A more traditional form of graphic facilitation – often, in this context called graphic recording. This mode allows for entire presentations and panel discussions to be captured in a single image. Durations range from 5 minutes (for quick TED-style presentations) to 2 or 3 hours – and often we are scribing continuously all day, capturing multiple presentations and panels. In such cases where there are back to back sessions, we tend to recommend a team of 2 scribes, which allows for both faster turnaround of images as well as some needed rest between sessions.

The images created in this context are often for larger audiences (though not necessarily). In this setting, participants are not always able to see the images in detail as they are created in real-time so the focus tends to be on creating a gallery or central display area for the images where participants can engage with them during breaks and while not in plenary sessions. We have also engaged with clients who solve for the problem of visibility during the sessions by filming and projecting the images on large screens on the side of the speakers, or by choosing to have us capture the sessions digitally, which can then also be projected onto screens in the front of the room.

Generally, our experience has demonstrated that the hand-drawn images are often considerably more powerful for the participants precisely because they are not digital (in a digital world, hand crafted things seem to have higher “wow” power), and because they are easier for participants to engage with after the images are created. Walking in front of a tower of boards seems to be a more powerful experience than perusing images on a screen.


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