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Teaching Visual Thinking at Science Leadership Academy

November 23rd, 2010 · edtech, envizualize, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, partnerships, sketchnotearmy, visual sensemaking

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Just came back from a visit to the Science Leadership Academy high school in center city Philadelphia. I was a guest instructor in Marcie T. Hull’s art class where I gave a demonstration of graphic recording (AKA visual notetaking).

I also got a tour from SLA Princicipal Chris Lehmann. His pride in his students and staff was as evident for his love for the same. I got to talk with an engineering teacher and a couple of science teachers as well. Everyone seemed to love being there.

On the way out I heard an engineering student from Drexel explaining how wastewater is collected, channeled and disposed of in Philadelphia to a throng of students, who then set out around the neighborhood to do primary research on drainage systems in the area.

Had a wonderful time interacting with the students and staff at Science Leadership Academy. Hope to be back soon.

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Keynote Visualizations From TEDxPhilly

November 22nd, 2010 · business, edtech, entrepreneurship, envizualize, government, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, partnerships, richard saul wurman, sketchnotearmy, storytelling, technology, visual sensemaking

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This a slideshow of some of the large scale visual notes I created onstage at TEDxPhilly last Thursday. I had a fantastic time visualizing presentations, sharing the stage with people like Stephen Powers, Christin O’Keefe Aptkowicz, Stanford Thompson, and an array of other of Philadephia’s most creative social entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, and educators.

More large scale visual notes to come, as well as a more in depth blog post, later today. (Update, all the images are up now. I was not able to get a picture of Iyad Obeids talk so if you photographed that one and could send me a copy, I’d be much obliged.)

Here is a link to the individual large scale visual notes.

If you are from the press (or anywhere else for that matter) and would like a larger version image of any of these, email me at jonny(at)envizualize.com and I’ll send you one. Or feel free to use them as is. That goes for bloggers too.

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Visual Summary of the 2010 Collaborative Innovation Forum

November 11th, 2010 · business, edtech, entrepreneurship, envizualize, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, partnerships, sketchnotearmy, storytelling, technology, visual sensemaking

I had an amazing experience creating real time large scale visual notes of the conversations ricocheting around the room at the 2010 Collaborative Innovation Forum. Enovia brought together peers, partners, and customers from companies diverse as GE Energy and Under Armour to discuss how hyper-sociality impacts their organizations’ product and process innovation. The event was expertly emceed by Ed Moran, Deloitte’s Director of Insights and Innovation and the team fluently orchestrated by Human 1.0‘s team.

I also really enjoyed the company of the team of innovation oriented bloggers who did real time commentary on the sessions.

Here are images of all the large scale visualizations I created from the event. click on them to see larger sized versions.

collaborative innovation forum intro

The Principals of Hyper Social Organizations-Ed Moran, Deloitte, Director Insights & Innovation

Jonny Envizualizes at Collaborative Innovation Forum 2010

I’m deep in the zone in this picture, taken by Drew Marshall of Primed Associates.

Jody Giles, Under Armour CIO at Collaborative Innovation Forum

The Impact of collaboration and Hyper-sociality on Product Innovation-Jody Giles, Under Armour, CIO

morning report back: collaboration innovation forum

Breakout Groups Report Back: Topic: The Impact of Collaboration and Hyper-sociality on Product Innovation

hypersociality and organizational effectiveness

The Impact of Collaboration and Hyper-sociality on Organizational Effectiveness, Joseph Press, Deloitte

Soaking Up-Visualizations at Collaborative Innovation Forum

Soaking up the visual chronicle of the Collaboration and Innovation Forum

Collaboration Innovation Forum 2010-John Shorter

The Impact of Collaboration and Hypersociality on Process Innovation, John Shorter, GE Energy, CIO


Breakout groups Report Back: Topic: Impact of Collaboration and Hypersociality on Process Innovation

Colloborative Innovation Forum  Wrapup

Collaborative Innovation Forum Wrap Up Session

browsing large scale visual notes at the collaborative innovation forum

Browsing all the Visual Notes of the Conversations at the 2010 Collaborative Innovation Forum

Thanks again to Francois Gossieaux, Kelly Morrissey, and Sara Clark of Human1.0 who invited me to participate in CIF 2010. It was truly a hyper-social learning experience.

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Collaborative Innovation Forum, TEDxPhilly, and Workshop at UArts

November 7th, 2010 · business, edtech, envizualize, graphic facilitation, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, partnerships, storytelling, technology, visual sensemaking, vizsales vizmarketing vizpersuasion

It’s shaping up to be a busy November. I am currently in Orlando, Florida, as keynote visualizer at the Collaborative Innovation Forum, and in a week and a half I will be in Philly doing the same thing at TEDxPhilly. Immediately following TEDxPhilly, I will be teaching a two day workshop for the MID (masters of industrial design) program at University of the Arts on graphic facilitation.

These events actually have quite a bit in common. They are all geared toward inspiring innovation, be it in business, social, or artistic fields.


