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Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, Vol. 8

July 1st, 2011 · information design, Information Visualization, storytelling, Uncategorized, visual sensemaking, vizsales vizmarketing vizpersuasion

Had a blast being part of Pecha Kucha Night Pittsburgh, Vol 8. I enjoyed everybody’s talks, and was honored to test out a new slideshow talk of my own on the packed-in audience.

Unfortunately I did not hand my camera off to someone to get a pic of myself rocking the mic. Anybody got a pic for me? If so, please send it to jonny(at)envizualize.com and I’ll add it to the set of images from that night.

Thanks to Assemble for hosting us and AIA and AIGA Pittsburgh for producing the event.

If you missed this one, come check me out this coming week, July 7, at 7:30 where I will be doing live illustration of peoples rants and raves about their neighborhoods, also at Assemble, 5125 Penn Ave in Pittsburgh.

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Envizualize Events: Pecha Kucha Pittsburgh June 30 and Envizualizing Your Neighborhood July 7

June 29th, 2011 · Uncategorized

I will be appearing at a couple of great community events in Pittsburgh in the next couple of weeks (assuming that our baby is not born early, in which case, I will be out of action for a bit.)

War on Sugar: Nixon Pic
1. Pecha Kucha Pittsburgh, Volume 8

Pecha Kucha is an event which happens in cities all over the world where people give 6 minute talks along with timed slides about whatever they want.

I will be giving a talk called “The War on Sugar” accompanied by my own hand-drawn illustrations. The talk is a thought experiment musing about what would happen if we banned sugar the way we banned a variety of other substances like cannabis, heroin, and methamphetamine. After all, sugar is very bad for us—over 71,000 people in the USA had diabetes listed as the cause of death in 2007. In the same year over 161,000 death certificates listed diabetes as a contributing factor, and surely over consumption of sugar was a contributor to many of those deaths. But would we want to criminalize consumption and production of sugar? Hmmm….Yes, okay, this is a thinly disguised indictment of the War on Drugs. For links to resources where you can learn more check here.

When: 8PM, Thursday, June 30

Assemble (Art and Tech Community Space)
5125 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Price: $5 at the door

2. The Good, Bad, and Unique of Your Neighborhood, Illustrated

In this event, attendees will describe what makes their neighborhood great, not so great, and just plain distinctive as I render their descriptions as illustrations on the wall so everyone can see the stories unfold with pictorial accompaniment. This should be a great way to learn about different parts of Pittsburgh and meet some community minded folks.

When: 7:30 PM, Thursday, July 7.

Where: Assemble (Art and Tech Community Space)

Assemble (Art and Tech Community Space)
5125 Penn Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Price: Free!

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Power of 32, Steering Committee Meeting, 6-22-2011

June 23rd, 2011 · business, edtech, entrepreneurship, envizualize, government, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, npTech, partnerships, sketchnotearmy, storytelling, visual sensemaking

Power of 32 Steering Committee Meeting, #1, 6-22-11

Power of 32 Steering Committee Meeting, #2, 6-22-11

Power of 32 Steering Committee Meeting, #3, 6-22-11

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.

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Word clouds of Twitter lists I’m on

May 20th, 2011 · Uncategorized

Word cloud of Twitter groups which I'm listed in

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.

Word cloud of Twitter groups where I'm listed, version 2
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.

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Envizualize Partners With AllClearID to Explain Child Identity Theft

May 13th, 2011 · business, entrepreneurship, envizualize, Information Visualization, partnerships, storytelling, visual sensemaking

Very excited that a piece I worked on with AllClearID has gone live. The video explains how thieves steal the identity of children in order to commit fraud. In fact, children are ideal targets of Identity theft, since they start out as blank slates that thieves can fill in with false information to take out huge fraudulent loans.

The Today show just did a piece on the problem, even tracking down and confronting alleged identity thieves. Compelling stuff!

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Plan Projects By Drawing Pictures Workshop: Resources and Recap

May 13th, 2011 · business, entrepreneurship, envizualize, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, sketchnotearmy, storytelling, technology, visual sensemaking, workshops

Plan Projects the Visual Way Mini Workshop---Society for Technical Communication

(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

Related Organization

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.

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Plan Projects by Drawing Pictures: May 12, 6:30 PM, Society for Technical Communication, Pittsburgh

May 12th, 2011 · business, edtech, entrepreneurship, envizualize, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, sketchnotearmy, visual sensemaking, workshops

Visual Thinking For Tech Educators Workshop

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.

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