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Visual Thinking in Service of Climate Change Action

November 10th, 2009 · Uncategorized

Visualizing Ideas From the Barcelona Climate Talks

When dealing with an issue as contentious as how to address global climate change, we need all the help we can get.

Ole Qvist of Bigger Picture sent out a request to the visual thinking and practice community asking for everyone to contribute with visuals which can explain some of the key messages and concepts discussed during the Barcelona Climate Talks leading up to the COP15 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.

The image above is my contribution, illustrating this quote:

“It would be great if our shared vision just dawned on us….but it does demand compromise and hard work”

to see other contributions from folks like Roy Blumenthal and Nancy Margulies, Ole Qvist and others, check out this slide show:

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The State of Indy Hall, In Pictures

November 2nd, 2009 · Uncategorized

Six months after moving into a bigger, better, space. It was time to get the the Indy Hall coworking community together to take stock of where the Hall stood, and where the community wants it to go. As part of the Indy Hall community, I was glad to record the event on a couple of their white boards.

indy hall town hall detail
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Indy Hall Town Hall Graphic Recording 3
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Introducing the 140 Characters Conference Illustrated eBook

October 23rd, 2009 · Uncategorized

Download the 140 Characters Conference Illustrated eBook

I have pulled all my visual notes from the first 140 Characters conference together into this free eBook. It was a mind blowing conference about what founder Jeff Pulver calls “now media.” Streams of media that so many of us are using to connect with people, ideas, and information, embodied by Twitter and Facebook.

Speakers came from business, science, the arts, politics, journalism, and the non-profit sector. To revisit your conference experience, or if you could not attend, check out the140 Characters Conference IllustratedeBook.A picture is worth a thousand words, and maybe even a couple of dozen tweets. Download it here.

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Visual Notes From ITP’s 30th Anniversary, Part 1: 1-in-1 Projects

October 2nd, 2009 · Uncategorized

I am creating visual notes to document different facets of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Here are a few of my interpretations of projects that people are creating for the 1-in-1 projects. In these projects, alumni, staff, and current students have 24 hours to create projects which will be displayed the following day.

Catalog Of Things That Don’t Exist:

ITP 30th Anniversary  1-in-1 Visual Notes: Catalog of Impossible Things

Cross Talk:

ITP 30th Anniversary  1-in-1 Visual Notes: Cross Talk

Voice From the Past: ITP Alumni Edition:

ITP 30th Anniversary  1-in-1 Visual Notes: Voice From the Past--ITP Alumni Edition

Apples To Apples Agent:

ITP 30th Anniversary  1-in-1 Visual Notes: Apples to Apples Agent


ITP 30th Anniversary  1-in-1 Visual Notes: TweetGrass

Emotional State Visualizer:

ITP 30th Anniversary  1-in-1 Visual Notes: Emotional State Visualizer

Crank LEDs

ITP 30th Anniversary  1-in-1 Visual Notes: Crank LED

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Recap of VizThink NYC 2

September 27th, 2009 · Uncategorized

A Visual Approach to Public Speaking-VizThink NYC

I recently had the pleasure of prototyping a workshop I’m calling A Visual Approach to Public Speaking at VizThink NYC on September 24, 2009.

The concept: When you give a speech, you are providing a service. People have needs, you have offerings, and you want to offer them a speech that serves those needs tailored out of what you have to offer. In this workshop our goal was to use visual techniques to find out an audiences needs and unearth our own skills and knowledge that could speak to those needs. Next we created brief speeches that aimed to address what our audience was interested in. By the end of the workshop, participants each gave mini-speeches to small groups.

What worked:

1) Using all-image mind maps to get a lot of ideas on paper and share a lot of information quickly. Using a mind map to generate ideas is an example of divergent thinking. Mind maps are very useful for this.

The use of images to depict areas of knowledge and areas of challenge got people to connect to their ideas in a visceral way, and made for a memorable medium to share with their group members.

2) People found the idea of a useful public presentation being the intersection of what you can offer and what people need useful.

A Visual Approach to Public Speaking-VizThink NYC

3) Live graphic recording: It was powerful to see the narrative of the workshop unfolding onto a wall sized mural (above) as the evening progressed, courtesy of Heather Willems of Image Think. The resulting image is an information rich record for people who want to review the workshop.

