasn't exactly my style at the time so I googled GRAPHIC FACILITATION and came across Brandy Agerbeck's website. Soon, I discovered that there were people all over the world doing this professionally. Mind blown.

My shared vision for the next year is to use the newsletter as a catalyst for the IFVP community in three ways:

  1. To Inform membership of the need-to-know, nice-to-know and ICYMI updates from our hard working board

  2. To Improve member experience and porfessional success by sharing exclusive advice and best practices

  3. To Endear members to one another by making our individual gifts and stories known and more accessible beyond conference.

I had a first conference take away: "there is data in the kinks" which I took to mean it's beneficial to visualize the disconcerting and uncomfortable. For example, if participants are stuck white space can be as powerful visual to reveal the stagnation. It's not our job to force imagery, but to reveal, or interpret the truths in the room. 

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Some of the most fun charts I've done involve people in transition. Above is a pre-retirement plan for the mother of a college buddy of mine. I've also had the pleasure of creating a chart for a PHD candidate–now doctor who wanted a visual for her dissertation defense. I love how effective our practice is for groups and individuals.

Catch me on instagram

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or my blog at www.drawnvo.blogspot.com