These are the visual notes I created during the Power of 32 Steering Committee Leadership Meeting that took place 6-22-2011.
View gallery of the visual notes here.
***Note: This is a snapshot of the conversation at this point in the Power of 32 process–not a definitive to do list.***
The Power of 32 is an unprecedented regional initiative to think and act in the interest of the 32 county region which comprises of parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. It contains urban areas such as Pittsburgh, Wheeling and Youngstown, as well as many small towns and rural areas. The 3 year effort has catalyzed over 150 community conversations in all 32 counties and over 15,000 sticky notes of ideas.
Community input created coalesced into 6 categories: economy, education, environment, people/community, governing, transportation and infrastructure.
It is clear that it is in the interest of this governmentally balkanized region to think of itself as a region. This is especially important because the none areas of the 4 states in the region are at the political center of their own states. There is strength in numbers, and it makes sense for the region to flex its regional muscles and tap into it’s enormous brainpower across jurisdictional boundaries of states, counties, and municipalities.
The findings of the project will be rolled out in force with a live special on WQED on November 3, 2011.
Ultimately, the Power of 32 is a citizen initiative, and needs citizen involvement to keep moving forward. To learn more and get involved, Visit the Power of 32 website here.
As a recent transplant to the region, this was an incredible meeting to be part of. I came out of it for even more appreciation for the region and its people than I had coming into the meeting.
Visual Notes by Jonny Goldstein, envizualize.com.
The bigger the words, the more lists I was mentioned on with that exact phrase. Only exact matches count to determine the size of text. So mentions “graphic-facilitation” and “graphicfacilitation” will not combine to make a larger size.
In this version, I removed hyphens in the text, which led to a different variation. I think this one is more accurate than the one above.
(Benefits of using pictures to plan projects)
Complete photoset from last night here)
It was my pleasure to give a mini-workshop for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication last night. We focused on using pencil on paper drawing and diagraming techniques to plan projects. Each participant picked a project they were working on. Projects ranged from remodeling a Victorian house to creating documentation for a complex technical process.
The photo above shows benefits the participants found in using this approach.
A few resources:
Back of the Napkin
One of my favorites This may go into a little more detail than people want, but I actually loved how thorough it was. .
Gamestorming. This book is about using a game framework to get serious work done, and it has a great section on visual thinking, which is key to most of the the activities in the book.
The Mind Map Book. Full of useful methods for applying mind mapping to problem solving and communication. Bonus: lovely pictures! Warning: “relentlessly upbeat.”
Links to my work:
Professional site envizualize.com
jonny goldstein flickr stream
IFVP. The International Forum of Visual Practitioners. There are several of us in the Pittsburgh area. We may start having local meetings. The annual conference is fantastic. This year it’s in Hawaii!
I am available to do more in depth workshops on using visual techniques to enhance communication and problem solving, so please feel free to get in touch if your organization is interested in learning how I can help people build this critical capacity.
When:May 12, 6:30 PM
What: If you want to get a taste of how you can plan projects easier and better by drawing pictures, join me in this mini workshop I am leading at the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.
I just ran a similar mini-workshop at the Maryland Society for Educational Technology conference and people told me they loved it.
Price: It costs $15 for non-members, which goes to the organization.
Sign up here.
This is a sped up video of me creating large scale visual notes of a keynote at a recent conference. The speaker, Chris Lehmann talked about “School 2.0,” which, it turns out, draws heavily on what education pioneers have preached for over 100 years: let the students do things that matter. The event was the Maryland Society for Educational Technology 2011 conference. Chris Lehmann is a remarkable principal who guides a remarkable school in Philadelphia. Thanks to the Maryland Society for Educational Technology for asking me to be part of this event. To hear the full length audio with my visual notes, click here.