Whoever enters The Lab are the right people to be there. We work with these ground rules:
Those are the only requirements for The Lab.
in The Lab?
You will have all the physical materials you need, though you're welcome to bring the tools you like, or something you've been wanting to test out. Content will be provided for us to map and we'll map our own conversations. I will have some experiments at the ready, but our three days are wide open to the needs of you and your 5 colleagues.
We will definitely be mapping video and audio content in real-time and at a large scale. We will observe each others' maps of the same content as a crucial way to get into the nuance of graphic facilitation. Beyond those foundational exercises, our time is what we make of it.
You can try mapping blindfolded. You can try mapping with no words or only words. We can have a conversation around the business side of graphic facilitation. We can embark on a field trip to the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Millennium Park, all within easy walking distance of our Lab's location, the Summit Executive Centre.
Who is NOT going
to join me in The Lab?
to experiment and
Our CHICAGO location, the Summit Executive Centre is located at 205 North Michigan Avenue. I chose this space for its flat walls, great, healthy food and stellar location. For example, the Summit is:
Our location is steps away from many hotels. Details will be shared upon registration. And I hope you'll add time to your trip to explore my most favorite city.
The Lab includes
You also get breakfast, lunch and snacks from the delicious menu at the Summit Executive Centre and Rungstedgaard. The Summer Lab in Denmark also includes 3 nights accomodation Tuesday night through Friday.
English as a
as a foreign language
In my experience, 20% of graphic facilitators come from the visual arts, 80% come from the people arts. Often when people draw well, the drawing gets in the way and they need to learn a type of drawing that suits this type of work. And as I say in my book, drawing is a balance of listening, thinking and drawing skills. We all bring our strengths and weaknesses.
That said, consider that we will balance your needs with the needs of others. If you feel like you'll have a metric ton of questions, you may want to do an introductory course first. If you are fine with sitting with your some of your questions and observing, you are welcome to swim with us.
Contact me if you have questions.
This reminds me of a time when I was a thwarted learner. As a ten-year-old, I attended a Girl Scout Jamboree. I wanted to go to the class on making a monkey's fist necklace, but the teacher insisted it was ages 12 and up. My scout leader stood up for me, but the teacher refused. I was furious. I knew I could make a frickin' frackin' monkey's fist knot.
This story is to
illustrate that if you share this defiant, monkey-fist willingness to
challenge yourself, you are a good candidate for The Lab.
Brandy, Why "The Lab"?
This is an environment
for us to all feel free to experiment with our visual thinking and graphic
facilitation work. It is different from our client projects, our community
conferences or other workshops.
hope you'll join me!