The Collaborative Innovation Forum looks at how our hyper social environment impacts collaboration and innovation. The event is being catalyzed by Enovia, a collaborative product lifecycle management company, and brings together many of its partners —spanning a power generation company to a recreational equipment retailer to an electric car company and many more, to talk about our socially networked present and its implications for the future of product lifecycle management.

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is (from Wikipedia):

The process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal. PLM integrates people, data, processes and business systems and provides a product information backbone for companies and their extended enterprise.

OK, does that sound cool or what? People, data, processes, business systems to create the information backbone to design and make and recycle/reuse/dispose of STUFF! The STUFF that makes civilization possible. The kind of stuff you are using to read this blog post.

2. TEDxPhilly is about what’s happening in our nation’s 5th biggest megalopolis, Philly. You know how I love Philly, so I’m so excited to be part of this. My dear friend Roz Duffy is applying her curatorial touch to make this the event of the year in Philly. From the site:

Our goal is to showcase practitioners, makers, dreamers and thinkers who are contemporary and thought provoking; who are pushing the boundaries of their own disciplines; and who are working towards a more purposeful, socially responsible future. The event is multi-disciplinary by nature and the speakers echo the diverse perspectives present in our city.

TEDxPhilly happens November 18. If you want to tap into the intellectual, creative, social, can-do soul of Philly, be there. It’s going to be Philly’s event of the year.

3. MID. The MID program at University of the Arts prepares masters degree candidates to use design approaches to help improve social enterprises as well as industrial ones:

Because today, industrial design is no longer just about new products. It’s about a new way of thinking. One that allows us to step back and question everything, including what a “product” is. By expanding our definition beyond the traditional – to encompass policies, social initiatives and entire systems – we’re setting the stage for design to play a crucial role in society. It’s already become an integral part of the business world’s approach to innovation. At UArts, we help prepare students for this dynamic, demanding new landscape.

I will be teaching MID students to use hands on visual thinking to help their clients in government, nonprofit, and business organizations innovate better ways to serve their stakeholders.

Whew! I need to take a breath. I will need plenty of oxygen and caffeine to embrace the possibilities in front of me this month. Happy November!

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visualization of cityLIVE! “choose pittsburgh” panel

November 4th, 2010 · business, entrepreneurship, envizualize, government, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, visual sensemaking

Had a blast doing large scale visual notes for a fantastic panel last night at the Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh on the topic “Choose Pittsburgh.” Big thanks to Eve Picker and Kim O’Dell for including me in the event as the panel visualizer.

Here’s the blurb from the cityLIVE! site.


Join cityLIVE! as a panel of experts discuss why we need to be picked, what criteria young (or old) people use when selecting a city to live in, and how Pittsburgh might become more competitive in attracting and retaining young and talented professionals in our region.

Our panelists include Jim Russell, co-founder and chief strategist of the Pittsburgh Expatriate Network (PEN), Regina Koetters, an urban redevelopment consultant who chose to relocate to Pittsburgh, and Luis von Ahn, a professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Jesse Schell, CEO and founder of Schell Games will moderate the anticipated lively discussion.

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Envizualize at TEDxPhilly

October 29th, 2010 · business, edtech, entrepreneurship, envizualize, graphic recording, information design, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, storytelling, technology, Uncategorized, visual sensemaking


You know how much I love Philly.

That’s why I am very excited to be “keynote visualizer” at TEDxPhilly on November 18 at the Kimmel Center.

The TEDxPhilly team has recruited amazing speakers from the arts, sciences, businesses, education, who represent just the tip of the iceberg of talent and creativity in the metropolis of brotherly love.

Philly is a great city with a history of providing ideas that change history. Be part of writing tomorrow’s history with us at TEDxPhilly. This event is as much about what you bring to it as what the amazing lineup of speakers are bringing. Be sure to say hi if you are participating in this happening. I’ll be the guy with marker stained hands smiling from ear to ear.

Learn more:
TEDxPhilly Speakers
About TEDxPhilly


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Making Sparks: Putting Technology at the Service of Childhood Development

October 26th, 2010 · edtech, envizualize, graphic recording, Information Visualization, large scale visual notes, Uncategorized, visual sensemaking

I was honored to have the chance to do large scale visual notes at the Sprout Fund’s Making Sparks event in Pittsburgh recently. Community members, childhood development specialists, technologists, and media producers converged to share ideas, tips, and inspiration around the topic of how to create projects that engage children ages birth to eight in the creative use of technology and media.

Heda Sharapan from the Fred Rogers Company made the crucial point that understanding kids is the crucial first step when thinking about appropriate use of technology to help them develop. That means spending a lot of time observing them at play.

The Sprout Fund brought in graphic recorder Leah Silverman, myself, and several others to translate the ideas swirling around the room into images and key points.

As you will hear in the video above (starting at 3:20), this topic is close to my heart, as I spent years working with children helping them grow through art, theater, and music, incorporating technology when appropriate.

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