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Here you’ll find creative inspiration and other resources to help you envision and implement change. Browse for ideas about how to approach the unique challenges you or your company face.

Visual Facilitation & Visual Leadership

Intersections: An Interview with Grove Senior Consultant Giselle Chow

A Look Back: Reflections on 35 Years of Visualizing Change

What Is Visual Listening?

Agile Visual Planning: Supporting Innovation and Action

Visual Leaders Now Available – An Interview with Author David Sibbet

Decision Rooms: Making Choices in a Big-Picture Context, by David Sibbet

Case Studies & First-Person Accounts

The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative: “One Mountain, One Vision”

The Unity Council’s History Mural: Story of a 50-Year Journey

Mapping a Vision for Social and Emotional Learning in Oakland

Storymapping Process Aids Merger, Informs Future Vision for Oakland Unified School District

DLR Group, Named #1 U.S. Design Firm, Says Big Goals Led the Way

HealthEast Care System: Storymapping the Quality Journey

Team Performance Tools

Take the Tour: A Webinar Walk-through of the Team Performance Online Survey

The Team Performance Online Survey: A Case Study

Why Do Visuals Work with Teams?, by David Sibbet

Your Questions Answered about Team Performance Tools

Visual Communication & Graphic Recording

Five Graphic Takeaways from “Learning 2013″

Grove Graphics Support Virtual Gathering About Higher Ed and Online Learning

Chart Critique, by Rachel Smith

The Principles of Graphic Facilitation: Facing the Blank Paper

Visual Intelligence: Using the Deep Patterns of Visual Language to Build Cognitive Skills, by David Sibbet

TEDx Talk: “Drawing in Class”, by Rachel Smith


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Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

-Albert Einstein

The Unity Council’s History Mural:
Story of a 50-Year Journey

The Unity Council was born in challenging times. In the 1960s, a freeway cut through the heart of Oakland and, as in many American cities, the result was an era of urban decline and poverty. During this time, the civil rights movement was gaining strength.

Latino activists from several organizations joined forces in 1964 to form the Unity Council, with the purpose of having a stronger, collective voice for their unrepresented community.

Intersections: An Interview with Grove Senior Consultant Giselle Chow

The Grove welcomes Giselle Chow, senior consultant, to our team! In this article, excerpted from a conversation over tea, Giselle reflects on the roots of her graphic facilitation practice.

Q: When did the role of “facilitator” first take hold for you?

The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative: “One Mountain, One Vision”

The Grove’s Laurie Durnell facilitated a multi-stakeholder process with all of the public-land management agencies for Mt. Tamalpais. The resulting collaborative will sustain the well-being of the mountain on which Laurie grew up.

Seeds for a multi-agency collaboration were planted back in 2003 when The Grove facilitated a watershed visioning process for Muir Woods. This culminated in a March 21 signing ceremony that launched the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative.

Featured Best Practice: Graphic Debriefs

Be explicit about what works! Hold a special debriefing meeting at the end of intense projects. Look at what worked well, what could be improved, and overall learnings for next time. Conduct this session around a large chart that illustrates the big stages of the project, to focus the discussion and help team members see the process in its entirety.

Acknowledgements and commendations for special efforts are easy to integrate into this practice. Taking time to learn together will strengthen your team and make its next challenge less daunting.
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The Grove at TED2008
Explore the interactive environment David Sibbet helped create when he graphically illustrated the cutting-edge ideas presented at the 2008 Technology, Entertainment & Design (TED) conference.

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