Christina Merkley, MA
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See Christina's other site dedicated to her Graphic Coaching specialty: personal visioning & planning for individuals, couples & biz partners.

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Below are general facilitation and group process sites that lend themselves well to the visual approach. In addition are several of my Preferred Partners (who I recommend for work that I am unavailable to do, for work in geographical areas that I am no longer traveling to, or just excellent resources for stuff that I don’t do as well!).

PREFERRED PARTNERS:

 

ADAMS & ADAMS CONSULTING & TRAINING
www.adams2.org
San Diego, California

Adams & Adams Consulting and Training, Inc. specializes in participatory strategic planning, organizational coaching and group facilitation training.

Judi Adams is a recognized strategic planning expert for the international Family Justice Center movement; she wrote the chapter on Strategic Planning for “Hope for Hurting Families II – How to Start a Family Justice Center in Your Own Community”. Excellent seasoned leader and collaborator.

 

BONFIRE COMMUNCATIONS
www.bonfirecommunications.com
San Francisco, California

Award winning colleagues from my San Francisco days. Very talented group of design and tech professionals who develop solutions for strategic internal communication campaigns. Use multi-media and information architecture techniques – gather and reach agreement on content for their media designs via graphic facilitation and other innovative practices. Their multi-disciplinary teams have worked on implementing supply chain processes, large enterprise technologies, branding initiatives, reorganizations and mergers. Do much larger and high end projects than little ol’ me.

 

CONFLICT CONNECTIONS
www.conflictconnections.com
San Antonio, TX

Patricia (Pattie) Porter is a conflict management practitioner with 14 years of mediation, group facilitation and training experience. Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW). She uses template-based facilitation techniques in her work with team performance, leadership development and crisis intervention. Extensive background in government / workplace settings, including U.S. military. Based in San Antonio, travels nationally and internationally. Has been through my graphic trainings, both public and private ones.

 

CROWLEY & COMPANY
www.crowleyandco.us
Washington, D.C.

Crowley and Company is the business of my long-term colleague, Deirdre Crowley (we both worked at The Grove way back when).

Deirdre provides a full range of graphic services including: graphic facilitation, communication design, graphic recording and training in basic skills. Deep background in healthcare, education and cross-cultural settings. Co-facilitation & other partnering opportunities are welcomed. She’s great!

 

THE GROVE CONSULTANTS INTERNATIONAL
www.grove.com
San Francisco, CA

A pioneer in the graphic way of working – this is the company of my mentor (and previous employer) David Sibbet. Excellent line of products and publications – including the highly recommended Strategic Visioning Process® and other Graphic Guides® for best practices of graphic facilitation, graphic consulting and change management consulting. They ‘guide you’, ‘teach you’ and help you ‘do it yourself’. I constantly recommend these folks and their products – I use them!

 

LANDAU CHARTWORKS
www.chartworks.us
Tiburon, California

Landau Chartworks is the go to place for the post-meeting documentation needs of graphic recording and graphic facilitation professionals.

They offer state-of-the-art large format scanning and printing services. Full digital processes that results in gorgeous, true-to-original colors and fine details. Digital files of any length: from flip chart to 30 foot murals, and everything in between. In business since 1999. I love them!

 

POSITIVE CULTURE COMPANY
www.positiveculture.ca
Calgary / Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Check out the graphic facilitation and graphic recording services of my fellow Canadians: Rob and Laurie Benn of the Positive Culture Company. As a husband-wife team, these two provide neutral third-party facilitation and community development consulting and can fulfill custom art design projects due to Rob’s fine art background. Also lead and record the popular World Café methodology – moving groups from dialogue to action. Available for travel throughout Canada and the United States. Really nice team, eh!

 

TAKE ACTION
www.take-action.com
Campbell, CA (Silicon Valley area).

Dana Wright is a let’s-do-it Graphic Facilitator with specialty in Sales and Marketing in High Tech settings. Pairs with internal design team to create multi-meeting events and campaigns. Team performance, strategic visioning and leadership coaching. Extensive experience in her Silicon-Valley region and internationally. I’ve known her and referred to her for over a decade.

 

THINKING VISUALLY
www.thinkingvisually.com
United Kingdom & Wales

Site of U.K. based graphic recorder, Vanessa Randle.

Vanessa works primarily as a graphic recorder, capturing process, content and outcomes for a diverse range of corporate and charitable/voluntary organizations: usually 1-3 day events.

Her work takes her throughout Europe and the U.S. She’s passionate about ‘bringing an element of fun’ to her events and she has 20 years in the field of learning & development.

 

SHIFT-IT-COACH, INC
www.shift-it-coach.com
Victoria, BC, Canada

Home of my graphic coaching practice. Life and business coaching for individuals, partners and couples – using the innovative SHIFT-IT Graphic Coaching Process® . Coaching packages, tools and training to help you “Become Your Next Self”. Mentor packages for budding graphic recorders and graphic facilitators. Plus excellent guidance in Law of Attraction basics via virtual mastermind groups.

 

*** If you would like specific recommendations to skilled visual practitioners for a particular need or geographical area, please email me. I am happy to assess your situation and help you locate the right graphics service professional for you and your unique needs. I have many contacts beyond those currently listed on this page, in many geographical, specialty and rate areas (including graphic recorders, graphic facilitators and studio graphics contacts).

If you are a graphics professional looking for referral work, please contact me so I can assess your skills and general fit – I may be able to link you with potential clients in areas you are most qualified for.

GENERAL INTEREST SITES:


INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF VISUAL PRACTITIONERS
www.ifvp.org

New association for the graphic recording/facilitation community. Host annual conference bringing together eclectic group of practitioners who use spontaneous visuals and graphics in their group work: consultants, facilitators, recorders, cartoonists, and other artists.


THE CENTER FOR GRAPHIC FACILITATION
www.graphicfacilitation.com

Check out The Center for Graphic Facilitation, Peter Durand’s diverse blog – many posts on things related to the niche fields of graphic recording and graphic facilitation, plus plenty of interesting art, graphic and other creative mentions.


MINDMAPPING – THE WORK OF TONY BUZAN
http://www.imindmap.com/

Site for Mindmap originator, Tony Buzan. Graphic overview technique with the ‘freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your brain’. Buzan Brain Friendly processes.


APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY
appreciativeinquiry.cwru.edu

A portal for sharing academic resources and practical tools on the Appreciative Inquiry approach (“positive change”).


OPEN SPACE
www.openspaceworld.com

Open space is an organic process to create multi-workshop spontaneous events, with a focus on distributed leadership and self-managed working groups.


PEER SPIRIT COUNCILS
www.peerspirit.com

Council process for creating circles with deep level of conversation that taps both mind and heart. Useful for getting to the conversation that isn’t happening (and needs to). Offer training, consulting, coaching, wilderness adventures, and writing and spirituality seminars. Author Christina Baldwin, “Calling the Circle”.


THE WORLD CAFÉ
www.theworldcafe.com

Website on Café technology that holds the space for ‘intentional conversation around questions that matter’. Juanita Brown and David Isaacs’ creative process for leading collaborative dialogue.

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