4) After the divergent thinking of creating the initial mind maps, converging on a few relevant ideas and putting them in a sequence that made a point seemed to work well.

What to tweak next time:

1) Pacing: I needed to pick up the pace. Instead of demonstrating something and then letting people repeat my process, I just need to start demonstrating it, and then let people get going.

2) Focus: In my own personal examples, I included some personal items that took the focus more in a therapy direction and less in a business direction. There is nothing wrong with this, but for this crowd, and for any professionally oriented crowd, I would stick to professional examples.

3) Practicality: I think this would be more practical if I had people map out a presentation that they actually thought they would have to give soon, and map out what they know about the intended audience, instead of having them tailor a talk to people at the workshop who they may, realistically, never have to present to.

4) Start with goals: What do you want to happen as a result of your speech? When we engage in public speaking, we have goals of our own—It’s not just about serving the needs of our audience. We want them to take action, to buy something, to consider a new approach, to approve something, to be entertained, or moved, or any of a number of things. Next time, I would focus more on goals of a speech, which are the foundation of its success. This would be a natural fit with focusing on an actual speech we are going to have to give.

Conclusion: In the end, successful public speaking comes down to having clear goals, knowing your audience, giving them something that resonates, and thus moving them in the direction that matches your goals. Visual thinking can help. But it’s only part of the story. Another big part is practice. So as I keep practicing this workshop, I will keep you posted on what I learn.

Big thanks to LiquidNet for hosting us, to Ray DeLaPena, MJ Broadbent and the VizThink NYC crew for organizing and promoting the event, Heather Willems of Image Think who provided graphic recording, and everyone who gave me feedback.

If you were at the workshop and have further thoughts about it, I would love to hear about it, either in the comments or at jonny(dot)goldstein@gmail.com. Your insight really helps!

Link to photos of the event.

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Envizualize at PARK(ing) Day, Ignite NYC, and VizThink NYC

September 16th, 2009 · Uncategorized

Jonny Goldstein invites you to any one of these FREE public appearances from Sept 18-24. The events all have a common thread: using visual thinking to make life better. Here are the events, in order.


1)PARK(ing) Day: VizThink Philadelphia presents SketchPark
What: VizThink Philly is creating a mini park in a parking space on the street at 1625 Chestnut Street. This is being done in conjunction with dozens of other groups in Philadelphia who will create mini parks all around the metro area. The SketchPark will have a table, chairs, paper, and drawing supplies. Passersby will be encouraged to stop by and draw their vision of a better Philadelphia. Or just to draw the rich urban landscape. Or get a free drawing lesson. Stop by and get sketchy with us.
When: 9AM-4PM, Friday, Sept 18
Where:1625 Chestnut, Center City, Philadelphia

2) Ignite NYC
I will have the pleasure of giving a rapid fire humorous presentation along with 20 of my hand-drawn slides about how TV and online video has influenced my fear of snakes. Ignite NYC is a fantastic event with hundreds of attendees and fascinating presenters. This particular edition of Ignite NYC has a TV and video focus. RSVP here.
When: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: New World Stages
340 West 50th Street

VizThink Philly 4, Notes of Jonny Goldstein's Mini-Workshop: Visual Thinking for Public Speaking
3)VizThink NYC
If you want to sharpen your public speaking chops, RSVP for the free mini-workshop I will conduct at VizThink NYC on using visual thinking in the service of public speaking. The event will be recorded in hand drawn visuals by Heather Willems of Image Think.
When: Thursday, 24 September 2009, 6:30 PM — 8:30 PM
Where: Liquidnet
498 Seventh Ave, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10019

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New Envizualize Video: Dave Drives Profitable Turnaround with Routes-to-Market

September 16th, 2009 · Uncategorized

Envizualize is very excited to debut a new animated story commissioned by Paramarketing about the Routes-to-Market methodology. Paramarketing is a management consulting firm that helps clients create and bring new products and services to market, build new distribution channels, and improve the performance of product development, marketing, sales and distribution.

This was an intriguing project because to tell an effective story about what Paramarketing does, I needed to get to know their business. And because their consulting touches on so many areas of business, I felt like I was like getting a mini-MBA.

To find out more about how Paramarketing can help your business thrive, even in a challenging economic climate, visit Paramarketing.com

I would love to hear your feedback on the video, so feel free to send me an email (info@envizualize(dot)com) or leave me a comment. What did you think?

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